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Re: Phosphates and Carbon


Activated carbon does not remove phosphate from water.  

I believe that the whole idea behind the activated carbon replacement 
products, is that all activated carbon leaches some phosphate into 
the water.  Since this is a concern, especially with reef tanks, some 
advertisements for activated carbon list the phosphate content.  I 
guess the higher quality activated carbon only leaches a very small 

>Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 11:20:17 -0600 (CST)
>From: Chris Kirkpatrick <chrisk at casbah_acns.nwu.edu>
>Subject: Phosphates and Carbon

> Does regular activated carbon remove
>phosphates?  I'm considering using other media, but it looks very
>expensive to use regularly.

Darrell Roze

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