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Different activated carbon question

Postby sirdavidofdiscus » Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:39 am

Other than organics what does carbon remove? I have well water and I was thinking of pretreating the water through a carbon filter. Also I'm kicking around the idea of collecting rainwater. With the plan to run through carbon filtration before using.
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Postby Number6 » Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:22 am

Activated carbon is like the word "juice". Many kinds, some good, some not so good.

The good stuff will adsorb volatile organics, ammonia, copper, etc. The cheap stuff will not...
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Postby BillD » Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:27 pm

For what you are planning, the easiest way might be to get a cannister water filter (of the type used for drinking water) and use the carbon cartridges available for them.
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Postby sirdavidofdiscus » Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:30 pm

BillD the proiblem with that is volume. I will be running about 1000 gallons so water changes are going to average 75 gallons or more a day.
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Postby moneygetter1 » Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:53 pm

sirdavidofdiscus wrote:BillD the proiblem with that is volume. I will be running about 1000 gallons so water changes are going to average 75 gallons or more a day.


8) Wow!! Sounds like you need to chk a 'whole house' type of potable water filter system. Combo activated charcoal water filter, which absorbs potentially toxic chemicals & ultraviolet water filters use radiation to eliminate the risk of bacteria and other biological contaminants. It's gonna be pricey purifying that much water daily. "T"
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Postby Number6 » Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:54 pm

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You can buy high quality carbon in bulk so it really shouldn't be a concern.
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Postby masonv » Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:25 am

I'm about to start up a 180 gallon with a sump. I would like to use some carbon. What is a good kind
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Postby moneygetter1 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:19 pm

masonv wrote:I'm about to start up a 180 gallon with a sump. I would like to use some carbon. What is a good kind


:popcorn: http://www.seachem.com/Products/product ... arbon.html
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Postby Number6 » Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:33 pm

masonv
most laboratory or Reef Aquarium grade activated carbon is good. I don't personally pay the premium price for Matrix, but it's good carbon if you are willing to pay.
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