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Carbon in a freshwater aquarium

Discussion in 'Filtration / ULNS' started by Wayne23uk, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. Wayne23uk

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    Hi everyone I'm having problems keeping my freshwater tank clear due to my bog wood leaching even after soaking it, I'm think of putting carbon in my filtration to help it clear can anyone recommend a carbon for freshwater or something like chemi - pure elite

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    Wayne
     
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    I have also seen perigen not sure this will work tho what filtration do you you in your freshwater tanks?
     
  3. Clearwater

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    Any GAC will work
     
  4. Wayne23uk

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    What's GAC?
     
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    Granular activated carbon.
     
  6. Wayne23uk

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    Ok thanks would you keep this in permanently just refreshing every 4 weeks like in a reef?
     
  7. Clearwater

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    Every 4 weeks will be ok
     
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    As others have said, any Granual Activated Carbon will work fine. I favoured New Era carbon for it's low dust, but it did/does cost considerably more than most other makes, whom are otherwise much in mushness. At first, you'll want to replace it every 4-7 days until the brown clears. After that, replace as it comes back. :smile:

    Tannin (that brown stuff) is cosmetically not ideal for many and potentially an issue in very soft water areas, but there are some fish out there that like some in their water. It does lower pH and pull down Alkalinity, which is good news for most Amazonian or shallow pool drelling fish in harder water areas. :wink:
     
  9. Martyh

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    Best way to clear tannins is puragin however if you use a tap safe with alovera it will clog the puragin I come from the topical side before changing to marine recently and I use to have gin clear water and I had loads of bog wood :)
     
  10. Wayne23uk

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    Well I have a product recommend to me from cockfields farm called clear fx pro which is basically perigen, carbon and phosphate remover all in one, cost £16 but can last upto 6 mouths in freshwater and upto 4 mouths in saltwater after leaving the tank overnight with it in it is now crystal clear water will just have to keep on testing and see how long it lasts now
     
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