The Role of Activated Carbon in the Reef Aquarium

Discussion in 'RSS Feeds' started by MASA Admin, 13 Feb 2014.

  1. MASA Admin

    MASA Admin Moderator

    Joined:
    8 May 2007
    Posts:
    10,110
    Likes Received:
    100
    Of the three types of filtration used in the reef aquarium hobby today, biological, mechanical, and chemical, it is chemical filtration that is possibly the least understood. This post is all about activated carbon, the most popular type of chemical filtration used in aquariums. What is activated carbon? Activated carbon is a chemical filtration media ... [Read More]

    More...
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. MistaOrange

    MistaOrange

    Joined:
    20 Jan 2010
    Posts:
    7,756
    Likes Received:
    94
    Location:
    Somewhere in Cape Town
    Great article...
     
  4. irie ivan

    irie ivan MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    6 May 2007
    Posts:
    3,149
    Likes Received:
    171
    Location:
    Bracken
    You get Activated Carbon and you get activated carbon..... Pity they don't go into more depth on how to identify quality..... Iodine number, surface area per ml, ash, etc.
     
    Last edited: 13 Feb 2014
  5. Christo

    Christo

    Joined:
    4 Jun 2008
    Posts:
    1,130
    Likes Received:
    87
    Location:
    Vaalpark, Vaaltriangle
    I Always ran AC in my Tanks! Even in my latest tank that was started in November! But stopped last Month!

    I Currently have 4 Tangs in my Tank, One of my Yellow started with HLLE, So I did some research I Read that AC MIGHT be the Cause as theres not an exact known cause for HLLE!

    I Decided to stop using AC and As Soon as I Removed my AC RX
    The HLLE stopped Spreading!

    Today My Yellow Tang is Nice and Healthy, The Lateral Line Recovered Completely, only left with a little erosion around the Eyes!!

    Well.... Thats my experience with AC! It Just Might be a coincidence. I Don't Know! Tank Parameters were stable thru out!
     
  6. MistaOrange

    MistaOrange

    Joined:
    20 Jan 2010
    Posts:
    7,756
    Likes Received:
    94
    Location:
    Somewhere in Cape Town
    You saying carbon causes HLLE? @butcherman @carlosdeandrade you agree with this?
     
    Last edited by a moderator: 26 Nov 2015
  7. MistaOrange

    MistaOrange

    Joined:
    20 Jan 2010
    Posts:
    7,756
    Likes Received:
    94
    Location:
    Somewhere in Cape Town
    Ok so I'm told if the carbon hasn't been washed properly & tumbling carbon could cause HLLE. I have carbon in a stocking in the last chamber so doubt the carbon will be tumbling in there. If I spot something on my YT I'll remove it...
     
  8. MistaOrange

    MistaOrange

    Joined:
    20 Jan 2010
    Posts:
    7,756
    Likes Received:
    94
    Location:
    Somewhere in Cape Town
  9. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,769
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
  10. MistaOrange

    MistaOrange

    Joined:
    20 Jan 2010
    Posts:
    7,756
    Likes Received:
    94
    Location:
    Somewhere in Cape Town
    Thanks Dallas
     
  11. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,769
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
    but you right, its only when fluidised
     
  12. Christo

    Christo

    Joined:
    4 Jun 2008
    Posts:
    1,130
    Likes Received:
    87
    Location:
    Vaalpark, Vaaltriangle
    That is what I observed in my System. Like I sead It Might be an coincidence! But Again I Ran it in a RX (Fluidised and Tumbling Slightly)
     
  13. Christo

    Christo

    Joined:
    4 Jun 2008
    Posts:
    1,130
    Likes Received:
    87
    Location:
    Vaalpark, Vaaltriangle
    @MistaOrange You mind posting a PIC of how you Running your AC And for how long?
     
    Last edited by a moderator: 26 Nov 2015
  14. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,769
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
    Mine runs in a bag lying in the sump, 24/7 changed every 30 days
     
  15. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 Sep 2009
    Posts:
    11,626
    Likes Received:
    280
    Location:
    Kempton Park
    Yes I Agree, ran a carbon reactor and my Yellow tang got HLLE, removed the carbon and yellow tang got better slowly
     
  16. MistaOrange

    MistaOrange

    Joined:
    20 Jan 2010
    Posts:
    7,756
    Likes Received:
    94
    Location:
    Somewhere in Cape Town
    I have it in a stocking in the last chamber of the sump so no movement.
     
  17. Carter-PE

    Carter-PE

    Joined:
    16 Jul 2011
    Posts:
    272
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Port Elizabeth
    Hi all

    I started using Orca Diamond Carbon in a reactor about 6 weeks ago. Due for a change now but waiting for LFS to get stock so I can change it - apparently this coming week. I noticed today that my yellow tang is a little lethargic, not eating flakes, and has "something" wrong around its head area. Its still eating nori, when it can get some between the other tangs and fox face fighting for it. Even the sail fin that is half the size of the yellow gets more nori.
    @Christo @butcherman, how long after stopping the carbon in the reactor did the yellow take to recover? Are you still using carbon in a filter bag / stocking / sock then?
     
    Last edited by a moderator: 26 Nov 2015
  18. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 Sep 2009
    Posts:
    11,626
    Likes Received:
    280
    Location:
    Kempton Park
    was about a week for the wounds to recover. How about a picture of your yellow tang?
     
  19. Carter-PE

    Carter-PE

    Joined:
    16 Jul 2011
    Posts:
    272
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Port Elizabeth
    Thanks

    Will try get a decent pic tomorrow morning when lights are on.
     
  20. makharold

    makharold

    Joined:
    6 Dec 2013
    Posts:
    354
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Durban
    Stupid question does this only effect tangs or are they just more sensitive how were the rest of the fish ,just asking I'm using carbon in a reactor or fluidiser but there's no tumbling it's packet tight with a piece of sponge and it's mixed with white stones to remove phos I forget what it's called I bought it mixed
     
  21. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 Sep 2009
    Posts:
    11,626
    Likes Received:
    280
    Location:
    Kempton Park
    Tangs are more susceptible to it. Please note its when the carbon is being agitated to much thatvthis occurs. The carbon pellets should not be fluidised. They should rather be static. Thats why a bag works well with them. Not to say you cant use them in a reactor.
     
Recent Posts