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Old 18-01-2006, 02:34 AM posted to rec.aquaria.freshwater.plants
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Default new planted tank setup- what about the filter?

i just setup a 55g tank, i read somewhere that the carbon filter stuff
is bad for a planted tank. do i just take those out and let the filter
run to circulate water? i have a whisper or penguin 330 or 350 or
something, dual spinning wheels.

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Old 18-01-2006, 07:21 AM posted to rec.aquaria.freshwater.plants
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Default new planted tank setup- what about the filter?

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fusQuanto wrote:
i just setup a 55g tank, i read somewhere that the carbon filter stuff
is bad for a planted tank. do i just take those out and let the
filter run to circulate water? i have a whisper or penguin 330 or
350 or something, dual spinning wheels.


Yep - let the filter run at the very least for good biological filtration
(i.e. the wheels). You might want to use a layer of mechanical filtration
media too though (i.e. filter wadding the water would have to go through so
solids are trapped in the filter and you can remove it periodically). Good
luck and later!


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Old 19-01-2006, 05:51 AM posted to rec.aquaria.freshwater.plants
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fusQuanto wrote:
i just setup a 55g tank, i read somewhere that the carbon filter stuff
is bad for a planted tank.



You'll hear that alright. And you'll hear carbon adds phosphate
and you'll hear it removes iron and/or trace elements. Whatever.

It makes your water clean and smelling nice. We use the same stuff
in brita filters to make wate so clean girls in blue swimsuits
dive into the stuff that comes out of these plastic cannisters
if you can believe TV ads. Good stuff that carbon.

It has to be high quality carbon, but I've never seen any difference
using it and not using it that I could attriute to carbon. Change
your water and fertilze and you really needn't sweat anything
else, it'll all just click. Did I mention the importance of
reqular frequent no kidding don't put it of till tomorrow again
water changes?

Why are you still sitting there, get up and go get a hose.


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Default new planted tank setup- what about the filter?

If you are using a liquid fertilizer, carbon could filter it right out
of the water. That is, until the carbon has been in there for a while
(week?), by then the carbon has soaked up all it is going to and could
be taken out all the same.



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