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I’m running activated carbon for the sole purpose of reducing toxins from corals.

I learned that activated carbon can cause HLLE in fish, and I want to prevent it. Plus the changing maintenance in my reactor is getting annoying and messy.

What alternatives do we have for activated carbon? Will carbon dosing cover the same?

how about those biopellets?
 
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My understanding is that the issue may (emphasis on may) be linked to crappy carbon. A premium brand such as Red Sea, Nyos, BRS (etc.) is recommended.

I’ve been using carbon like Chemi-Pure Blue and Red Sea reef-spec for over a year without any issues with my tangs.
 

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Bio pellets and carbon dosing does not remove toxins. It’s more for adding a food source towards bacteria and filter feeders. As far as I’ve learned, there is nothing like activated carbon for our reef tanks. Activated carbon is excellent at; removing chemicals, polishing discoloration in the water and absorbing some toxins.
 

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None of the organic carbon dosing methods, have any of the toxin binding impact of granular activated carbon.

Other approaches to bind organics include purigen, GFO, and some other polymer resins.
 
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