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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-16-2004, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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in a planted tank?

I am about to make my first REAL planted tank and I started thinking that maybe the carbon would remove some of the good stuff (ferts, nitrates) for the plants. Am I right in this assumption?

Anyways, this is my first post. I just want to say hello to the people of plantedtank.net. I am really impressed with the info and the tanks on display as well. I have generic planted tank right now with some cardinals, rams, and corys. I recently purchased some new substrate for my next step in the hobby. It's a 20 gallon and I'm about to do a transPLANT, with another 20 gallon high that I have at my parents house. I have already bought 2 bags of ECO-Complete, 1 bag of Black Tihitian Sand, a Hagen CO2 kit, a CO2 reactor, 2X 36 watt flourecent lights, picked a bunch of rocks from the river (all shapes and sizes, boiled and tested the PH), Enhiem ECCO 2231, plants are on the way. Well, thats about it. It has costed a good amount, but expected that. I plan on posting some pics and i hope everthing turns out well. Thanks for the help everyone.

If you have any ideas and suggestions to get me going, please feel free to share.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-16-2004, 10:10 PM
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Hello quezoxx, welcome to the world of planted tanks! You are correct, activated carbon will remove certain nutrients, especially "traces" from the water, thereby limiting plant growth.

Seems like you are on your way getting addicted, there is no going back now! Take out that second mortgage, and jump right in!

Looking forward to your pics...


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Well gawd dang quezoxx ! Ya had me nervous when I read the thread title but it seems you have done some reading and are ready to go !
Welcome to the forum and to the addictive hobby of the planted tank!

One suggestion only... have fun with the tank! Start yourself a "journal" of the tank here in the photo gallery so that we can all either learn or teach as you go... thats what makes us all better.

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I've had this on my mind as well. So, if you're not going to use activated carbon in your filter (say, an Emperor or something which uses a filter pad), what SHOULD you put in there? Filter wool only?
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Welcome, your right carbon is not a good idea in planted tank, plants will remove most nasties aside from the ones we condition the water for.

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Its OK to use carbon. There, I said it. While at first it MAY remove a minute amount of traces, after a while the carbon loses this ability, and becomes home to the millions of beneficial nitrosomas or nitrifying bacteria. So for the small amount of carbon in your filter cartrdige don't waste your time removing it or lose sleep over it. I have carbon in all of my filters, have yet to kill a single plant because of it. Remember, you will be adding all kinds of goodies to the tank, including, yes you guessed it, more trace elements than the plants will ever use and most will be thrown out with the change water.
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Aquaman is correct the world will not end if you have carbon in there now.
However if you leave it in there until it is saturated, it does have a tendancy to leach those minerals back into the water which could cause problems down the road.

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