Filter question

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  1. Lee

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    I known this is a a stupid question but would it be better for my fish and tank. if I where 2 run internal filter one came with the tank with sponge pad and the 2nd one I look at has a carbon cartridge.
     
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    You can run two filters, don't see why not.
    Most of use don't use carbon except to remove medication and such, it can remove useful minerals sometimes
     
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    So maybe I should look at another one with the pad I thought the one with carbon was the better ones for better filtration.
     
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    i used to run these type of filters that has the ceramic rings, no carbon as i used to add fertilizer for some plants which the carbon usually removes.


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    Keep in mind tgat carbon will be effecfived for 2 to 3 weeks and then it needs to be replaced to be effective. Carbon also clears your water and removes bad odors, which shouldnt really happen in anycase.
     
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    Im using this as a polisher, remived tge sponge and replaced with cotton wool and sacknof purigen. Works wonders
     
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    yeah i had 2, one to polish and i added more rings into the other, worked well
     
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    Okay thanks, I will look and see this friday when i to petword.
     
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    @Lee.... before any advice on what else to buy.. lets start with the first question..

    What tank/size tank have you got and a picture of the tank and filter it came with as well as what and how many fish you have in the tank, will give us a much better idea of what to recommend

    As has been said, charcoal is not a necessity and despite the fact that back in the day I think everyone used charcoal in their filters, subsequent studiesnow recommend against it unless you using it to remove meds or another specific reason
    It does clear the water and remove odors but if your filter is working properly and is adequate for your tank and stock you should not need to use the charcoal
    Rather use the space to use more media where good bacteria can grow
     
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    This forum is amazing with all the interesting things you learn. I also used to have charcoal in my filters including the canister filter.
     
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    3ft and the filter boyo spray on it sell for R110 and I don't think its for this size tank but it was free, the one I saw which was similar was R250 and is for tanks up 150l and no fish I had one free with a kit and it now at my cousin in there huge tank.
     
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    This is the free fish that according to them is a loach sucker

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    This is with flash on

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    And I'm still cycling the tank only then I will add fish.
     
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    Most likely a pleco species.
     
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    I would love to what species so I known where or not to leave it at my cousin they have a huge custom tank. I even went back and there clueless on what it is.
     
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    I got the same one as your what fertilizer do you want use for your plants there seem to so many brand.
     
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    Found out its a common pleco so my cousin keeping it as it will out grow my tank. And I got bristlenose instead
     
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    I don't use those anymore as o upgraded and built a sump but they dis work, I used to use the tetra fertiliser, can't remember the name though. I know have proper substrate so I don't have to used as much anymore but I'm also not heavily planted and all that clued up on fertilisers and plants.

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    Good choice, I love bristle noses and they don't get big

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