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Old 04-08-2012, 12:49 PM   #1 
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You don't need to change a carbon filter?

My filter has the 2 parts. The Carbon filter and the bio filter. So if its best for a cycle to not change out either part is there a better thing I can put in where the carbon filter is or just keep the carbon one in there and hope it doesn't disintigrate. They don't look all that sturdy. I have the Aqua-tech power filter for 5-15 gallon tanks and my tank is 5 gallons.
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:30 PM   #2 
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Here's an interesting article about the use of carbon.

I personally just got the AquaClear 20 for my tank when the old filter died. This filter has a alone for mechanical filtration, then a carbon bag for chemical filtration, and finally a bag of pellets for bio filtration. I didn't bother with the carbon I just added a second bag of the bio filter beads. I'll save the carbon for if I ever need chemical filtration.
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:08 PM   #3 
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That filter should perform just fine and the media replacements are cheap, i been using aqua-tech filters for a while now and i haven't had problems.
Just leave it there.
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:14 PM   #4 
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I've taken the carbon out of my tanks so I can replace it with more filter wool, ceramic rings and bio-balls.
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