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But why are you using AC on a planted tank in the first place?
I have a penguin filter running which has a carbon filter...

1) Is this Carbon filter the same as Activated Charcoal?
2) Should I have this filter running at all times on my planted aquarium?
 

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Thanks Kevin... I have had my carbon filter in always. Is any type of filtration needed on a planted tank? The replacement for my Penguin has the mechanical filter and the carbon packaged together I will have to break the replacement open to get rid of the carbon... is it worth doing this to keep my mechanical filter going?

Here is a link to the description of the replacement filter cartridges.

http://marineland.com/products/consumer/con_cartridges.html
 

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Thanks kevin... I got rid of the wheel the day I started doing research... I'll get rid of the carbon as well.
 

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Well I removed it to reduce surface agitation to a minimmum and have had no problems without it... is Bio filtration really needed on a well planted aquarium?
 
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