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Carbon or No carbon?

I am new to planted aquariums but have been keeping many other types of aquariums for many years. My question is do you think it is better to use carbon in the filter or not to use carbon in the filter?

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I only use carbon after I medicate the tank...otherwise, no carbon.
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Ditto.

An alternative to carbon that is "plant tank safe" would be Purigen by Seachem.
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I'm using it right now while my tank is cycling... I dont know if it's making any difference, positive or negative. But I'll take it out in a week.


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Well, Eheim recommends you run carbon for the first week (or was it month?) to help adsorb any manufacturing residues that may be present. Cycling seems a good time to use it to me based on that.
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What would be the reason for not using the carbon. Positive versus negative effects?

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Some same carbon removes some nutrients you add for a planted tank. I personally dont buy that.

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fshfanatic, Do you add carbon in your tank or not?

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fshfanatic, Do you add carbon in your tank or not?
I add chemipure, not carbon per say, but it is a carbon/resin mix. So to answer your question, yes.

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Controls ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate, by removing nitrogenous organic waste materials. Seachem Purigen also significantly raises redox to improve aquarium water quality and clarity.
If i get that right, according to seachem, purgen can remove nitrogenous organic, meaning control the nitrate in water, stuff that we dose everyday.

Personally, i only have sponge in my filter. Plant is a good biomass filter itself.
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No, stagius, it's all in how that's worded. Purigen adsorbs nitrogenous waste, that if otherwise allowed to remain circulating would break down to form nastiness. It doesn't take the actual nitrate and other ferts dosed out of the water column. Seachem has lot of information on the website about it, but basically it's a macroporous polymer resin that adsorbs very small particles. Though, I think even Seachem says they don't know exactly how it works.
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Though, I think even Seachem says they don't know exactly how it works.
Seachem says that about several of their products. If it were any other company that would be a red flag to me, but the Seachem stuff seems pretty tried and true.
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Hehe, I agree. It's also refreshing though, in a way, that they just say "we don't know" instead of making up some sort of crazy story like so many other companies do.
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Hehe, I agree. It's also refreshing though, in a way, that they just say "we don't know" instead of making up some sort of crazy story like so many other companies do.
Agreed completely, it gives them personal trait, not just like a machine of a company that states facts that may or may not be true. It works, why need a reason?


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Carbon removes alot of bad bacterial and heavy metals, but it also takes out a lot of the good stuff plants need. If you are using a good water conditioner like seachems you don't needed. Only when removing medications.
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