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.
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.
I do this and haven't had any issues (touch wood:-D).
Cool, definitely saves a TON of money.
i havent used carbon in my Fresh water tanks in over a year with no problems
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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