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Hello From Palo Alto Ca

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Jack McCarron, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. Jack McCarron

    Jack McCarron New Member

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    Hey guys,

    I saw some crazy tanks in person and online and became filled with determination. I love moss more than anything in the world:


    I went with a very small tank and am a bit worried! I'm here to learn what I need to make it succeed.

    Tank:
    ADA 45f (45x24x16cm)
    ADA aquasky G 451 (too much light???)
    Shiruba XB-303 filter (very small)
    Hydor external in-line heater
    GLA GRO-1 CO2 regulator
    Lily pipe "spin" outflow

    Hardscape/Substrate:
    A random hunk of wood that fit nicely
    Little bit of ADA power sand
    ADA amazonia base layer
    ADA amazonia powder type top layer
    ADA colorado sand
    In the filter:
    A sponge that came with the filter
    Some bio media that came with the filter
    A packet of activated carbon

    Flora:
    Riccardia Chamedryfolia (not doing so hot)
    Monte Carlo
    HC Cuba (growing up instead of sideways :/ )
    Phoenix Moss
    Java Moss
    Weeping Moss
    Java Fern (needle leaf)

    Fauna:
    Nothing yet, but just wanna get some shrimps

    I am excited to learn... everything.
     
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    Hello Jack and welcome! :)
    I’m almost new here also.
    Your project is lovely!
    Just one question:
    Why are you using carbon in the filter?

    Cheers
     
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    Jack McCarron New Member

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    Thanks! I put carbon in the filter because I read that it could help with the tannins from the wood. What other effects does it have?
     
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    Hi!
    As far as I know (I'm not an experienced aquarist yet ;) ) The carbon will get the tannins, yes, but will take a lot of nutrients from the water too. After some time, it will give back everything to the water again. That's what I have read.
    If you don't use the carbon, the tannins will go out of your tank after some weeks, with the water changes.
    But hey! As I said, I'm not the best one to give advise here! :D
     
  5. Jack McCarron

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    Good to know! Do you know what nutrients exactly? I did a quick google search for EI dosing + activated carbon and it seems like the consensus is that the carbon will not bind to the ferts. Could it affect plant growth otherwise?
     
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    Well, i’ve been reading some debates about it. This is for me the best explanation:
    https://barrreport.com/threads/myth-or-truth-activated-carbon-in-filter-play-any-role-on-plant-growth.12059/
    Apparently it wont remove nutrients
     
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