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Active Carbon; Should i use
Topic Started: Oct 30 2017, 08:18 PM (114 Views)
Hi guys,

Im new to this FH. Just recently i wanted to get 1 of this fish. Can i know is it better to use active carbon in the filter?
How often should i change it? Does it really important to have this carbon in the filter?
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Welcome to FHRUS!!

I created this write up a few months ago, hope it helps!

Crystal clear aquarium water is what all hobbyists desire the most. While some hobbyists choose to keep the water clarity and quality perfect with regular water changes, others might like to experiment with a short cut technique known as chemical filtration. Chemical filtration consists of using any form of media that contains carbon and other chemical elements to remove either impurities in the tank. Certain types of chemical media might also reduce ammonia levels. However, can using chemical filtration be considered as an alternative to regular water changes? Continue reading to get answers to this question and others.

Can Chemical Filtration Reduce The Need to Do Water Changes?
Chemical media such as carbon might be able to accomplish the goal of giving you temporary results of clear water, lower ammonia levels and reduced impurities in the tank. The flip side to this is chemical media tend to remove toxins as well as nutrients from the tank. This is especially true in the case of prolonged use. This can lead to certain illnesses due to a lack of trace minerals in the aquarium water, some of these illnesses include HITH and Duck lips. You might be wondering how does using chemical filtration result in a bacterial infection such as duck lips, the answer might surprise you. Clear water doesn't necessarily mean clean water with low amounts of toxins such as ammonia. By seeing your tank water being clear, you might end up mistaking it as a healthy and sustainable system of keeping flowerhorns, which will eventually lead to bacterial and other infections.

What Can Chemical Media Be Used For?
Ideally, chemical media can be used to remove medicines from the tank water. This is done post a successful treatment where in the flowerhorn has regained his health and doesn't need to live in medicated water any longer. While chemical media such as carbon can be used to clear stained water and reduce ammonia issues, this should be used only in dire situations where time is of the essence. Keep in mind that using such media over 2 to 3 months is not recommended due to the reasons mentioned above.

For How Long Can I Use The Same Chemical Filtration Media?
For any reason if you still choose to use this form of filtration, then ideally chemical media has to be changed between 1 to 3 months of use. This will again depend on the type and quality of chemical media that you use. Certain types of activated carbon can be reused if they are recharged, instructions are given by manufacturers for such products. Keep in mind that, if you use a carbon cartridge for under gravel filters, then the success of using carbon will depend on you choosing the right sized cartridge. If you are buying loose quantities of aquarium carbon then using a fine net bag especially made to hold carbon is a good solution to the problem of the carbon spilling everywhere. Certain types of carbon media also emit a residue from the carbon pieces. Washing the carbon before using it can help significantly. Carbon also has to be placed into the filter to be used effectively. Note that, when you are washing carbon before using, make sure that you place it in the purchased net at the time of running it below tap water.

In a nutshell it can be said that, chemical media cannot replace the need to do regular and partial water changes, as extended use of this form of filtration will not only deplete the water of essential trace minerals but it will also give you a false impression of clean water, which can in turn result in a sick flowerhorn. If for any reason, you do decide to invest in this form of man made filtration for aquariums, then always prefer high quality media that wont have any adverse effects. Getting the right sized net bag to hold the carbon will prevent issues such as spilled media inside the filter.

For more informative articles on purchasing, raising and grooming flowerhorns, visit Flowerhorn Informative Guide at https://www.facebook.com/informationaboutflowerhorns/
Edited by Miss Sunshine, Nov 2 2017, 10:56 PM.
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Excellent explanation carbon etc. thank you
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