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Activated Carbon recomenations

Postby Bobsled » Thu May 16, 2019 10:34 am

So I bought some API carbon not too long ago. I used it yesterday for the first time. I was surprised how small it was, too small for my mesh bags. And really dusty. Does anyone have a recommended brand that is bigger chunks and a good bang for the buck?

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Re: Activated Carbon recomenations

Postby Deeda » Thu May 16, 2019 2:39 pm

Rob, you could always use the existing small carbon in a scrap piece of women's nylon stocking and knot it so it doesn't escape.

I don't use carbon in any of my tanks so can't help with larger size pieces.
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Re: Activated Carbon recomenations

Postby DJRansome » Thu May 16, 2019 3:30 pm

I throw away the carbon that comes with filters.
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Re: Activated Carbon recomenations

Postby Bobsled » Thu May 16, 2019 3:41 pm

Deeda wrote:Rob, you could always use the existing small carbon in a scrap piece of women's nylon stocking and knot it so it doesn't escape.

I don't use carbon in any of my tanks so can't help with larger size pieces.


Just curious why no carbon in your tanks? First time for me, I don't make a habit of it. Tank was a little yellowish even with weekly water changes so I though I'd try the carbon. I'll check tonight if it was effective or not.

Also, how far are you from Big Rich and Ohio Fish Rescue?
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Re: Activated Carbon recomenations

Postby Deeda » Thu May 16, 2019 8:51 pm

Rob, no particular reason I don't use carbon besides the minimal expense. I find that my tanks are clear enough for my viewing pleasure. I did purchase bulk activated carbon from a OCA club member a few years ago and tried some in one of my tanks and didn't notice any difference so I sold the remaining 1.5 lbs at club auctions. However if one should ever use medications in a tank, it would come in handy to remove any remaining meds.

I'm about 15 minutes away from Big Rich and attended a local club visit there a couple months ago before he started the upgrade on his pool conversion to fish pond. Nice guy and doing the best he can for the fish he keeps.
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