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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

AquaTop's Pelletized Carbon, 10 lb, is a superior method of chemical filtration for removing unsightly discoloration, odors, and impurities from your aquarium water. Pelletized carbon allows optimum water flow in and around the carbon, and resists the trapping of fine particles. This premium activated carbon includes flow through mesh bag.

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AquaTop Pelletized Carbon 5 lb AquaTop Pelletized Carbon, 5 lb

AquaTop's Pelletized Carbon, 5 lb, is a superior method of chemical filtration for removing unsightly discoloration, odors, and impurities from your aquarium water. Pelletized carbon allows optimum water flow in and around the carbon, and resists the trapping of fine particles. This premium activated carbon includes flow through mesh bag.

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

AquaTop Premium Activated Carbon, 300 grams. is a superior method of chemical filtration for removing unsightly discoloration, odors, and impurities from your aquarium water. Helping to provide you with crystal clear water. Includes flow through mesh bag.

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

AquaTop Premium Activated Carbon, 500 grams. is a superior method of chemical filtration for removing unsightly discoloration, odors, and impurities from your aquarium water. Helping to provide you with crystal clear water. Includes flow through mesh bag.

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

Blue Life Clear Fx Pro is the most advanced all-in-one filtration media available on the market. Our cutting edge technology is compatible with both fresh and saltwater aquariums of all sizes. The easy to use media is the most comprehensive and reliable solution for aquarists of all skill levels.

The proprietary blend combines a super carbon, hybrid phosphate resin and organic scavenger resin. Clear Fx Pro works rapidly to remove organic pollutants while leaving behind essential trace elements effectively keeping aquariums clean, clear and healthy for months.

To use the product simply place the mesh filter bag within a high flow area of your filtration system. The media is compatible within both canister filters and standard sumps.

  • Removes organics & phosphates
  • Mesh filter bag included
  • Treats up to 250 gallons of saltwater & 500 gallons of freshwater
  • Product lifespan:
    • 4 months saltwater
    • 6 months freshwater
    • Tanks with heavy bio-load should consider changing media more frequently
  • Reef safe

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

Blue Life Clear Fx Pro is the most advanced all-in-one filtration media available on the market. Our cutting edge technology is compatible with both fresh and saltwater aquariums of all sizes. The easy to use media is the most comprehensive and reliable solution for aquarists of all skill levels.

The proprietary blend combines a super carbon, hybrid phosphate resin and organic scavenger resin. Clear Fx Pro works rapidly to remove organic pollutants while leaving behind essential trace elements effectively keeping aquariums clean, clear and healthy for months.

To use the product simply place the mesh filter bag within a high flow area of your filtration system. The media is compatible within both canister filters and standard sumps.

  • Removes organics & phosphates
  • Product weight: .469 lb
  • Mesh filter bag included
  • Treats up to 30 gallons of saltwater & 60 gallons of freshwater
  • Product lifespan:
    • 4 months saltwater
    • 6 months freshwater
    • Tanks with heavy bio-load should consider changing media more frequently
  • Reef safe

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

Blue Life Clear Fx Pro is the most advanced all-in-one filtration media available on the market. Our cutting edge technology is compatible with both fresh and saltwater aquariums of all sizes. The easy to use media is the most comprehensive and reliable solution for aquarists of all skill levels.

The proprietary blend combines a super carbon, hybrid phosphate resin and organic scavenger resin. Clear Fx Pro works rapidly to remove organic pollutants while leaving behind essential trace elements effectively keeping aquariums clean, clear and healthy for months.

To use the product simply place the mesh filter bag within a high flow area of your filtration system. The media is compatible within both canister filters and standard sumps.

  • Removes organics & phosphates
  • Product weight: .719 lb
  • Mesh filter bag included
  • Treats up to 60 gallons of saltwater & 120 gallons of freshwater
  • Product lifespan:
    • 4 months saltwater
    • 6 months freshwater
    • Tanks with heavy bio-load should consider changing media more frequently
  • Reef safe

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

Blue Life Phosphate Rx is an amazingly simple and effective product that has revolutionized the way phosphates are removed from saltwater and freshwater aquariums. When added, the formula rapidly binds to phosphate molecules making them inactive and easily filtered out.

Regular use of Phosphate Rx increases vitality, color and growth of your aquarium’s inhabitants. Phosphate Rx is Veterinarian approved and has been used by leading Public Aquariums, Livestock Wholesalers, Retailers and Hobbyists.

  • Reef Safe
  • Liquid solution
  • Quick & Effective
  • Veterinarian Approved
  • Works in Fresh and Saltwater

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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

The Boyd Enterprises Chemi-Pure Blue Nano is specially created for fantastic results in reef and marine nano aquariums. This new proprietary blend of premium, low-dust pelleted carbon and high capacity ion-exchange resins are skillfully combined to create a superior all-in-one filter media in a nylon bag. Chemi-Pure Blue significantly reduces organic compounds and phosphates while raising redox and helping stabilize pH for a healthy, crystal clear aquarium. 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

Boyd Enterprises Chemi-Pure Blue, 11 oz, is specially created for fantastic results in reef and marine aquariums. This new proprietary blend of premium, low-dust pelleted carbon and high capacity ion-exchange resins are skillfully combined to create a superior all-in-one filter media in a nylon bag. Chemi-Pure Blue significantly reduces organic compounds and phosphates while raising redox and helping stabilize pH for a healthy, crystal clear aquarium. 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

Boyd Enterprises Chemi-Pure Blue, 5.5 oz, is specially created for fantastic results in reef and marine aquariums. This new proprietary blend of premium, low-dust pelleted carbon and high capacity ion-exchange resins are skillfully combined to create a superior all-in-one filter media in a nylon bag. Chemi-Pure Blue significantly reduces organic compounds and phosphates while raising redox and helping stabilize pH for a healthy, crystal clear aquarium. 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

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.

Boyd Enterprises Chemi-Pure Bulk Six 10 oz bags is a carbon and ion filter medium pre-packaged in a nylon filter bag. Chemi-Pure removes copper, metal ions, odors, medications, and all pollution.

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