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Is Activated Carbon Right for your Aquarium? Activated Carbon, also known as activated charcoal, has been on the market for decades.  It is a chemical filtration medium used for water purification, air purification, and even medicine for humans. In terms of the aquarium hobby, activated carbon is by far the most popular filtration product for saltwater, coral reef, freshwater, and planted aquariums. Do you have to use activated carbon to have a healthy aquarium? No, but implementing carbon into your filtration system makes having crystal clear and odor free water...

When choosing an aquarium, the height, the width, and even the length are very important. Standard glass aquariums from 20 to 55 gallons are typically 12” from front glass to back glass. When using artificial decoration this narrow width works well since there is a large assortment of sizes available. However stacking live rock in such a space will create an almost vertical rock wall that looks like a cliff. While the wall may appear adequate, wider aquariums (at least 18 inches wide front to back) allow for deep caves,...