Is it possible to buy the filters without the carbon in them? The carbon for some strange reason makes the tank get cloudy. It is the only thing it could be because everything else stays the same. If we use the filter without the carbon the tank is fine.
No, the filters always come with the carbon packs. One of the main purposes of carbon is to actually help clear the water, it will not cloud water. Cloudy water is caused by lack of water changes or vacuuming, overfeeding, heterotrophic bacteria, microscopic animals, cycling the tank, etc. You can also get very slightly cloudy water in taller tanks if you do not have something at the bottom of the tank to help circulate the water. Carbon will not, however, cause cloudy water. Be sure to change filter media every three to four weeks, however, to get the most out of your media.
Date published: 2016-06-10