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Zeetrain 08-20-2010 11:06 PM

Filter Question
Is it bad to use filter media that has carbon in it? If so, should I cut it and take it out?

bones14 08-21-2010 08:48 AM

I would remove it.Carbon will remove nutrients that the plants need.

Byron 08-21-2010 11:49 AM

Agree. However, carbon "wears out" in time, fairly quickly actually, and the more stuff it adsorbs the quicker. So after a few weeks, it has probably lost its capability to do anything, and you could just leave it rather than messing with the filter design. However, if it is a separate pouch/insert or something and can be easily removed, then I would and replace it with regular filter floss/pad, whatever.

Zeetrain 08-21-2010 08:01 PM

Thanks for the posts guys.

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