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    Any harm in running carbon all the time

    Is there any harm in running carbon all the time instead of "as needed"?

    What are the negatives? other than cost. Is it a nitrate factory?

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    I don't think its harmful but expensive to use for a long period, and unecessary unless you want to remove toxins. From what I read, it becomes exhausted quickly and needs replacement once a week (not once a month as the manufacturers suggest). Also may remove the good stuff you want in your water. Also, once its exhausted, it does become a medium for nitrate.
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    its fine.. activated carbon got max use life of like 1-1.5 months... after it pretty much just becomes ceremic rings or other medium...

    interms of stripping essential elements.. u don't have much to worry about that...

    i'm assuming if u wealthy enough to change carbon every week, a bottle of elements isn't out of ur budget

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    I'm with "Swimfins" on this. I think that Carbon can be good, but has a sharp lifespan. Once saturated, it becomes a problem. If used to for short term acute toxicity it is great, but in the long run has a negative effect.
    Normal tank bios/eco should be able to break down anything that the carbon can absorb.

    I have used carbon when I paint or from the fumes from tiling (when I sense toxic enviroment) but remove carbon after a short period of time.
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    I run carbon on my tank 24/7 and change it out every 30 days. On the day I change it out I will see my Redox number slide up about 10 points.
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    I've been switching mine out every 1.5 - 2 months. Guess I'll make the adjustments.

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    You may not need to change your carbon out that often. bio load and water conditions will determine the frequency of changes. I change mine out when i see the flow rate through the filter that houses the carbon fall off noticeable. It works out to be once a month give or take a few days.
    Rob

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    Different strokes I guess. I suppose alot of factors like bio-load, tank size, etc. and the amount of carbon used.
    I was reading about using carbon not long ago on WET WEB MEDIA to remove the 'yellow' look from the water. They say no more than a week and its past efficency but I'm dealing with a small amount, not like Salty's huge tank.
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    I would run carbon all the time if i could afford it
    clearity and peace of mind i guess
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    I also run carbon 24/7 which I replace every three weeks.

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