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Filter Media: Activated Carbon

Chemical filtration is most commonly accomplished by means of activated carbon. The carbon's micro-porous structure absorbs dissolved organics, chloramines, fish odors, toxic metals, toxic gases and growth inhibiting enzymes. We carry carbon from several companies.

Tips for using activated carbon:
  • Be sure to use granular activated carbon (GAC) sold specifically for aquarium use. The activation process substantially increases the porosity of the carbon, and as a result greatly increases the total active surface area, allowing it to be much more effective at absorbing compounds that need to be removed from the tank's water.
  • Your activated carbon will work much better if water is actually forced to go through the amount used, rather than just flowed by, and over it. More contact between the activated carbon and the water obviously results in a more efficient cleansing process.
  • Activated carbon has a maximum adsorption capacity, which is the reason that it should be replaced every 30 to 60 days on average.
  • In reef tanks, put the carbon behind the live rock or in the sump.
  • Pelletized carbon should be used in high flow areas where GAC can be ground into powder or compacted. Pelletized carbon will not compact or dissolve.
Media Bags
Boyds Chemi-Pure and Chemi-Pure Elite come pre-bagged inside the jar. Blue Life Clear FX Pro comes with a media bag. Other products need to be bagged using one of the Emperor or South Ocean Five media bags. All bags have ties sewn into the top for easy closure. You'll save money by bagging your own carbon.


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AquaTop Pelletized Carbon 10 lb AquaTop Pelletized Carbon, 10 lb

Product Code: RAT01524
AquaTop's Pelletized Carbon, 10 lb, is a superior method of chemical filtration for removing unsightly discoloration, odors, and impurities from your aquarium water. Includes flow through mesh bag.

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AquaTop Pelletized Carbon 5 lb AquaTop Pelletized Carbon, 5 lb

Product Code: RAT01523
AquaTop's Pelletized Carbon, 5 lb, is a superior method of chemical filtration for removing unsightly discoloration, odors, and impurities from your aquarium water. Includes flow through mesh bag.

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AquaTop Premium Activated Carbon, 300 grams AquaTop Premium Activated Carbon, 300 grams

Product Code: RAT01401
AquaTop Premium Activated Carbon, 300 grams, with a flow through mesh bag.

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AquaTop Premium Activated Carbon, 500 grams AquaTop Premium Activated Carbon, 500 grams

Product Code: RAT01804
AquaTop Premium Activated Carbon, 500 grams. Includes flow through mesh bag.

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Blue Life Clear FX Pro 1800 ml Blue Life Clear FX Pro, 1800 ml

Product Code: RBL00364
Blue Life Clear Fx Pro is the most advanced all-in-one filtration media available on the market. 1800 ml.

Our Price: $71.99
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Blue Life Clear FX Pro 225 ml Blue Life Clear FX Pro, 225 ml

Product Code: RBL00362
Blue Life Clear Fx Pro is the most advanced all-in-one filtration media available on the market. 225 ml.

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Blue Life Clear FX Pro 225 ml Blue Life Clear FX Pro, 450 ml

Product Code: RBL00363
Blue Life Clear Fx Pro is the most advanced all-in-one filtration media available on the market. 450 ml.

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Blue Life Phosphate Rx 1 oz Blue Life Phosphate Rx, 1 oz

Product Code: RBL00135
Blue Life Phosphate Rx is an amazingly simple and effective product that has revolutionized the way phosphates are removed from saltwater and freshwater aquariums.

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Boyd Enterprises Chemi-Pure Blue Nano Five-Pack, 110 grams total Boyd Enterprises Chemi-Pure Blue Nano Five-Pack, 110 grams total

Product Code: RBE16754
The Boyd Enterprises Chemi-Pure Blue Nano is specially created for fantastic results in reef and marine nano aquariums. Includes five pre-packaged 22 gram Chemi-Pure Blue Nano bags.

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Boyd Enterprises Chemi-Pure Blue 11 oz Boyd Enterprises Chemi-Pure Blue, 11 oz

Product Code: RBE16752
Boyd Enterprises Chemi-Pure Blue, 11 oz, is specially created for fantastic results in reef and marine aquariums. Pre-packaged in a nylon filter bag.

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Boyd Enterprises Chemi-Pure Blue 5.5 oz Boyd Enterprises Chemi-Pure Blue, 5.5 oz

Product Code: RBE16753
Boyd Enterprises Chemi-Pure Blue, 5.5 oz, is specially created for fantastic results in reef and marine aquariums. Pre-packaged in a nylon filter bag.

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Boyd Enterprises Chemi-Pure Bulk Six 10 oz bags Boyd Enterprises Chemi-Pure Bulk, Six 10 oz Bags

Product Code: RBE16750
Boyd Enterprises Chemi-Pure Bulk Six 10 oz bags is a carbon and ion filter medium pre-packaged in a nylon filter bag. Note: This product comes with all six 10 oz bags of Chemi-Pure in one bag. After opening you will need to have an airtight container for storing your Chemi-Pure.

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