Can you mix carbon and phos remover?

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  1. Tobes

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    Just a quick one to all the chemical gurus.

    Can you mix Maxi-zorb carbon and Extrax Phos in the same container to run tank water through?

    Or will it cause some kind of chemical reaction when they touch?

    Or do they have to be in their own bag (stocking) seperate, but in the same container or seperate containers?
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    It is best to run them seperatly Tobes.
    Remember, Carbon is changed every two weeks, maximum a month. Where as Phosphate remover is usually run over longer periods of time, sometimes up to 6 months.
     
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    Tobes Thread Starter Retired Moderator

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    Thanks Mek, so I can run them each in their own bag but in the same container?
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    Yes Toby, own bags, same container.
     
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    Exactly what Mek said
     
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    I have a tub of Tunze Carbophos, which is literally carbon and phosphate remover all mixed up in the same bottle, so it can be done, although I'm not so sure I like the idea due to the different lifespans of the two different media.
     
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    Have to agree with this. But i have seen people put the phos in the bottom layer of the reactor and then putting carbon at the top so its easier to get to it and change it.

    But have to agree with everyone else. Seperate reactors. Made my first one this weekend for my zeolite :)
     
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    Yes Tobes - I do. It's only the fact that you have to change AC more often than phosphate remover, that would make me want to place these forms of chemical filtration, into separate reactors....
     
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