How to make sure activated carbon won't turn my pond black
Based on lots of advice on this forum and elsewhere, I bought a big tub of activated carbon pellets to clear up the tea-colored water in my pond. (The brand I got is CrystalClear Polish AC Activated Carbon.) I put it in mesh bags and rinsed it with a hose, then put the rinsed bags in a bucket of water. The water turned black, so I repeated this process several times, but the water remains black, although not as dark as the first time. But I'm afraid that putting this material in my pond will just change my pond from tea colored to black. What am I doing wrong?