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Carbon

What does it do exactly?

Activated Carbon (AC) is a charcoal substance which is used in the aquarium to removes odors, removes color, and makes aquarium water as clear as ice.  Carbon helps remove some smelly organic gases like hydrogen sulphide from the water, absorbs chlorine from water, or if your tap water contains chloramine, it removes the chlorine and leaves ammonia behind. Also small amounts of chelated copper, mercury and iron may be removed and this may be of limited use.

Carbon itself is one of the keys in the battle against unruly dissolved organic compounds and the algae fertilizing nutrients. Carbon, specifically activated carbon, has a chemical love for organics, acting like a molecular magnet pulling contaminants into its chemical embrace. Together with an effective protien skimmer, activated carbon plays a key role in keeping your aquarium healthy and looking good.

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  • REEF SPEC Carbon (100 gm) - Red Sea

    REEF SPEC Carbon (100 gm) - Red Sea

    Red Sea

    $8.99
    REEF-SPEC Carbon Highly activated carbon for marine & reef aquariums Red Sea REEF-SPEC™ Carbon is the ultimate choice for marine & reef aquariums due to its unique technical characteristics. Red Sea REEF-SPEC™Carbon’s granule...
  • REEF SPEC Carbon (500ml) - Red Sea

    REEF SPEC Carbon (500ml) - Red Sea

    Red Sea

    $14.99
    REEF-SPEC Carbon Highly activated carbon for marine & reef aquariums Red Sea REEF-SPEC™ Carbon is the ultimate choice for marine & reef aquariums due to its unique technical characteristics. Red Sea REEF-SPEC™Carbon’s granule...
  • REEF SPEC Carbon (2000ml) - Red Sea

    REEF SPEC Carbon (2000ml) - Red Sea

    Red Sea

    $38.99
    REEF-SPEC Carbon Highly activated carbon for marine & reef aquariums Red Sea REEF-SPEC™ Carbon is the ultimate choice for marine & reef aquariums due to its unique technical characteristics. Red Sea REEF-SPEC™Carbon’s granule...
  • REEF SPEC Carbon (1000ml) - Red Sea

    REEF SPEC Carbon (1000ml) - Red Sea

    Red Sea

    $23.99
    REEF-SPEC Carbon Highly activated carbon for marine & reef aquariums Red Sea REEF-SPEC™ Carbon is the ultimate choice for marine & reef aquariums due to its unique technical characteristics. Red Sea REEF-SPEC™Carbon’s granule...
  • EVO | SPEC | FLEX Activated Carbon (3 Pack)  - Fluval

    EVO | SPEC | FLEX Activated Carbon (3 Pack) - Fluval

    Fluval

    $4.99
    Specifically designed for Fluval Spec / Flex / EVO Desktop Aquariums, this premium, activated carbon provides critical stage-2 chemical filtration. The research grade carbon has large amounts of surface area for the adsorption of impurities. It...
  • MAXOUT PRO Saltwater Filter Media + Phosphate Remover (16 oz) - Fritz

    MAXOUT PRO Saltwater Filter Media + Phosphate Remover (16 oz) - Fritz

    Fritz Aquatics

    $19.99
    There are many benefits of using MAXOUT PRO.  MAXOUT PRO removes toxins, metals and odors in the water column.  High capacity carbon removes organics and polishes aquarium water.  Proprietary resins unique to the MAXOUT PRO blend...
  • Bulk Aquarium Large Particle Carbon  - Calgon (1/2 Gallon - 1.5 lbs)

    Bulk Aquarium Large Particle Carbon - Calgon (1/2 Gallon - 1.5 lbs)

    Kolar Labs

    $15.99
    We’ve partnered with Kolar Labs to bring the best available aquarium carbon directly to consumers. Calgon Carbon’s CRYSTAL CAL granular activated carbon is true liquid phase activated carbon made for aquariums. This laboratory grade granular...
  • PRO-CARBON Activated Carbon (1000 ml) - Polyplab

    PRO-CARBON Activated Carbon (1000 ml) - Polyplab

    PolypLab

    $19.99
    High performance activated carbon for crystal clear water in fresh-water and salt-water aquariums. PolypLab Pro Carbon is is an ultra high performance activated carbon manufactured under the most strict quality controls.  Pro CarbonL - Highly...
  • PRO-CARBON Activated Carbon (4000 ml) - Polyplab

    PRO-CARBON Activated Carbon (4000 ml) - Polyplab

    PolypLab

    $42.99
    High performance activated carbon for crystal clear water in fresh-water and salt-water aquariums. PolypLab Pro Carbon is is an ultra high performance activated carbon manufactured under the most strict quality controls.  Pro CarbonL - Highly...
  • NUVO PurityPack Replacement Filter Media (Midsize) - Innovative Marine

    NUVO PurityPack Replacement Filter Media (Midsize) - Innovative Marine

    Innovative Marine

    $14.99
    NUVO PurityPack: Replacement Filter Media [Midsize] (2) High Performance Fiber Balls (2) High Capacity Coarse Granular Ferric Oxide Pouches (2) Premium ROX 0.8 Carbon Pouches Fits: Fusion 30, Fusion 40, Fusion 50 Lagoon High Performance Fiber...
  • Active Carb (1000 ml)  -  NYOS Aquatics

    Active Carb (1000 ml) - NYOS Aquatics

    NYOS

    $19.99
    ACTIVE CARB NYOS® ACTIVE CARB is a high-quality, steam-activated, pH-neutral activated carbon, the use of which achieves crystal clear, clean aquarium water. Removes harmful yellow substances, organic pollution, cloudiness, odours and...
  • NUVO PurityPack Replacement Filter Media (Desktop) - Innovative Marine

    NUVO PurityPack Replacement Filter Media (Desktop) - Innovative Marine

    Innovative Marine

    $9.99
    NUVO PurityPack: Replacement Filter Media [Desktop] (1) High Performance Fiber Ball (1) High Capacity Coarse Granular Ferric Oxide Pouch (1) Premium ROX 0.8 Carbon Pouch Fits: Fusion 10, Fusion 14 Peninsula, Fusion 20, Fusion 20 Peninsula, Fusion...
  • MatrixCarbon (2 L) - Seachem

    MatrixCarbon (2 L) - Seachem

    Seachem

    $45.24
    MatrixCarbon™ is a truly unique activated carbon. It is formed as a spherical bead for optimum hydrodynamics, and will not pack. It permits maximum water flow and contact with its high density of macroporous binding sites. MatrixCarbon™ has a...
  • Purit - Complete Chemical Filtration (500 ml) - Brightwell

    Purit - Complete Chemical Filtration (500 ml) - Brightwell

    Brightwell Aquatics

    $23.42
    Next-Generation Chemical Filtration Media for use in all Marine and Freshwater Aquaria Overview Next-generation combination of enhanced activated carbon (offering superior chemical filtration characteristics to traditional activated carbon) and...
  • NUVO PurityPack Replacement Filter Media (Fullsize) - Innovative Marine

    NUVO PurityPack Replacement Filter Media (Fullsize) - Innovative Marine

    Innovative Marine

    $19.99
    NUVO PurityPack: Replacement Filter Media [Fullsize] (3) High Performance Fiber Balls (3) High Capacity Coarse Granular Ferric Oxide Pouches (3) Premium ROX 0.8 Carbon Pouches Fits: SR 60, SR 80 High Performance Fiber Ball High performance, non...
  • Purit - Complete Chemical Filtration (1 L - 33.8 oz) - Brightwell

    Purit - Complete Chemical Filtration (1 L - 33.8 oz) - Brightwell

    Brightwell Aquatics

    $38.64
    Next-Generation Chemical Filtration Media for use in all Marine and Freshwater Aquaria Overview Next-generation combination of enhanced activated carbon (offering superior chemical filtration characteristics to traditional activated carbon) and...
  • Shark ADV Add-On Cartridge with Sponge - Sicce

    Shark ADV Add-On Cartridge with Sponge - Sicce

    Sicce

    $22.99
    This is a refill cartridge for Shark ADV internal power filters. It is an expandable modular cartridge that can be used alongside a wide range of Sicce filtration media. Can be customized for Bio Pellets and temporarily used and removed after use. Unique...
  • Bulk Granular Carbon (40 lbs) Bag

    Bulk Granular Carbon (40 lbs) Bag

    SaltwaterAquarium

    $199.99
    Granular Activated Carbon based on bituminous coal provides the best combination of pore size, large particle size, high surface area, low ash, and hardness for chemically filtering aquarium water. In addition, test results indicate no leaching of...
  • MAXOUT Saltwater Filter Media (16 oz) - Fritz

    MAXOUT Saltwater Filter Media (16 oz) - Fritz

    Fritz Aquatics

    $14.39
    MaxOut removes all toxins, metals and odors in the water column. High capacity carbon removes organics and polishes aquarium water. Proprietary resins unique to the MaxOut blend aid in the removal of phosphates and reduces the buildup of...
  • Tidal 55 Matrix Carbon (140 ml) - Seachem

    Tidal 55 Matrix Carbon (140 ml) - Seachem

    Seachem

    $9.13
    Improve your water quality with Seachem Tidal Matrix Carbon, which is a high efficiency spherical carbon that adsorbs heavy metals, bad odors, organic contaminants and other pollutants found in your aquarium water. The 140ml bag will treat up to 55...
  • (SAMPLE ) Bulk Aquarium Large Particle Carbon - Calgon (1/8 Gallon)

    (SAMPLE ) Bulk Aquarium Large Particle Carbon - Calgon (1/8 Gallon)

    Kolar Labs

    $8.99
    We’ve partnered with Kolar Labs to bring the best available aquarium carbon directly to consumers. Calgon Carbon’s CRYSTAL CAL granular activated carbon is true liquid phase activated carbon made for aquariums. This laboratory grade granular...
  • SeaGel (2 L) - Seachem

    SeaGel (2 L) - Seachem

    Seachem

    $41.06
    SeaGel™ is a blend of MatrixCarbon™ and PhosGuard™. MatrixCarbon™ is an ultracapacity carbon for the removal of organic and color impurities. PhosGuard™ is a powerful remover of phosphate, silicate, toxic metals, and acids...
  • MatrixCarbon (1 L) - Seachem

    MatrixCarbon (1 L) - Seachem

    Seachem

    $22.62
    MatrixCarbon™ is a truly unique activated carbon. It is formed as a spherical bead for optimum hydrodynamics, and will not pack. It permits maximum water flow and contact with its high density of macroporous binding sites. MatrixCarbon™ has a...
  • Bulk Aquarium Large Particle Carbon  - Calgon (1/4 Gallon - 0.7 lbs)

    Bulk Aquarium Large Particle Carbon - Calgon (1/4 Gallon - 0.7 lbs)

    Kolar Labs

    $10.99
    We’ve partnered with Kolar Labs to bring the best available aquarium carbon directly to consumers. Calgon Carbon’s CRYSTAL CAL granular activated carbon is true liquid phase activated carbon made for aquariums. This laboratory grade granular...
  • Bulk Pelletized Carbon (40 lbs) Bag

    Bulk Pelletized Carbon (40 lbs) Bag

    SaltwaterAquarium

    $209.99
    Pelletized Activated Carbon based on bituminous coal provides the best combination of pore size, large particle size, high surface area, low ash, and hardness for chemically filtering aquarium water. In addition, test results indicate no leaching of...
  • SeaGel (500 mL) - Seachem

    SeaGel (500 mL) - Seachem

    Seachem

    $13.45
    SeaGel™ is a blend of MatrixCarbon™ and PhosGuard™. MatrixCarbon™ is an ultracapacity carbon for the removal of organic and color impurities. PhosGuard™ is a powerful remover of phosphate, silicate, toxic metals, and acids...
  • Bulk Aquarium Large Particle Carbon - Calgon (5 Gallon - 15 lbs)

    Bulk Aquarium Large Particle Carbon - Calgon (5 Gallon - 15 lbs)

    Kolar Labs

    $99.99
    We’ve partnered with Kolar Labs to bring the best available aquarium carbon directly to consumers. Calgon Carbon’s CRYSTAL CAL granular activated carbon is true liquid phase activated carbon made for aquariums. This laboratory grade granular...
  • MatrixCarbon (500 mL) - Seachem

    MatrixCarbon (500 mL) - Seachem

    Seachem

    $13.11
    MatrixCarbon™ is a truly unique activated carbon. It is formed as a spherical bead for optimum hydrodynamics, and will not pack. It permits maximum water flow and contact with its high density of macroporous binding sites. MatrixCarbon™ has a...
  • MatrixCarbon (4 L) - Seachem

    MatrixCarbon (4 L) - Seachem

    Seachem

    $90.49
    MatrixCarbon™ is a truly unique activated carbon. It is formed as a spherical bead for optimum hydrodynamics, and will not pack. It permits maximum water flow and contact with its high density of macroporous binding sites. MatrixCarbon™ has a...
  • PRO-CARBON Activated Carbon (500 ml) - Polyplab

    PRO-CARBON Activated Carbon (500 ml) - Polyplab

    PolypLab

    $12.99
    High performance activated carbon for crystal clear water in fresh-water and salt-water aquariums. PolypLab Pro Carbon is is an ultra high performance activated carbon manufactured under the most strict quality controls.  Pro CarbonL - Highly...
  • Tidal 110 Matrix Carbon (275 ml) - Seachem

    Tidal 110 Matrix Carbon (275 ml) - Seachem

    Seachem

    $14.66
    Improve your water quality with Seachem Tidal Matrix Carbon, which is a high efficiency spherical carbon that adsorbs heavy metals, bad odors, organic contaminants and other pollutants found in your aquarium water. The 140ml bag will treat up to 110...
  • Purit - Complete Chemical Filtration (250 ml) - Brightwell

    Purit - Complete Chemical Filtration (250 ml) - Brightwell

    Brightwell Aquatics

    $16.95
    Next-Generation Chemical Filtration Media for use in all Marine and Freshwater Aquaria Overview Next-generation combination of enhanced activated carbon (offering superior chemical filtration characteristics to traditional activated carbon) and...
  • SeaGel (100 mL) - Seachem

    SeaGel (100 mL) - Seachem

    Seachem

    $5.87
    SeaGel™ is a blend of MatrixCarbon™ and PhosGuard™. MatrixCarbon™ is an ultracapacity carbon for the removal of organic and color impurities. PhosGuard™ is a powerful remover of phosphate, silicate, toxic metals, and acids...
  • MAXOUT PRO Freshwater Filter Media + Phosphate Remover (16 oz) - Fritz

    MAXOUT PRO Freshwater Filter Media + Phosphate Remover (16 oz) - Fritz

    Fritz Aquatics

    $19.99
    MaxOut PRO Freshwater’s unique blend combines high-grade rinsed carbon, proprietary phosphate resin and organic scavenger resins. MaxOut PRO Freshwater removes all toxins, metals and odors in the water column. High capacity carbon removes...
  • Fritz Pro Aquatics Carbon AP - Activated Pelleted - (1/2 lb) - Fritz

    Fritz Pro Aquatics Carbon AP - Activated Pelleted - (1/2 lb) - Fritz

    Fritz Aquatics

    $10.55
    Fritz Carbon AP is a high-quality, 4mm pelletized, activated carbon ideal for use in fresh or saltwater aquariums. Directions & Dosage Use 1/8 lb (approx. 1/2 cup) for every 20 gallons (78 liters) of aquarium water. The amount of carbon required...
  • HydroCarbon (1 Liter) - Two Little Fishies

    HydroCarbon (1 Liter) - Two Little Fishies

    Two Little Fishies

    $17.85
    Granular activated carbon designed specifically for water purification. Removes dissolved organic compounds that turn the water yellow. The extremely porous granules are the optimum size for use in high capacity filters, allowing high flow at minimal...
  • SHARK PRO Foams Kit  - Sicce

    SHARK PRO Foams Kit - Sicce

    Sicce

    $9.99
    The new Shark PRO is a completely redesigned internal filter. The new models come with upgraded materials and Innovative design. The new Shark PRO stands alone with unique magnetic system and larger filtration capacity.  Shark Pro - Foams Kit For...