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Old 01/04/2008, 04:34 PM   #1
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Is The Carbon In My Filter Cartriges Good Or Bad?

I HAVE HO PENGUIN FILTER THAT I REMOVED THE BIO WHEELS FROM...I BUY R/O BOTTLED WATER WITH SYNTHETIC SALT....SHOULD I REMOVE THE CARBON FROM THE CARTRIGES?


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Old 01/04/2008, 04:40 PM   #2
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Depends how long it been in there! You need to change it every 3months or so because it will become exausted. Its good IMO to run carbon.


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Old 01/04/2008, 04:42 PM   #3
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It should be discarded if it has run 4 days.

Carbon, among all things we use in our tanks, has a NASTY hidden feature. Once it 'saturates' with something it's absorbed, it starts releasing it BACK into the water hand over fist. It can even become a nitrate farm, due to detritus building up in its gaps.

Always keep track of the time carbon has been in your tank and don't forget.


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Old 01/04/2008, 05:36 PM   #4
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Sk8r, just to clarify, are you saying to change all carbon after 4 days or only on something small like his filter cartridge after 4 days? If its the former then ill have to rethink my regular changes out of a phosban reactor of every 3 weeks Longer than that I will agree it gets pretty cruddy! But thats just me


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Old 01/05/2008, 07:30 AM   #5
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I have a Penguin 200 HOB filter and removed the wheel some time ago. I change out the carbon filter cartridge with every other weekly 10% water change.


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Old 01/05/2008, 11:25 AM   #6
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Anyone else have any thoughts on this ? Very Interrrrresting...


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