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Ferts removed by chemical absorbents?

I'm considering mixing Purgen, and Marineland's Diamond Blend charcoal/ammonia remover in a media bag and putting it in my canister filter to help polish the water.

BUT, before I do that will this addition also absorb my liquid fert dosing?
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Well in theory,you should have no need for ammonia reducer/scavenger's in an established tank.
The charcoal could remove metal's such as Iron(plant's need), but is only effective for maybe a week or two .
As for polishing the water ,I think water changes would achieve the same goal but I have used the purigen the past with no ill effect's on plant's.
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I'm considering mixing Purgen, and Marineland's Diamond Blend charcoal/ammonia remover in a media bag and putting it in my canister filter to help polish the water.

BUT, before I do that will this addition also absorb my liquid fert dosing?
Hi Mr. Bean,

Yes, activated charcoal will remove nutrients. I find that Seachem Purigen helps improve the clarity and brightness of my tanks by removing the organics and it will not effect any fertilizers that you add.

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Thanks guys, I'll just go with some Purgen. I do very frequent water changes as a result of the battle with algae and thought adding all this may help...but your logic is solid and I'll fore go the charcoal/ammonia portions.
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