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Josh lets us in on how often to change your carbon to keep your aquarium in tip-top shape!

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    brent245 1 year ago

    Haven't used carbon in years….. Not really needed

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      Fgar NY 1 year ago

      Why is not needed and what you use instead

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      brent245 1 year ago

      Fgar NY . Well unless you have a stinky tank or need to remove medication or other chemicals, you don't need to waste money.

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      Sarkazmo Loafy 1 year ago

      Same here. I've not used it in 20+ years other than to remove meds. Carbon use is also implicated as a possible cause of HitH (Hole in the Head) disease. Seachem's Purigen is one of the best "chemical" medias and certainly one of the most popular. It has the benefits of not releasing contaminants back into the water when exhausted and also being rechargeable with common household bleach (pure bleach, no scents, no easy pour/no splash.)

      A healthy tank should not smell bad. It should smell like freshly turned earth and only lightly of that. If your aquarium's water is cloudy and smells then you're doing something wrong and you need to get that sorted.

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    brent245 1 year ago

    Haven't used carbon in years….. Not really needed

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      Fgar NY 1 year ago

      Why is not needed and what you use instead

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      brent245 1 year ago

      Fgar NY . Well unless you have a stinky tank or need to remove medication or other chemicals, you don't need to waste money.

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      Sarkazmo Loafy 1 year ago

      Same here. I've not used it in 20+ years other than to remove meds. Carbon use is also implicated as a possible cause of HitH (Hole in the Head) disease. Seachem's Purigen is one of the best "chemical" medias and certainly one of the most popular. It has the benefits of not releasing contaminants back into the water when exhausted and also being rechargeable with common household bleach (pure bleach, no scents, no easy pour/no splash.)

      A healthy tank should not smell bad. It should smell like freshly turned earth and only lightly of that. If your aquarium's water is cloudy and smells then you're doing something wrong and you need to get that sorted.

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    Josh Vlogs - Salt Empire Corals 1 year ago

    Ive found that zoas dont like carbon much and Im pretty sure its been proven to cause HLLE in fish I use seachem Purigen Instead

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Carbon dust has been shown to have negative effects on reef aquariums. Using a high grade carbon and pre-rinsing is pretty import if you intend to use it on a reef aquarium.

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    hustlecoral vlogs 1 year ago

    Ive found that zoas dont like carbon much and Im pretty sure its been proven to cause HLLE in fish I use seachem Purigen Instead

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      Carbon dust has been shown to have negative effects on reef aquariums. Using a high grade carbon and pre-rinsing is pretty import if you intend to use it on a reef aquarium.

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    JJ Aquariums 1 year ago

    I like chemi pure and Purigen better

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      So do I for all things other than removing meds. A tad expensive to waste on that!

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    JJ Aquariums 1 year ago

    I like chemi pure and Purigen better

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      Thomas B 1 year ago

      So do I for all things other than removing meds. A tad expensive to waste on that!

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    Unpwnable 1 year ago

    I stopped using activated carbon and replaced with more ceramic rings =P

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    Unpwnable 1 year ago

    I stopped using activated carbon and replaced with more ceramic rings =P

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    Koopa clips 1 year ago

    Hey my fish had babies!?

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    Koopa clips 1 year ago

    Hey my fish had babies!????

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    Fresh Falcon 1 year ago

    This is a good video but where is the other guy…the guy who looked like Jesus before he got a haircut.

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    Fresh Falcon 1 year ago

    This is a good video but where is the other guy…the guy who looked like Jesus before he got a haircut.

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    MAGA Drain The Swamp 1 year ago

    I dont use carbon. Rather add more ceramic rings or add a piece of 50 micron filter which really clears the water up. If the water smells it usually means water change is needed.

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    MAGA Drain The Swamp 1 year ago

    I dont use carbon. Rather add more ceramic rings or add a piece of 50 micron filter which really clears the water up. If the water smells it usually means water change is needed.

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    Freshwater Fish Tank 1 year ago

    When to change "Ceramic Rings"?

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      Sarkazmo Loafy 1 year ago

      Never. Unless they start breaking down there's really no reason to replace them.

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    Freshwater Fish Tank 1 year ago

    When to change "Ceramic Rings"?

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      Sarkazmo Loafy 1 year ago

      Never. Unless they start breaking down there's really no reason to replace them.

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    Rudy Magallon 1 year ago

    sir i wonder about my aquarium heater, the indicator of heater only lights on in a few minutes then the lights off, i put the temperature adjuster on 80 degree F. is this normal of the heater sir? what is that mean sir automotically turning off the indicator lights.

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    Rudy Magallon 1 year ago

    sir i wonder about my aquarium heater, the indicator of heater only lights on in a few minutes then the lights off, i put the temperature adjuster on 80 degree F. is this normal of the heater sir? what is that mean sir automotically turning off the indicator lights.

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    AmnScottNN 12 months ago

    I would like to see your sources on how carbon "releases" chemicals back into the aquarium once it's "exhausted". This is an old rumor that has been in this hobby for years, not sure where it originated. Carbon does NOT leech chemicals back into the fish tank once it is at max absorbent capacity. Peer reviewed studies would disagree…Source(s): http://www.drtimsaquatics.com/resources/library-presentations/aquarium-hobby/activated-carbon2: https://bioresources.cnr.ncsu.edu/BioRes_08/BioRes_08_3_4323_Danish_HIS_SBS_Charac_Applic_Phys_Activ_Acacia_Carbon_3593.pdf

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    AmnScottNN 12 months ago

    I would like to see your sources on how carbon "releases" chemicals back into the aquarium once it's "exhausted". This is an old rumor that has been in this hobby for years, not sure where it originated. Carbon does NOT leech chemicals back into the fish tank once it is at max absorbent capacity. Peer reviewed studies would disagree…

    Source(s): http://www.drtimsaquatics.com/resources/library-presentations/aquarium-hobby/activated-carbon

    2: https://bioresources.cnr.ncsu.edu/BioRes_08/BioRes_08_3_4323_Danish_HIS_SBS_Charac_Applic_Phys_Activ_Acacia_Carbon_3593.pdf

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    Biological Media 8 months ago

    Sorry, your wrong. Carbon will not put the chemicals back into the acid, if you wanted to leach it out your aquarium will need to be at a ph of 1.5 or lower and you would have to set the temperature of your aquarium to 1400 degrees Celsius

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    Pure Primrose 2 days ago

    I change mine every 5 weeks and have never had anything leaking back in. I'm now wondering if I need it at all