carbon in filter in a planted tank
I just read on another post..
"but with carbon in your filter, I wouldn't recommend doing a planted tank, the carbon removes the nutrients the plants need."
Just wanted to get everyone't take on is this right?
I have had my tank up and running for 5 weeks with plants and 2 guppies who are doing great, but am having some algae trouble.
Should I take the carbon insert out of the filter and just have the sponge and bioMax filter inster?
Edited to add: I do a 30% waterchange once a week and add liquid fertilizer and used laterite in the gravel when I set up.
I used a sump aka a wet/dry filter, a trickle filter, all the same thing. I don't know if you need a protein skimmer or not for a freshwater tank, there's always sand filters to.[info][/info]
I don't use carbon at all, unless I am removing meds from the tank. Carbon does have the ability to remove needed, as well as unneeded, chemicals from the water. My power filters and canister filters have a filtering medium or sponge type medium to filter particulates. I also use these filters to place a softening pillow for those biotopes requiring a softer water. I do know, from experience, that carbon removes tanins from a blackwater tank. I didn't want that to happen. One of my many foobas in my fish keeping history.
Am I missing something?
I have read and been told that carbon can rmeove all of the needed nutrients incluidng iron. To me it makes sense because carbon is used to remove coppersafe which is a metal so I would suspect it can remove iron.
All I do know for sure is when I used carbon in my tanks my plants never thrived. When I removed it the plants grew much better and were much healthier not to mention the amount of algae I had decreased dramatically.
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