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post #11 of 12 Old 02-03-2017, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by jaysee View Post
There are a lot of old wives tales that still persist in this new age of fish keeping. Understanding how activated carbon works and what it does, it's just not true. I mean, aside from some very specific instances where carbon is called for, such as removing medications, there just aren't harmful chemicals in your tank to be adsorbed, let alone to then be released later.

In order to recharge AC (get it to dump what it had adsorbed), you have to expose it to like 700 degrees in a zero oxygen environment.
Chemistry was my worst subject in college. Give me physics any day! But thinking about it a bit more, activated means the carbon is in an unstable state and wants to bind electrons with something (regular carbon is a stable element IIRC.) If it binds with a different chemical the weak nuclear force will keep those molecules together, right? (Still drinking my first cup of coffee.) So yeah, that makes sense. I think. Coffee!!

Sorry for the rabbit trail autumnwhiteee. How are the fish doing today?
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post #12 of 12 Old 02-04-2017, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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everybody is still alive. I might get a liquid kit today if i can find one
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