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Post  hartge01 on 6/21/2015, 3:01 pm

Hey everyone,

Question... I have a large fish tank and I am always throwing out the used activated carbon from the filters. Today I was wondering if it would be OK/Good to add this to my compost pile? I don't think it has any beneficial nutrient elements, but it may add some aeration qualities when added to the garden, as the vermiculite does, as I add it when I plant?

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Post  CapeCoddess on 6/21/2015, 5:16 pm

@hartge01 wrote:Hey everyone,

Question... I have a large fish tank and I am always throwing out the used activated carbon from the filters. Today I was wondering if it would be OK/Good to add this to my compost pile? I don't think it has any beneficial nutrient elements, but it may add some aeration qualities when added to the garden, as the vermiculite does, as I add it when I plant?

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Post  camprn on 6/21/2015, 8:56 pm

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 6/21/2015, 9:46 pm

Agree, yes.  That little amount shouldn't affect the pH either, like actual charcoal can.
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