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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-21-2011, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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filter question

I was wondering should keep the carbon in my filter or take it out
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If you are dosing ferts take it out for sure.


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The carbon will be "full" and stop absorbing nutrients in short order. After that, it provides a nice home for biofilter bacteria to grow.

Just don't replace the carbon. Clean it periodically like you would any other filter media.

And if it's in a bag, if you ever need to set up a new aquarium and immediately add a few fish, you can just move the bag over. Comes in handy!
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As stated, remove if you're dosing. Save it for your QT tank. In its place, put in more bio or mechanical media.
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Ok thanks. I have it out now because of a ick treatment but. Just didn't know if it should be
Left out for my plants I knew it took good stuff out but just didn't know what
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How do you reuse or regenerate the carbon once they are 'full'?
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The average hobbyist cannot regenerate carbon.

It is generally just trashed.

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And new jugs of carbon are cheap. Refill when needed. Though it's completely unnecessary to keep carbon in a filter fulltime.
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I think if you can heat the carbon to VERY high temperatures in a vacumn you can regenerate it...
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I think if you can heat the carbon to VERY high temperatures in a vacumn you can regenerate it...
If you can achieve a 500-600C environment under a nitrogen/argon atmosphere, then yes, you can regenerate your activated charcoal.

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If you can achieve a 500-600C environment under a nitrogen/argon atmosphere, then yes, you can regenerate your activated charcoal.
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Keep some carbon in the cupboard to remove medicines if needed. But I have not kept carbon in the tanks for years.

Not regenerable using methods commonly available at home.

Activated carbon has an afinity for organic molecules, though it will pick up non-organic molecules, too. In terms of plant fertilizer, carbon may remove chelated iron, but probably does not bother the other fertilizers that are normally dosed as salts.
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Why you dont reply to my pm??
I have not received any PMs from you...?

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just use purigen. i think it works better and its rechargeable.
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after only 1 week the carbon is kaput (maybe with chances 2 weekd)
imo Activated Carbon is only for Malawi/ Tanganyka tanks.
Planted tanks are not for carbon (they remove the trace elements)
After they are kaput that activated carbons are ..maybe some sort of a filtermedia. But not a brilliant one
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