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mopas
1st Dec 2009, 04:33 AM
hi everyone ! anyone use bamboo charcoal tubes in their shrimp tanks? does it have a limited or unlimited cleansing properties? Do i have to clean it before i put it in the tank? ? any advice on using? i intend to use as shrimp shelter.. thanks all

MasterChief
4th Dec 2009, 02:25 AM
Hello,
yes i use them in my tanks. Hope the quality is ok, so there is no need to clean it. Perhaps you will wash it for a few seconds with warm water and then put it in the tank.




René

Phanizzzle
4th Dec 2009, 11:07 AM
I just ordered a few off ebay, I would also like to know if you have to clean them well before putting it in the tank.

mopas
4th Dec 2009, 08:42 PM
thanks masterchief. any ph changes?

MasterChief
4th Dec 2009, 09:13 PM
Hi,
i use bamboo charcoal (very good quality from Japan, but not very expensive regarding bigger quantity), no problems and no ph changes or other things.


bye

René

NeyaNey
27th Jan 2010, 11:59 PM
My concern with these are as follows.

One charcoal absorbs nutrients in planted aquariums - if you're aquascaping with shrimp.

Two, and more imporantly, charcoal lasts about 30 days of absorbing watever it can pickup. After which it begins releasing the stuff back into the aquariu
It will absorb your medications, additives for shrimp health, and impurities. At a later date the release may poison your shrimp. Unless your changing tubes every 30 days (and throwing out the old one)


I never use charcoal Long term in aquariums- except to remove medication after treatments are done(along with water changes)
after a period of less than 4-5 days I remove the charcoal and toss it in the trash.

MasterChief
28th Jan 2010, 03:55 AM
Dear Neya,
what about reactivating the charcoal? This is no problem, Chinese people use charcoal everywhere in the kitchen and just boil them again, no problem. It is not necessary to throw them away. Nevertheless i think the charcoal would not release the substances, how should this be possible ?

thank you

NeyaNey
28th Jan 2010, 06:19 AM
Dear Neya,
what about reactivating the charcoal? This is no problem, Chinese people use charcoal everywhere in the kitchen and just boil them again, no problem. It is not necessary to throw them away. Nevertheless i think the charcoal would not release the substances, how should this be possible ?


thank you
One study, found through google found some activated charcoals only work for 15min in an aquarium.
De-activated charcoal cannot be recharged by household methods. Maybe on an industrial level, with kilns, but it won't be %100

some cheap brands release phosphates in the water.

And some fish medications will cause old charcoal to release it's held toxins.

It's not something I'd waste my money on (except like I said for temporariyto remove medication or cloudy water) and defintely not something I'd leave In 24/7 365.

JOHNJOHN
29th Jan 2010, 04:44 AM
All type of Carbon leave some Phosphat to water .

If you want to Vanish the water , yes it is a good idea .

But if you are keeping specially , invertebrates and Corals , dont use them at all . I always faced problem on the long term .

If you boil or dry on the sun is not a solution to clean it . You have to oven it as how it prepared . ( Oven is not home Oven , it is a charcoal Oven )

Frank
29th Jan 2010, 07:07 PM
Carbon is a useful product. As always it depends on the quality.
High active carbon adsorbs much unwanted stuff from the water.
I need it to remove medicals in first case.
Latest after 4 to 6 weeks it is full and has no effect any more.
I never tried to reactivate it.

Remzy
16th Dec 2010, 09:47 AM
Hello, So overall, is bamboo charcoal tubes something that i could place in my shrimp tank all the time withought changing it? say, to use as a decor, or should i opt for something like ceramic/plastic/glass? thanks

Ezie
17th Dec 2010, 10:22 AM
Hello, So overall, is bamboo charcoal tubes something that i could place in my shrimp tank all the time withought changing it? say, to use as a decor, or should i opt for something like ceramic/plastic/glass? thanks


Hey, if u just wanna use it for decor I would suggest using plastic, ceramic, glass or something inert.:) if you are worried about looks, just cover and tie with moss if you like. :)