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kmiceray 09-05-2011 07:02 PM

Running a Carbon pad in a planted tank?
 
I have a canister filter and I have put the carbon pad in it. My concern is that it may take out nutrients for the plants? Also, will the carbon affect the benefits of the Flourish Comprehensive?

Strand 09-05-2011 07:11 PM

Yes.

zof 09-05-2011 07:32 PM

Same with ^ theres no reason to use carbon in a planted tank and as you've said it will take out some of the stuff we put in with our liquid ferts.

Byron 09-05-2011 08:20 PM

I agree. Carbon has a great place in tanks with no plants, but in planted tanks the plants are better at filtering water, and they need all the nutrients to do this.

kmiceray 09-05-2011 08:28 PM

Thanks everyone! I will get it out tonight.

Strand 09-05-2011 08:29 PM

You can open up the pad and dump the carbon out and still use it.


I've done that on a few filters that came with the carbon pads.

kmiceray 09-05-2011 08:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Strand (Post 814822)
You can open up the pad and dump the carbon out and still use it.


I've done that on a few filters that came with the carbon pads.

Great idea.

Christople 09-05-2011 08:51 PM

carbon acts as a sponge and absorbs certain things... once it's capacity is reached it is useless, this happens faster I believe then the company says so


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