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chunkdaddy

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Hey everybody,
I've got a quick question. Just bought an Aquaclear 50 and I was wondering, should I use the carbon media that is provided or would it be better to use a second peice of foam? I use well water in my aquarium and it is heavy in iron, I don't know if the carbon would make a difference or not?

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I don't think it would affect the iron. I have to add iron to my planted tanks for the red color plants and never reccommended not to use carbon. Carbon is good for clearing the water that that is usually the only time I use it. Most aquariust use it all the time from what I understand.
 

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Hello ChunkDaddy,

My two cents on activated carbon: I'm a firm believer that every freshwater aquarium should use it. Granted it is a personal choice and many members only use it at certain times, if they use it all. I respect that and it's their decision.

I use it around the clock in all of my tanks, changing it out every 3 weeks. After 3 weeks it tends to lose its effectiveness. I don't feel that carbon masks any problems but removes them as long as you change it out periodically. It absorbs minerals and organic substances, helps to keep your water clear, eliminates foul odors. It will also remove medications and discoloration in the water (caused by driftwood for an example). If you're running more than 1 filter on a tank, the carbon does not have to go into every filter only 1. I have 5 filters on my 265g and I only use it in 1 of them. The other filters you can stuff full of good bio media. (sponges, ceramic cubes and tubes, bio balls).

If your tank smells foul then I highly recommend adding activated carbon to your filter immediately. A water change would probably be a good idea too.

Ken
 

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My daughter's 10 gallon is overstocked. I do 40% water changes twice a week, and when I don't use carbon, I notice that the water gets a really "fishy" odor. I haven't used any carbon in my 38 gallon yet, but I plan on doing so. I bought a large container of Marineland activated carbon and a couple of re-usable media bags...much cheaper than buying the filters with the carbon pre-installed.
 
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Instead of the carbon, I use an extra sponge, but it is just my personal preferance
 

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Well, I think I'll go ahead and try using the carbon. Sounds like its worth a try, can always change out later.
 
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