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Old 04-08-2013, 09:35 PM   #1 
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IAL And Carbon?

So... This is probably an obvious question... but I'm going to use IAL in my tanks once they get cycled (or as soon as I can get some, I know the shipping takes time), and I was just thinking... I use carbon filter cartridges (the filter on my 10 gal is a Marina Penguin 100; I've used them for years... I will likely put a canister on my 20 Long bc it's going to be fully planted) ... so will the carbon pull the tannins and beneficial extracts from the IAL out of the water?? It doesn't SEEM like it would, but I haven't used a lot of "products" in my tanks previously and I just want to make sure that I won't be pulling out all the good stuff!

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Old 04-08-2013, 09:43 PM   #2 
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Well if you're cycling your tanks you don't want to be using carbon filters.

Keep a carbon cartiridge on hand to suck out any harmful chemicals or illnesses once they arise (if they arise later). But generally, active carbon will not help a cycle establish.
(and carbon only stays active for 2-3 weeks)
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:49 PM   #3 
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I've always cycled my tanks with carbon, but I'll take it out... So will it suck the ial extracts out, do you think?
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Yes. Carbon cancels out IAL.
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