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Katarine
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Re: change of filter pads
« Reply #30 on: March 29, 2010, 03:19:10 PM »

hahahahahahahaha well then hahaha Smiley
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Re: change of filter pads
« Reply #31 on: March 29, 2010, 06:04:02 PM »

Hi everybody,

only got the info from Wikipedia on the net Wink... and chemistry, biology, anatomy , and all that related stuff were my favorites at school... Cheesy

yeaah I know, this cartridge was disgusting TongueCheesy and because I could not get it clean I put a new one in.
( like changing nappies for a baby, lol )

and I did soak it in old tankwater only for a few minutes, maybe 2 the most.
I believe to soak it longer than that will use up too much of the activated carbon.
I also noticed that after vacuuming the gravel, the water left in the tank is pretty stirred up and cloudy. After filling it up with fresh water and starting the filter again, it was crystal clear in about 40 min to one hour
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Re: change of filter pads
« Reply #32 on: March 29, 2010, 07:52:20 PM »

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Activated carbon, also called activated charcoal or "Activated coal" is a form of carbon that has been processed to make it extremely porous and thus to have a very large surface area available for adsorption or chemical reactions.[1]

The word activated in the name is sometimes replaced with active. Due to its high degree of microporosity, just one gram of activated carbon has a surface area in excess of 500 m2, as determined typically by nitrogen gas adsorption. Sufficient activation for useful applications may come solely from the high surface area, though further chemical treatment often enhances the absorbing properties of the material. Activated carbon is usually derived from charcoal.


Activated carbon (AC) filtration is most effective in removing organic contaminants from water. Organic substances are composed of two basic elements, carbon and hydrogen. Because organic chemicals are often responsible for taste, odor, and color problems, AC filtration can generally be used to improve aesthetically objectional water. AC filtration will also remove chlorine. AC filtration is recognized by the Water Quality Association as an acceptable method to maintain certain drinking water contaminants within the limits of the EPA National Drinking Water Standards, I also attach a couple of photos of activated carbon.
GET SOME!!  Cheesy
that's some information for ya!  Grin
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Re: change of filter pads
« Reply #33 on: March 29, 2010, 07:53:50 PM »

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That was great info Hanna! Cheesy
And Salty,  I was just about to write that I mostly prefer carbon cartridges because that is what came with my filters and for it being so easy peasy, and quick I guess I would prefer to just pop the cartridge out and replace it with a new one than to go with all that trouble of taking out the carbon, boiling it ?!? and putting it in a new floss pack.  Sheesh that seems more trouble than it's worth but if you're up for it.. Wink  Another thing is I would think that the carbon can only hold so many toxins before it would become ineffective.
Naw.....I'm not up for it! It's enough with the water changes and algae scrubbin'..... Grin
HOWEVER, I did pick up some "Rite-Size Bonded Filter Pad" media from the Petco to stick in my filters while medicating with the Parasite Clear, and the bag suggests the use as a pre-filter, to prolong the replacement of the carbon-containing filter cartridge. This I think I will do. The media is a lot cheaper that the replacement cartridges and I'm pretty sure you could go 2 months if you just changed the pre-filter media piece monthly.
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Re: change of filter pads
« Reply #34 on: March 29, 2010, 08:17:07 PM »

I may try a "pre-filter" maybe another wool layer on the cartridge?
 But they are not expensive, only AU$ 6 for a doubble pack Wink
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Re: change of filter pads
« Reply #35 on: March 29, 2010, 10:49:11 PM »

Whoa! You guyz get robbed!!  I pay about $11 for a six pack here! (OF FILTERS!!! NOT BEER!) Grin
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Re: change of filter pads
« Reply #36 on: March 29, 2010, 10:50:55 PM »

I was gonna say... hahaha $11 six pack? can I come party with you? LOL just kidding! Tongue
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« Reply #37 on: March 29, 2010, 11:07:33 PM »

 Cheesy, lol, no worries,  Grin
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Re: change of filter pads
« Reply #38 on: March 29, 2010, 11:09:21 PM »

Sure!!! Come party, and bring me that nice calico goldfish you discovered ! Cheesy
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Re: change of filter pads
« Reply #39 on: March 29, 2010, 11:15:51 PM »

BWAHAHAHA oh I wish.. If we lived closer I would get him for you.
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