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Ok, im pulling up some plants yesterday. I noticed what looked to be activated charcoal chunks in my gravel/flourite. Ok, so i pull some out and sure enough it is! im going to assume it is many years old. the particular gravel i used came from my sump from my 240gal pred tank. should i pick it out or not worry about it?
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I wouldn't worry about it at all. "Old" activated carbon might not be a bad substrate, with its high ion exchange capability plant roots should like it a lot. I believe it's even added to some terrestrial substrates, for better aeration.
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lol I wonder if carbon subtrate would work? lol
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i figured it may be helpfull, since its years old. but ive been having a huge problem with my nitrate, i just tested it today and its 40ppm my phosphate levels are at 2ppm, is this acceptable?
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While it is not a huge problem, it might stress some fish. I would lower NO3 below 20 ppm, by increasing water changes, reducing bioload, getting more plants...
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While it is not a huge problem, it might stress some fish. I would lower NO3 below 20 ppm, by increasing water changes, reducing bioload, getting more plants...
Wasserpest's suggestions are correct, as long as the nitrate and phosphate sources are in the tank. If it's from your tap then you have to take a different plan.
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Ive got a fairly heavy bioload temporarily, im running a penguin 160 until i decide on a good canister. what fast growing plants can i chuck in? ive got some sunset hygro, and another form of hygro, plus many other plants that im not yet able to id. ill post pics tommorow.
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Just about any Hygro will do the trick. You may also look into buying some watersprite, water wisteria, Asian Ambulia, and Myriophylliums. They are all quick growers and will eat up some of those extra nitrates.

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Alright, ill plant some of my hygro into the 20 long.
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