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Old 03-03-2003, 08:56 AM
Dave M. Picklyk
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Default Carbon in filter: Really absorbs liquid fertilizers??

If carbon removes heavy metals, then would it remove some of the trace
elements that we add to the tanks?

"LeighMo" wrote in message
what is carbon used for then?
non-planted tanks with high bioloads? to remove all the amonia from the

No, carbon won't help with ammonia.

Carbon helps with water clarity, and absorbs things like heavy metals. It

also help if the tank smells bad.

But a well-run tank really doesn't need carbon, planted or not. I use it

specific, temporary purposes only: removing medication after treatment is

clearing the water if you've just put in dark piece of driftwood that's
staining the water, etc.

I haven't used carbon in my filters on a regular basis for years.