Activated Carbon In Reef Tanks

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  1. Susan Bates

    Susan Bates Member

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    Ok I will ask this one ......I put chemo- pure elite in tank a couple of weeks ago and now my blue tang has HLLE have anyone one else had problems with this?
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    I mix 1 part carbon to 7 parts Rowaphos* then run it in a small reactor. I know the AC will exhaust before the Phosphate media but that doesn't bother me. Having said that, I've only been trialling this method for a month so time will tell.

    One thing I have noticed already is that the Rowaphos tumbles much better with carbon mixed in and doesn't seem to compact as quickly as it used to.

    * Just an arbitrary number to start with.
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    Carbon and Rowa need to be in separate reactors.

    Carbon should be tumbled much harder than Rowa.

    Carbon should be seen to be moving around. Rowa should have just enough flow to bubble the surface - any more and you will crush it to powder.
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    For the AC Lab Grade carbon I use they recommend avoiding tumbling at all. Besides tumbling most carbon grinds fines from it. The newer AC Carb fluidised chambers just starting to come out don't use flow through the carbon at all, it runs over and around it while the carbon is held firmly in place in it's own chamber, so it cannot move.

    Note these are only for carbon, not GFO etc.
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    Ok guys been told to remove chemo-pure elite and use carbon, one that is suitable for my tank, which brand would you recommend
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    Why do you have to remove one to run the other? I run both, it's called redundancy.
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    I am not sure really , can you please have a look at my thread, I have up at the moment called Montipora, also did you see i put up a list of my fish and what i ffed for you to look at please
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    No I didn't see that. I didn't get a notification which is strange. I'll take a look. :)
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