should I be running carbon on a new tank?


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I just set my tank up, 90g with 30g sump, 100-120lbs of live rock, refugium (nothing in it yet). asm g1-x skimmer. I also have a Aquaclear 110 backfilter, that does 500gph, should I be using the activated carbon in this filter right now? I have nothing in my tank but the rock, some hitchhiker snails etc. Should I run the backfilter with carbon in it at all times?



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you can run the carbon, it will help keep the smell of the curing rock down. i would run the carbon during the cycle, then its up to you if you want to continue using it, just remmeber to change it regulary


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ditto on what scrmbld33 said. Most people change it out every 1-2 weeks. I think it also helps get rid of some of the organics in the tank as well. Makes the water look not so yellow.