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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-09-2003, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Will carbon remove that nice blackwater look I'm getting from my driftwood? what's the general opinion on using carbon or similar filtration on planted/fertilized tanks? Right now I'm just running sponge in my power filters. It works well, but I'm just curious.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-09-2003, 07:50 PM
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Unless you want to remove all the color and micro/trace nutrients from your tank, don't use carbon. There really is no need for carbon in a planted tank other than to remove organics and inorganic chemicals. The plants take care of that function for the most part.

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Best way to reduce the blackwater look you get from tannin emission from your driftwood is water changes. It also might help to take out the driftwood every 8-10 months and scrub them down. Generally, you don't want to run carbon in a planted tank, Like Marcel said, it will strip not only unwanted dissolved substances but also desireable nutrients and minerals.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-11-2003, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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actually, I like the blackwater look. It really enhances the coloration of the silver angels. I wasn't sure if using the carbon that came with my filters would take that color out. Decided to err on the side of caution, so I left it out. I also felt that carbon wasn't strictly necessary in a well cared for and balanced tank.

Now that I know there are *benefits* to leaving it out... well, thanks guys for the info.

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That is a very " natural " look to the water column and really does compliment fish color ... Im jealous ! :P
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hey Buck, I'm jealous of your tanks. So crystal clear and great layouts. My (cycling) planted 55 is still kind of murky, and no fish yet, but plenty of african driftwood. No shortage of blackwater here

Seriously though, between your and Sam's (hi Sam!) plant diagrams on your websites, I've been able to round out my plans. I've emailed pics off both of your sites to my DH. I think it's reconciled him to all the $$ I've been spending, knowing the end result can be so attractive.

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Stacey,

If your 55 has a high plant load you may not see it cycle. When I was setting mu 55 up I just loaded it up with plants and turned on the lights. I was adding ferts within a week. The first fish (Ottos) went in after about three days. Within a couple of weeks I pretty much had the entire tank stocked. I have yet to see a trace of ammonia or nitrites in the tank.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-18-2003, 03:29 AM
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Thankyou for the kind remarks Stacey...

Rex is right...get yourself some fast growing plants in that tank and you will be in business in no time.
If you are ever interested in clippings of my plants just shoot me an email and we'll see what I can do.

Now get planting ! :hehe:
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