02-13-2012, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by 1077
So long as the tank has cycled,and you did not bother the other filter,it is doubtful that any harm will come.
Carbon, in order to release what it has collected through Adsorption (not absorption), would need to be subjected to temps not acheiveable in the aquarium.
Once activated carbon has Adsorbed all it can, it simply stops working and becomes home for dirt,mulm,bacteria (good kind),
Cleaning it by swishing the pad, cartridge.sponge,etc around in old aquarium water you take out during water changes will cause no harm.
Cleaning the material in tapwater however, can destroy the good bacteria that is gathered there.
Carbon isn't really needed except to perhaps remove dyes,medication's ,but given no more than most cartridges hold,and relatively short life with respect to remaing effective, it does no harm in most tanks.
Could possibly be detrimental in planted aquariums by possibly binding with, or adsorbing metals such as Iron which plant's need. IMHO
i cant belive i was so stupid to decide to mess with my tank just before leaving for work,, and not have time to fix it if i screwed it up.. thank you for putting my mind at ease.. boy i will never do that again..:)