View Full Version : Activated Carbon Article

02/08/2008, 10:46 AM
I came across part one of a two part article in Advanced Aquarist's Online Magazine. They are going to deal with type of carbon, amount to use and water flow. I always get varying opinions when I ask about those three things when it comes to carbon. Hopefully get some "scientific" consensus on these.

Here is the article:



02/08/2008, 11:00 AM
The link to the article is here

Myself I can't wait to see the results. Most people seem to think its fine for a month, but I have also seen a few mention carbon is exhausted after ony a few days and after that its not really doing what you put the carbon in for. So this should be very interesting what part 2 of this article finds. The first part just talks about how what what they are going to test.

02/08/2008, 11:01 AM
That link opens up to a comment box....

Randy Holmes-Farley
02/08/2008, 02:28 PM
The first part just talks about how what what they are going to test.

A good way to get more payments for the same work. :D

I agree that some decent tests on carbon in typical reef aquaria would be good. :)

I'm concerned that while these sound like very good model experiments, unless one tests on real aquaria, there is little to validate the results.

One experiment that might be an especially valuable extension of their studies is to have reefers put GAC into their tanks for various periods of time, and then track the retained ability to bind their probes, rather than simply look at probe binding.

02/08/2008, 05:32 PM
DOH! thanks for correcting the link trueperc. :D

I have to find another article where they talked about .3g per gal of aquarium water, the flow rate should be around 4gph and the carbon should be changed out weekly. I am trying my own experiment and made a reactor that only holds about 3 ounces of carbon that way it will ensure the water passes through the carbon. I'll see how that goes and then make one a little bigger to hold more and increase the flow to around 50gph. I am goin to make one of these for use with Phosar.

Here is a picture of the mini reactor I made.