Diamond carbon blend ammonia neutralizer?

  1. Angels4

    Angels4 Valued Member Member

    I am going carbonless in my two tanks , I bought some rite-size bonded filter pad and biomedical noodles ... The guy Y petsmart said for me to buy the ammonia carbon blend to clear ammonia ,,, he said taking the carbon out I will have ammonia ? ???
     
  2. Xander

    Xander Well Known Member Member

    No. Carbon does not remove ammonia. The beneficial bacteria that has colonized your carbon will remove ammonia, however. So in a way, if you remove your carbon then yes, you may see some ammonia.

    The best thing to do is put your new media in, keep the carbon in there with it for a couple weeks so that your bacteria can colonize the new stuff without putting your fish in danger, and then finally removing the carbon completely. 2-3 weeks is usually long enough.
     
  3. OP
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    Angels4

    Angels4 Valued Member Member

    There isn't room for the new filter pad and the old one and the media bio noodles ,,,would the gravel have enough bacteria and maybe I can add the 7 day stability ?

    So if carbon helps with clear water and removing odors , what will happen now without it ?
     
  4. Tmosis

    Tmosis Valued Member Member

    If you keep up your water changes there should be no actual troubles.

    My carbon is basically inert as it has been in for months. My hob filters use Two filter cartridges so just rinse one every other week. The carbon is doing nothing at this point and I have no cloudiness or odor.
     
  5. OP
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    Angels4

    Angels4 Valued Member Member

    I put in two of the non carbon filters yesterday and so far today both tanks are perfect ...0 ammonia 0 nitrites and ph 6.5. ..my live plants are really doing the job .