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kaineo 05-02-2007 01:48 PM

Should i be running activated carbon in my canister filter on a reef tank? i am converting my fish only to a reef. i have heard yes and no.

FragOutpost 05-03-2007 07:03 AM

It is good to run a small amount of carbon in a filter sock placed in an area of high flow in your sump. Running large amounts of carbon in something like a canister filter will provide lots of surface area for aerobic bacteria to grow which can increase the nitrates in your tank. Small amounts of carbon in a reef tank should be more so to polish the water and remove the yellow tint that can occur.

kaineo 05-03-2007 11:21 AM

how often should i change it out?

FragOutpost 05-04-2007 06:43 AM

Every 2-4 weeks should be good. It is better to use small amount and change more frequently as opposed to large amounts being changed less frequently.

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