Natural or do you dose carbon.

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I wouldn't use a skimmer or dose carbon.

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Do you run your tank naturally or do you dose carbons.
I consider protein skimmer natural. All it uses is air.

I get the feeling that you mean 'GAC' (Granular Activated Carbon), as opposed to 'carbon dosing'?

Haven't used either GAC or a Skimmer in over 30 years or so.

Used carbon dosing (vinegar) once to reduce 50+ppm NO3, but the side effects in my system were less than pleasant (won't be trying that again)...
 
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Ive done bio pellets, liquid carbon dosing, and natural. Current tank is natural and what I prefer. Getting into ULNS territory and maintaining adequate nutrients for corals not to bleach or die is a tight rope walk. I run Phosguard to limit phos and silicate and easier and simpler to manage With a protein skimmer. I’m experimenting with Dr. Tims Waste-Away but it’s not a carbon product but is good bacteria strains.
 
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I didn’t have a dead whale so I sank a 5 pound pot roast to the bottom of my tank.
The natural way to carbon dose
A big nitrogen dose too so kind of counter productive. I run sulfur reactor in one kind of similar to how it works. You have to ask yourself do you even need to dose anything first.
 
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Well , I do run a skimmer probly don't need it but bubbles bubbles bubbles. Algae turf scubber . And charcoal in a reactor . YES I HAVE ULN. I run below .01 ppm phosphate my test kit for nitrate api yellow every time. No bleaching of corals . My exenia has split 3 times in two months. Montiporas doing well.
As far as additives i run seachem products calcium and reef builder for alkalinity. And amino acids with trace. No water changes.
 

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Do you run your tank naturally or do you dose carbons.
I consider protein skimmer natural. All it uses is air.
An aquarium by definition is an artificial environment. It does not and cannot resemble a natural environment. What does it matter that a water purification method is ”natural”. Besides, ”natural” is personal preference not a rigorous definition.
 
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I find carbon dosing to be useful in relatively new systems (less than 1 year) when it can be a struggle to gain stability. Beyond that I go "au naturale".
 
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