Do I really need carbon?

Discussion in 'Filters and Filtration' started by Heather12404, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. Heather12404Valued MemberMember

    I have an AquaClear on my I really need the carbon all the time? It has the bio max cylinders in a bag as well as a sponge.
    I also have a Penguin BioWheel on my I really need carbon in this filter? I was thinking I could get some of the cylinders and sponge that I have in my AquaClear filter and put that in Penguin filter. Thoughts?
  2. AlyeskaGirlFishlore VIPMember

    No, you don't need the carbon. Adding either another sponge or biomax is what I used to do when I used my Aquaclears.

    Carbon is a personel preference to use all the time. It removes odors, heavy metals, meds and discoloration. I'm one that dose not use it.
  3. Lexi03Well Known MemberMember

    I do not use carbon either. I only keep a small jar on hand incase I would need to remove meds.

  4. You don't need it. Using carbon is a personal choice, some people use it all the time, and some people only use it to remove meds. Personally, I very seldom use it.
  5. OP

    Heather12404Valued MemberMember

    Sweet! Thank you all so much.
  6. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    I agree, its all about choice.
  7. CichlidSWAGA

    CichlidSWAGAWell Known MemberMember

    You also would need to change it every month or so. Waste of money IMO. I do not use carbon unless I'm cycling a tank
  8. OP

    Heather12404Valued MemberMember

    That's exactly what I thought - waste of money. But I love my AquaClear filter because of the cylinders and sponge so I was thinking I could get some of those and put those in the Penguin filter just to fill in the space where the carbon cartridge went....for extra media in the filter.
    I soooo appreciate the input. Thank you so much as always.
  9. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    def add more bio media, I actually do that with all my HOBs now, really all I buy them to be is a pump on the back of the tank and a place to hold media.
  10. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    That's really all they are.

    Or even more frequently, if you change a lot of water.

    I stopped using it a few years ago. If I were to use it now, it would be in a small HOB to make changing easy.
  11. CichlidSWAGA

    CichlidSWAGAWell Known MemberMember

    exactly! changing it in canister filters is a pain!

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