Carbon Removal?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Fishgrub, Jul 21, 2017.

  1. Fishgrub

    FishgrubNew MemberMember

    My betta fish has fungus growing on her and I bought kordon fungus removal. On the back it tells me to remove carbon from my filter, is it okay if i just take out my filter or cartridge all together and use the med for a few days? My betta used to live without the filter for awhile before I got the tank
  2. FishFish221

    FishFish221Well Known MemberMember

    Removing the filter will disrupt the nitrogen cycle (click on the blue letters to read about it), which will result in the ammonia and nitrite in the tank to rise to dangerous levels.
    What type of cartridge and filter is it?
  3. OP

    FishgrubNew MemberMember

  4. el337

    el337Fishlore LegendMember

    You should be able to cut a slit through the cartridge and dump out the carbon. Then put the cartridge back into the filter.
  5. Terabyte

    TerabyteWell Known MemberMember

    Yeah that should work. Depending on the size on tank I would get a HOB with room for more than pre made cartridges. I have a penguin 170 on my 20 Gal and I took the filter insert out, added some ceramic rings, took a bag made of filter floss and filled it with ammo-carb, and put two filter pads in there and it works great
  6. shiv234

    shiv234Well Known MemberMember

    just cut the bag and tank out the carbon...Do you know why they said to remove the carbon. I know why but just want to see if you know
  7. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    Do not take out the media as that would make your tank instantly uncycled. And will cause ammonia to rise because there are no BB to handle it. Cut a small part on the cartridge and take out the carbon that way.
  8. OP

    FishgrubNew MemberMember

    Thanks, I'll cut it out

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