Carbon allowed in Reef aquarium
The use of activated carbon in most online reef forums is often a highly debated subject. There are several benefits and drawbacks of using carbon, but I believe the general trend is turning towards the positive aspects of activated carbon. We need to learn what exactly activated carbon is to think about the bad vs the good.Learn more by visiting Pacific Coast Carbon LLC
Activated carbon is carbon that was treated with oxygen to open up millions of tiny pores between the atoms of carbon. Carbon can be manufactured from products dependent on rocks, animals or plants, such as bituminous coal, lignite coal, various trees, coconut shells, peat and animal bones. These are granular, pellets and ground, three types of activated carbon. Granular is primarily used in reef tanks while other applications use pellets and powdered.
And it’s also important to learn why we use it in reef aquaria now that you learn what carbon is. Activated carbon provides certain benefits for saltwater aquariums, including organic elimination. Some people say they could use carbon instead of a skimmer and have a better organic removal rate, as well as saving on extra wattage by not running a skimmer. This also removes contaminants and polishes the surface. The use of chemical warfare in the tank is notorious for soft corals, activated carbon is a good way to remove some of these chemicals.
Some of the reasons for not using activated carbons is that they are all organic in source. In the second article you will see that carbon is all normal and so they are also rich in phosphates. A solution to this is that some industries can acid-wash their carbon and this stops the phosphate from leaching the oil. Many people would say the water from their tanks traces elements using activated carbon strips. While this is more than likely real, if you’re making weekly water adjustments, it shouldn’t be much of a problem.
I use carbon in my reef tank, personally I like the “safety net” that comes with me if one of my soft corals tries to nuke the tank one day. I recommend to some that they adjust their activated carbon once every two weeks, so you don’t give the carbon a chance to leak organic material back into the tank.