Is carbon necessary?

  1. DebsR

    DebsR Member Member

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    Hi all,
    I am currently running the Fluval Hagen 206 canister filter on my 20gallon tank. The current media is:

    · Mechanical – 4X Foam Pads; 1X Polishing Pad; 1X Bio Foam
    · Biological – BioMax Ceramic Rings; Evolution Pure Aquarium Balls
    · Chemical – Activated Carbon; JBL BioNitratEX

    It's coming up time to change my carbon and I was just wondering if carbon was entirely necessary and/or if there was something better that I could be using in the chemical filtration part of my filter (top level)

    TIA
    Debbie
     


  2. axel

    axel Well Known Member Member

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    Carbon isnt necessary,it just remove harmful checmical that you may drop in your tank by accident or not.
     


  3. Bithimala

    Bithimala Fishlore VIP Member

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    Yep, not necessary. It will help remove impurities, as mentioned. Really good for removing tannins, if you need to remove medication, etc, but as an always-in thing, not a requirement.
     
  4. peregrine

    peregrine Member Member

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    Carbon isn't necessary unless you need to take out chemicals from the water. When doing any medication it can actually be a hindrance as it would remove the meds form the water.