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Can carbon be reused?

One of my fish appears to have ich. The carbon was only put in a month so I have to take it out coz the treatment states to remove the carbon filter.

I have the carbon sitting in a treated tap water with prime. Should I let it sit dry? or should I just throw it out completely? It still looks new and hate it to go to waste. what would be the best decision?



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carbon only lasts a few weeks you should throw it out
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I suppose it depends on the volume of water and the amount of activated carbon you have, but most likely, its adsorptive capacity has been exhausted.

While it can be re-activated, you will need a high temperature oven along with an inert gas environment to do so, making it impractical to do at home.

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It doesn't make any difference to let it dry out but why are you using carbon in the first place? It's usually not recommended in a planted tank.
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carbon only lasts a few weeks you should throw it out
Ok thanks for the input

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It doesn't make any difference to let it dry out but why are you using carbon in the first place? It's usually not recommended in a planted tank.
I have a separate tank which isn't planted.

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It doesn't make any difference to let it dry out but why are you using carbon in the first place? It's usually not recommended in a planted tank.
Carbon is fine in a planted tank and any effect it might having regarding the removal of micro nutrients is minimal and outweighed by its short term capacity to remove pollutants.

ADA uses predominantly carbon in their filters for the first month or two of a new set up and then as needed later on.
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