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should i use carbon or not?
i was wondering about everyones opinion on carbon use in filtration. i always use chemipure and love it.. i always overfilter my tanks and was wondering what everyone is feeling about the pros ans cons of carbon.
I don't use carbon as I keep planted tanks and don't want/ need the carbon sucking up any of the nurients/minerals that the plants will use. The only time I used carbon was to remove medication residual after I had treated my tank for ich.
I'm with kymmie. Filtration on planted tanks is a different thing from non-planted tanks, both in terms of the type and the media. Carbon is practical on non-planted tanks; it does wear out though, and needs to be replaced regularly depending upon the fish and biological state of the tank.
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