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PRichs87 07-25-2010 12:44 PM

Filter Pad
I decided I'd had enough of filter pads. I really don't need the carbon in my tank since I'm not medicating and decided to just get the filter insert that I had to cut down.

Is this ok?

My plants are doing better now and my counts are all good. Just wanted to see if other people do this.

zof 07-25-2010 02:50 PM

I just did this last week, the main reason for a filter is to remove floating solids in the water and a place for bacteria to grow.

tanker 07-25-2010 07:53 PM

I do this and haven't had any issues (touch wood:-D).

PRichs87 07-25-2010 08:15 PM

Cool, definitely saves a TON of money.

bearwithfish 07-26-2010 07:01 AM

i havent used carbon in my Fresh water tanks in over a year with no problems

nomel 08-18-2010 01:10 AM

No reason to change filter pads, just rinse it in non chlorinated water when you do your water change. The teaspoon or so of activated carbon that they usually put in those dinky little replaceable pads clogs too quickly to do much good anyways. If you do want activated carbon (I always use it when inserting new plastic things into the tank or sump), you can get a 1lb tub for around $12 (I think that's what I paid).

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