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Old 06-21-2013, 05:49 AM   #1 
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Filter With or w/o Carbon Input

I have a 3gal tetra cube and it seems a lot of people upgrade to the
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I would love to get my tank the best so I want to go for it. I noticed that the sponge filters are carbon lace and I've seen that many seem to not be a fan of carbon and moreso seen some articles discouraging it for a planted tank. Why?

I want to get some live plants in there soon so shall I not get this filter or is there a different generic sponge I can put into this or cut to size that is non carbon?
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:44 AM   #2 
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you do not need to use carbon - you can get an aquaclear sponge. they are very easy to cut and last forever.


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Old 06-21-2013, 09:40 AM   #3 
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I have never used carbon, unless trying to remove something such as medication from the water, there really is no point to it.

Dont want to use it in a planted tank as the carbon will absorb nutrients.
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Carbon removes things from water such as meds, smell, fertilizers, etc. plus it deactivates after 4-6 wks & has to be replaced. If you are using liquid ferts for your plants the carbon will likely remove it from the water & you will be wasting ferts. Most aquarist say its not needed but some still like to use it, its a personal choice.
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Carbon ceases being effective well before 4-6 weeks - especially with what the OP has.
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