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Kalvin987654321
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PostPosted: 2004.11.11(Thu)20:51    Post subject: Filtering Water Reply with quote

I have a 10g and a 30g tank. Both of them have filters. But there is no carbon. Does this mean the fulter are useless?

I have been having these tanks for a long time, fishes are fine.

But should I buy carbon Question
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PostPosted: 2004.11.11(Thu)22:01    Post subject: Re: Filtering Water Reply with quote

Kalvin987654321 wrote:
I have a 10g and a 30g tank. Both of them have filters. But there is no carbon. Does this mean the fulter are useless?

I have been having these tanks for a long time, fishes are fine.

But should I buy carbon Question


You shouldn't need chemical filtration (carbon) with a planted tank. If you have the foam in there, then you'll have the biological and mechanical filtration, so the filter is not useless. Supposedly, all you really need in a planted tank is the mechanical filtration. The plants are suppose to take care of the other two.
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PostPosted: 2004.11.12(Fri)8:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

what other media is in the filter though? carbon isn't necessary IMHO.
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PostPosted: 2004.11.12(Fri)10:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

As long as you have some filter floss in the box to catch debris and junk the filter pulls up you're fine. If the tnak is planted and you have no floss in the filter than you have a glorified power head for water movement.

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Kalvin987654321
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PostPosted: 2004.11.12(Fri)17:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have no plants in my tank. I do have sponge fitler, that already gives some bacteria.

so should I get some carbon if I don't have plants?
water SOMETIMES smell fishy (just a bit) but water is not cloudy Very Happy

I do do 1% water change every day. just to suck up the crap.
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PostPosted: 2004.11.13(Sat)0:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is some good info on filtration.
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