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hey everyone

just got some blackwater extract and i want to use it, but i know that the carbon in my filter cartridges will filter it out within a day. so i want to take the carbon out of my filter so that i just have the ammo-chips in there. My filter is an Emperor 280.

how will i keep my tank clean and fitered without the carbon? i want to keep the blackwater extract in there.

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no. there is also ammo-chips and a bio wheel
 

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is the huge sponge on the AC's just good for mechanical filteration or not?
 

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Its good for BIO and Mechanical. I always thought those emps had a sponge in em before the biowheel. hmm. But the thing about ACs is you can add whatever filter media you want, because its a giant box. I like putting a big sponge, and then some floss above that. Some people but ammonia rocks or charcoal.
 

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It's by no means necessary to use Carbon all the time - most people use it temporarily to remove tanins coming from a new piece of drift wood, or to remove medicine/chemicals after treatment. Once they reached their goal, they stop using it.

So there's no reason to be worried about stopping with using Carbon: just be sure you have enough biomedia for all the necessary bacteria, so the tank won't go through a (mini-) cycle.
 

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alright, thanks guys

i am going to remove the carbon today and replace it with a filter pad as mechanical filteration, that should be fine.
Filo i like the sounds of those AC's maybe i'll pick one up today

thanks

SHEP
 
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