Will carbon take chlorine out of tap?
I have a 3 stage RO filter. Floss-Carbon-RO-DI.... I have stopped using RO for WC's, but i was wondering if it would be worth it to bypass the ro stage and use floss and two carbon carts in to filter the tap that i use for WC's. Will this be beneficial at all? Will it pull chorine out? Will it pull GH or KH out? Any tips would be great.
I use http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...id=04234370000 and http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...cement+Filters in line, and go straight from tap to tank with no problems at all. They both contain carbon.
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Be aware that when using carbon to remove chlorine, it has some drawbacks. One, the dwell time of the water on the carbon will determine how efficient it is. If you push a lot of water through the filters very fast, you won't be removing very much chlorine. Also, unless the filter has some sort of indicator, it may be difficult to tell when the carbon has been used up and is in need of a change out.
Personally, I use an under-sink RO system to do my water refills, and I still use a de-chlor product. I don't think that much chlorine gets to my RO membrane, or the membrane would be ruined pretty quickly. But I still wouldn't want to take any chances on killing off my tank bacteria.
Just a thought.
When I ran the automatic changer, I used a DIY rig with "whole-house" carbon filters, test ports after each unit. The units last months, but per day use is small, and flow is under 5 GPH. As soon as the first unit shows break-through it is tossed, the no.2 unit moves to the no.1 housing and a new unit goes into no.2 - so the water is always processed before the tank.
Just as an added thought: Carbon does not remove chloramines. Catalytic Carbon will break Chloramines into chlorine and ammonia, then remove the chlorine while the ammonia remains free....
Try it for yourself.
I just use my under-sink RO system for my aquarium. Does does de-chloramines products work?
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