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Hey All,

I was at the LFS today and i was talking to the guy there. Its a specialized fish store, not a "pet" store so i took what he had to say as true but want to double check.

1) He told me that i shouldnt be using active carbon in my mature tanks filter system because it will remove some of the trace elements i will be adding. T or F ?

2) Also he said that instead of the carbon layer in the Aqua Clear filter to just use 2 sponges (instead of 1) for extra mechanical filtration and some bio-rings to help with biological filtration if i want, but they weren't absolutely necessary because a mature tank usually has enough bio filtration going on on the surfaces in the tank. T or F ?
 

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The sponges should last for years. Just wash them off when the flow is restricted. Also good as prefilters.
 
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