Carbon in my filter

JazzieGurl

Hey guys,

I'm loving my planted tank and added some new plants today. But it got me thinking about my filter, as my plants are doing well but not thriving bar one.

I have a fluval u2 and a u3 running side by side in my tank (I'm wanting to upgrade to a canister filter at some point), in my filters there's poly/carbon pads and a foam pads in the cartridge.

I'm due to change the cartridges soon would I be better to buy the ones without carbon part?
Would my plants do better without the carbon side?
Thanks J
 

david1978

After a month carbon typically doesn't do much. As far as changing your cartridges you can clean them basically till they fall apart. Personally I haven't used carbon in years. I'm not a plant person but to my knowledge the carbon can remove some of the ferts from the water column so column feeding plants may be effected but root feeding plants won't.
 
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