Activated carbon

Postby The fish shed » 2006-04-09 16:00

I was just wondering if my activated carbon can be just washed through in tank water like the rest of my filter media or if it has to be replaced all the time.

I do change it every month as I know that it can leach toxins back into the tank if not changed often enough.

But I was just wondering if I can make it last longer by washing it.

Thanks. :tup:
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Postby oxymoron » 2006-04-09 17:42

I might have been bad if u are not meant to...
I wash mine with seemingly no negative effect
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-04-09 20:45

Hmm - if I'm right, activated carbon works by trapping the"danger" molecules within it's own molecular structure.
I'm not sure you could just "wash" it out. Mick?

I change mine every six weeks (mines impregnated into a filter sponge) and it works perfectly.
I hear the best accarb to use is Coconut Carbon - apparantly it's the finest, and works the best.
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Postby Mick e. t. » 2006-04-10 00:08

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There are 2 articles on activated carbon, you will find in the fresh water articles forum.

I do reuse my carbon after first soaking it in a heavy salt solution for a week. After a good rinse it is ready to reuse or can be left to dry stored in a air tight container and used at a later date. (Important that it is stored in an airtight container)

You will find that just washing it is not suffice for it do it its job in the manner it was intended; eg removing toxines and medications after treatments
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Postby Apocalypse » 2006-04-12 20:17

If your aquariums are well established and you keep up with regular water changes, you DO NOT need to add any carbon to your filtration media. I only do water changed and filtrate my water through sponges/pads.
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Postby Mick e. t. » 2006-04-13 04:27

:hellothere: Apocalypse,
Before I make a full reply to you're response I would like KK. IBF or infact anyone to advise me if the article on Activated Carbon does exist or if it ever did. I have looked but have failed to find it. I am sure I posted a double article on this subject :wacko: :blink: somewhere on allfishforums. Wha tever the case may be I have posted them now adn they can befound in freshwater Articles <a href='http://allfishforums.com/index.php?showtopic=1570&st=0&' target='_blank'>here</a>. Should these articles exist then please delete the first postings, thank you.

So Apocalypse, as you have just read I have posted the articles again or not. :wacko: If you have not read them before you might find them interesting, if you do. I do not think you will find that even this guy suggest that his way is a must do. IMO it is a personal choice as to where you use it all the time or just for cleaning up after medications have been used. I do have one filter in my show tank which is totaly carbon whereas in my fish house all filtering is done by bio 2000's , even my sump is all sponge apart from the first stage, which is two trays of calcite. At the end of the day I think that we all do what we see fit for our fish and that no one is suggesting that it should be used on a long term bases. In good spirit, :tup:
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