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tropicpr
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PostPosted: 2005.04.20(Wed)18:47    Post subject: Peat and Carbon Reply with quote

Hi to all:
I like to know if activated carbon and peat can be used together in the filter. I have read that carbon neutralizes the ability of peat to soften water and lower pH. Also, can carbon neutralize the capacity of peat to lower TDS? I has been said that peat also has antibiotic properties and the capacity to absorb metals. If I remove carbon from the filter, will this have a negative effect in fish? If so, what could happen.

I am fighting high conductivity in the aquarium. Readings have been as high as 1,650 microsiemens. The source conductivity is 358 all the time. I do two 20% water changes a week and use filtered water (not R/O). The filtered water has the same conductivity as the source.
No ammonia, zero nitrites, nitrates at 5. High phosphates, 4dGH, 7dKH.
Appreciate any advice, suggestions, ideas.
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Location: Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: 2005.04.21(Thu)8:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peat's organics will simply fill up AC extremely quickly making Peat and AC effectivly useless as a combo.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.21(Thu)9:23    Post subject: Peat and Carbon Reply with quote

Thank you very much.
I want to cover all angles I can in terms of water quality before I start adding Discus in the aquarium. Here, Discus are very expensive and good ones are difficult to find. I don't want to risk adding fish in to loose them after a few months because I have not learned what is needed to keep them alive and healthy.
Thanks a lot again.
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