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Running carbon 1 year 9 months ago #36042

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So I was wondering what the pros and cons are to running carbon. How often does everyone use it ?how much do you use ?in how big of a system?how often do you change it also?mixed reef or sps reef?
75 gallon mixed reef / 30 gal frag
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Running carbon 1 year 9 months ago #36044

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Mixed reef, as much as it takes to fill my reactor, changed at a month mark, 60G tank, and main goal for me was I was dosing Flatworm Exit and needed to be sure I didn't kill everything else.
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Running carbon 1 year 9 months ago #36047

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I use the BRS carbon and use about double what they suggest on the container. Change it out every 6 weeks
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Running carbon 1 year 9 months ago #36048

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Pros: extra water clarity and chemical filtration.

Cons: potential HLLE in fish, if not rinsed properly.

I like to run it all the time, and use BRS Rox 2.0, strictly following manufacturers recommendations for dosing.
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Running carbon 1 year 9 months ago #36054

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I've heard ppl say it strip trace elements out of the water,but that's all I have heard bout that not what elements or anything except it removes trace elements .I usually run a whole reactor full myself .
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Running carbon 1 year 9 months ago #36063

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Have never run any kind of carbon on my systems.
My name is Dean
410 gallon display tank
110 gallon sump
40 gallon fuge
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Running carbon 1 year 9 months ago #36065

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And everything in your tank is thriving landshark?
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Running carbon 1 year 9 months ago #36066

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Yes it is. Coral growth has never been an issue. Had a controller malfunction last night though and the tank got up to 88 before I caught it. Luckily, nothing seems to be suffering. Some things just a little off color today, but good polyp extension.
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410 gallon display tank
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40 gallon fuge
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Running carbon 1 year 9 months ago #36070

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Glad to hear nothing died. And hope everthing is doing fine for ya.was the heater bad ?and just stuck on ?
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Running carbon 1 year 9 months ago #36078

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All is good. Something just went out of whack with my RKL controller and it just decided not to keep the proper temp. Still not sure what happened, but I had been meaning to download the latest software updates to this for some time and just did not feel like doing it. This forced me to do this. Updating the software seems to have fixed the issue. I really do not have much use for controllers to be honest with you and wish I did not have to use them at all. Don't feel like they are that reliable and just a tank crash waiting to happen when they go south. The only things I control with one are the 1500 watts of heat and multiple fans when heating and cooling are needed. I did order a much simpler one that a friend of mine who is a wine maker in CA uses for his winery and various aquariums. He says these work great for him and only cost less that $40 each. One is a dual stage with dual heat and cool control temp settings and handle 1650 watts each. He says they are accurate to .5 degrees in his testing of them. I will put that one on the shelf and when this other so called fancy controller breaks, I will feel good about replacing it with one that I can have for a third of the price of my RKL.
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410 gallon display tank
110 gallon sump
40 gallon fuge
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