Question About Carbon

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So, I have a Aquaclear 20 hooked up to my 10 gallon tank. As you might know it has a sponge thing on the bottom followed by activated carbon, and BioMax. So activated carbon takes chlorine and other harmful substances out of your water. Does this mean you can put chlorinated tap water in the tank? Will the carbon pull the chlorine out fast enough for it to not harm the fish?
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Carbon will not remove chlorine. You will need to use a water conditioner to remove chlorine. Prime is what most of us use.
 

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No it will not IMHO pull the chlorine out fast enough. You might be OK, but would use seachem Prime, stress coat +, or the water conditioner /dechlorinater of your choice.
 
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"Active charcoal carbon filters are most effective at removing chlorine, sediment, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), taste and odor from water."
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hacksaw15 you're wrong
 

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Daniel Nebushkow said:
"Active charcoal carbon filters are most effective at removing chlorine, sediment, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), taste and odor from water."
Wikipedia
hacksaw15 you're wrong
Maybe so, but still don't think it will remove it fast enough, use dechlorinater or not. Not worth the risk of your fish.
 
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I know i did that with previous fish without knowing and it worked out fine
 

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toolman said:
Maybe so, but still don't think it will remove it fast enough, use dechlorinater or not. Not worth the risk of your fish.
I agree, too slow. Inline carbon block filters do remove chlorine, but all the water is running through the carbon in that situation. If you dump 30 gallons of chlorinated water in your tank it could take a long time for it to see the carbon in your filter. And unless the carbon is very fresh, no way to tell when it stopped working. There is not much carbon in most filter cartridges.
 

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If you have made up your mind, then do it already. Why even bother to ask?

I'm not gonna buy fish just to take a chance on killing them. You may have just gotten lucky the first time, or you may have caused long term health issues to them.

Your money, do what you want.
 
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Woah man. Calm
I was just wondering what everyone thought
 

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Daniel Nebushkow said:
"Active charcoal carbon filters are most effective at removing chlorine, sediment, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), taste and odor from water."
Wikipedia
hacksaw15 you're wrong
I stand corrected.
 
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That's ok hacksaw
 

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No problem, just saying this hobby is expensive enough without taking chances. My fish are relatively cheap, but I'm getting some that aren't and I don't think it's worth it. Buy the prime. Wish you luck whatever you do.
 
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Thanks
 
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