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I have always used activated carbon in my filter,since I have started a planted tank awhile ago,I've read that it should not be used,any suggestions would be greatly appreciated thanks.
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I never use carbon if you are dosing ferts dont use it
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I have not used it for a long time. I understand it can adsorb chelated minerals, such as iron, but pretty much ignores other fertilizer.
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its effective at removing organics yet unbroken by the beneficial bacteria in ur aquarium and tannins.
for the most part does not absorb fertilizers.

however its far cheaper and overall healthier to ur tank to change water
but it wont hurt a thing to have it

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Thanks everyone for your replies,I do a 40% water change every week,so mabey I will leave the carbon out.
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I stopped using Carbon about 8 months ago and will never go back. Saves me time and money, so i'm good without it.

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its effective at removing organics yet unbroken by the beneficial bacteria in ur aquarium and tannins.
for the most part does not absorb fertilizers.

however its far cheaper and overall healthier to ur tank to change water
but it wont hurt a thing to have it
I dont know why everyone thinks that Carbon is some sort of fert sucking magnet. It DOES NOT suck up ferts in a tank. I use it occasionally if the Tannins in my tank look a little strong as it helps clear it up. But normally dont use it much.

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I dont know why everyone thinks that Carbon is some sort of fert sucking magnet. It DOES NOT suck up ferts in a tank. I use it occasionally if the Tannins in my tank look a little strong as it helps clear it up. But normally dont use it much.
kinda along the same lines tha fertilzers cause algae too
people have been told things for soo long they believe them, and there are still sooooo many people who don't know who spread the false things

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"Unlike ordinary filter media, ADA filter medias were developed specifically for use in planted aquariums. Specialized carbon, charcoal, high-efficiency biological filter media targets the absorption and filtration issues important for long-term health and sustainabilty."
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"Unlike ordinary filter media, ADA filter medias were developed specifically for use in planted aquariums. Specialized carbon, charcoal, high-efficiency biological filter media targets the absorption and filtration issues important for long-term health and sustainabilty."
What a joke..
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In a well functioning heavily planted tank you do not need activated carbon.

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