Activated Carbon To Remove Medication

  1. Z

    Z123Killer Well Known Member Member

    When using activated carbon to remove medication, can I put the carbon bags right where the water comes in? I have an Aqueon Quietflow filter and if I put the bags near the output I will need to use much more...
     
  2. Meowmy

    Meowmy New Member Member

    I thought Aqueon Quietflow filters already include carbon in their cartridges...
     
  3. OP
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    Z

    Z123Killer Well Known Member Member

    I don't use their cartridges, I just buy separate filter foam and use that.
     
  4. Meowmy

    Meowmy New Member Member

    Oooh, I see!

    If it's the flat part right after the intake, you should be okay if the carbon bag sits soundly and doesn't rest on top of anything (I don't know much about Aqueon filters/their anatomy). Can't smush it with the foam?
     
  5. Briggs

    Briggs Well Known Member Member

    Typically I think biological filtration is supposed to come before chemical, but since it's temporary I don't think it'll hurt anything to put it first.
     
  6. OP
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    Z

    Z123Killer Well Known Member Member

    Ok, and how long should leave the carbon bag in the filter? A month?
     
  7. NavigatorBlack

    NavigatorBlack Fishlore VIP Member

    If you are taking meds out, leave it for 2-3 days maximum. I expect you'll be changing water too, and the two in combination will do it.
    Carbon can release stuff back in too, so it's best not left too long. In removing meds, you are doing pure mechanical filtration.