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Old 04-23-2010, 02:28 PM   #11 
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Next, I'm wondering if having the carbon filters with my topfin filter is required. I've heard people say that you can replace the carbon with something else and it works the same. Anybody have any idea?

There is no real reason to not use the carbon in your filter. Some individuals with High pH water will use 100% organic Sprahgen Peat in small amounts (ussually 1 aerated cup per 10 gallons) in order to lower their PH by as much as 5 to 6 points.

I haven't done this myself yet, but after much research, there is only one wholesale brand that meets these requirements of 100% organic without any additives.

It is the "Premier" brand, 100% Organic Sprahgen Peat Moss from Canada. It is available in HUGE bulk from Lowe's for about 10 dollars in a 2.2 cu. ft. container.

THere are LFS stores that carry smaller amounts, but they charge an arm and a leg for it.

THere are many other additives you can put in addition to your carbon as well for assisting your water chemistry like a multi compartment sump filter, but as I said before. THere's very seldom a reason to remove the carbon entirely.
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Old 04-23-2010, 03:03 PM   #12 
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Something isn't quite right with mine then (50 watt Stealth Pro in a 5 gallon). I have it set to 84 and my thermometer is reading 79.

People said I shouldn't worry about it because the thermometer reading is ideal. I'm thinking maybe the temperature is a lot warmer around the heater (84) and cooler on the other side (79)?
Very possible. My turtle tank stays 80, but my heater is on the left, my thermometer is in the middle of the tank. All the way on the right side of the tank, the temperature is probably a bit cool. The water will be warmest closest to the heater, so your heater is probably working fine. 79 is perfect for a betta.
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Old 04-23-2010, 04:01 PM   #13 
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Something isn't quite right with mine then (50 watt Stealth Pro in a 5 gallon). I have it set to 84 and my thermometer is reading 79.

People said I shouldn't worry about it because the thermometer reading is ideal. I'm thinking maybe the temperature is a lot warmer around the heater (84) and cooler on the other side (79)?
84 is still an OK temperature.
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