Teaching people sea science from a blog is a bit ambitious as it can get pretty complex. Undersea life is a rather vast enterprise laden with personal and passionate issues. You can get pretty far afield. Since I love the subject, to help readers grasp essentials, Let’s narrow the focus today to fish tank water filters as a microcosm of a larger subject and see how carbon filters work just like they do in normal air purifiers.
If you learn anything, it is that the fish tank is a natural habitat that must be controlled and regulated if the fish are to survive. If this is your hobby, you will want to be knowledgeable and that goes for activated carbon charcoal pebbles that like their air purifier counterparts remove odors, colors, organic pollutants and the like to keep the water crystal clear and healthy for the denizens. Anyone who has lost a fish or two knows how important this is. Keeping the water clean is a regular chore; the more you know about it, the greater the chances for immediate success.
In effect, you are neutralizing and destroying toxic compounds from your tank, making it phosphate free and safe for both fresh and saltwater occupants, since you might well have some of each. It is easy to do, works fast, and is long lasting; so make sure you have some handy next to your tank at all times. You buy the carbon in bulk in a store or on line. Don’t be deterred by the hefty price. Follow the instructions by rinsing the carbon media through until the water runs clear before use. Make sure you buy aquatics carbon just for ponds and aquaria like the brand Aqua-Carb. It is a high capacity carbon media specifically designed to remove organic waste material from ponds and aquarium water. It will reduce yellow and brown tint, improve odor, and reduce overall organic levels in the water. If you have an air purifier at home that works with a carbon filter, this will seem like familiar stuff. When you buy such an appliance you have a choice of method of operation.
As for carbon, activated carbon is the porous material that absorbs volatile chemicals on a molecular basis. The absorption process must reach equilibrium for the machine to completely remove all contaminants. In other words, activated carbon is a process of changing contaminants from a gaseous to a solid phase, when aggravated or disturbed contaminants can be regenerated in indoor air sources. It can be used at room temperature and is often used in conjunction with other filter technology such as HEPA. In tandem with the latter, you can remove particles of all sizes, minute to very large.
The Honeywell air purifier is on all experts’ short list of brands to buy. Along with Holmes, the two make up 50% of all portable and console units. Honeywell is a mass-market brand with a “value” proposition. The brand is available at mass merchants, including Walmart and Target, and widely online. Choosing Honneywell is a vote for quality and solid reputation. The company gibes air purifiers indeed a good name.