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do you guys think carbon makes a differents
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I had my carbon off awhile and I can tell the differents to me.the water still clear but it's not like that crystal clear look.
 

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I don't use carbon, but I voted yes. I does a pretty good job of removing particles as well as removing odor. The problem is that is expensive since you need to replace it at least once a month. If you're only dealing with one smallish tank, then that's not such a big deal, but if you have multiple large tanks you'd be spending a lot of money. Besides, if you have your filtration setup for water polishing, you should not need the carbon. I've sometimes used a dedicated filter on each tank just for water polishing - blue bonded filter pad and poly-fil (from Wal-Mart). The only time I ever use it is to remove medications.
 

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It definitely helps give your water that polished, crystal clear look. I always keep fresh carbon in my fluval fx5 to remove fine particles and keep the water crystal clear. I certainly don't think it is necessary and it can be expensive.
 

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This is an amusing trend... I also voted yes... yet I do not use it...

Yes it works... but is it worth the extra effort? That is the question each individual will have to answer for themselves...

If your not sure, I suggest using it and changing it every 2~4 weeks... when it becomes a nuisance to maintain take it out... see what you think... For some people... on some set ups... it's well worth it... yet others... no so much...
 

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I say yes. I actually use 3 canister filters in my 125, and one is all carbon. I believe it helps w/ the odor and yes it does make my tank look crystal clear.
 

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I voted yes, but I don't normally use it either - I will if I have a new piece of driftwood, or I would if I needed to get rid of meds but fortunately......
 

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Only use carbon on my quarantine tank to remove the meds after I'm done, and it works great.
The other 20 tanks are without.
 

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voted yes and did use all the time for saltwater. for african cichlids, prob dont need it if u do water changes. they are one of the easiest fish to keep. super hardy.
 

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IME and IMO carbon is only useful when trying to remove medication, but even in that case i would prefer to use water changes for that.

Keeping a good maintenance routine and an understanding of your aquarium biology is all that is needed to keep your water crystal clear and to keep the smell away.
 

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o yeah thanks ;I have a 225gl in wall and I love the crystal clear water and I notice since when I stop using carbon,my water wasn't as clear .but maybe tomorow I'm going to buy me more carbon, :thumb: man I like the polish water.. peace. :wink:
 
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