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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-18-2011, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Baking carbon or ceramic media?

Can you bake carbon and ceramic media fillers such as Fluval ceramic nodes to recharge them after several months of use? Thanks!
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-18-2011, 02:19 PM
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Ceramic media don't need recharging, quite the opposite. Their job is to be a home for bacteria. You just wash them off in tank water/dechlored tap water when they get really gunked up and put them back in.

You can try baking activated carbon at very high temperatures for a half hour or so and potentially cause the organic molecules that have collected on it to evaporate or decompose, but a lot of that 'ashes' will just stick to the carbon.
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