I agree with Butterfly. Sometimes charcoal is also good when your tank water has an odor. Some folks are more sensitive to the smell of their tank water, and in those cases, the charcoal can be helpful.Butterfly said:Probably don't need the charcoal except after medicating to take the medication out. But the little white ring things are really good. I think they can get stopped up but it takes a longtime and can be rinsed in tank water. Just my thoughts
Emma said:Rose, do you change both the foam and carbon packet at the same time? It shouldn't recycle every time u change the media...
:-[ :-[ :-[ :-[chickadee said:Emma said:Rose, do you change both the foam and carbon packet at the same time? It shouldn't recycle every time u change the media...
I know and I wish it were better, Emma; but the price of finding a filtration system small enough for the vase was to buy one with cartridges packed in plastic casings holding BOTH the styrofoam AND the charcoal so when one goes the other goes as well. There's no choice, I wish I knew of a small filter that would allow another way; but I afraid they would cause too much water disturbance. This filter does a fair enough job, it is just a pain going through the constant chemistry changes. I do use the Stress Zyme in his tank to help it along even though I don't as a rule like this kind of thing.
If anyone has any options for me as far as a different filtration system, please feel free to let me know. I am only working on the theory that ANY filtration system is better than none at all. This one is specially made for SMALL containers and has a control that allows a strict adjustment of airflow. I'm going to take pictures of some of this so you know what I'm talking about. Send them in the next post.