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What purpose does the charcoal in filter serve?
 

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It absorbs chemical pollutants from the water...
 

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Does it ever go bad or old? I change my filter pads about about once a month and am just curious.
 

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Yes, after a few weeks, the charcoal begins to release the waste that it has collected.You should probably change the pads every 3 weeks. 4 weeksis kinda pushing it.Although I did 4 weeks sometimes..
 

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My charcoal just sits on a shelf. I have it thier in case of an emergency such as something spilling in the water or removing meds. (Knock on wood I have never had to use meds.)

Imo you really don't need it in a tank with good biological and mechanical filtration. Routine water changes and filter pad cleanings would go a lot further then anything charcoal would do for you.
 

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I couldn't agree more... :thumb:

iceblue said:
My charcoal just sits on a shelf. I have it thier in case of an emergency such as something spilling in the water or removing meds. (Knock on wood I have never had to use meds.)

Imo you really don't need it in a tank with good biological and mechanical filtration. Routine water changes and filter pad cleanings would go a lot further then anything charcoal would do for you.
 
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