[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: NFC: light bulbs and tannins

probably treated with gasoline or something else, which, needless to say,
will wreak havok upon your tank.  Moreover, since they're coal and not
active charbon, they won't do anything.   Activated charon is filled with
billions and billions of microscopic pores which remove chemicals.
Regular coal, charbon, etc., don't have these pores to grapple anything.
Moreover, once the "holes" get "full" the charbon is useless and must be
reactivated.  The reactivation process takes heat well in excess of what
you'll find in the fire of your furnace -- or possibly the neighboorhood
volcano. :)   Therefore, just toss it and replace it.  
Charbon is actually a filtration myth in my opinion.  Its good for
clearing up water, but the pores get so quickly filled iwth other stuff in
clear water (especially vital trace elements) that its useless.  High
grade charbons, such as chemi-pure, may do something, but, again, they're
mostly just eating up some of the good stuff.  Only waste money on charbon
when you need to clear the water of medicines, impurities, or ions (such
as if you've been using a water softener pillow that replaces Ca/Mg with
I didn't have to start using supplemental iron or pottasium until SOMEONE
sprayed furniture polisher near the tank (Wow, honey, look at how clean I
made the tank trim!_) and I had to palce Chemi-Pure into the filter.  It
remoevd the Old English, but also all those elements. :)

Joshua L. Wiegert
NFC Lists Administrator                          JLW at pi_dune.net
www.geocities.com/RainForest/Jungle/1680/        owner-nfc at actwin_com
ICQ 69553561                                     AIM UID: Etheosoma
Feel free to contact me by any of the above means for any reason.
   tIqDaq HoSna' tu'lu'           nIteb Qob quD jup 'e' chaw'be' SuvwI'
NFC Lists include the main 'NFC' list, 'NFC-Digest,' 'NFCBreeders,'  the
Fish Wish List (FWL), AdoptATank, NFCPonds, and BPEzine.   To subscribe 
to any of these, e-mail Majordomo at actwin_com with the command subscribe
<listname>.  To unsubscribe, use the command unsubscribe <list>.  Help 
returns a list of other commands, or feel free to contact me at 
Owner-NFC at actwin_com.  All lists are @actwin.com. Come join us and chat 
about our native fishes, or visit http://www.nativefish.org!

On Fri, 19 Jan 2001 mdb6850 at tamug_tamu.edu wrote:

> Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 22:12:36 -0600
> From: mdb6850 at tamug_tamu.edu
> Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
> To: nfc at actwin_com
> Subject: Re: NFC: light bulbs and tannins
> I see a recommendation of using charcoal for clearing up water. 
> Can your ordinary backyard barbecue briquettes be used as filter 
> carbon? Should they be crumbled first and what are the opinions 
> on application in saltwater tanks?
> Matt