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Old 06-15-2009, 10:53 PM   #11
 
Here's an update on the pictures. By the way, I removed the power filter and replaced it with a Sea Clone 100 gallon protein skimmer. Is there any way to add the activated carbon now?
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:21 PM   #12
 
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Here's an update on the pictures. By the way, I removed the power filter and replaced it with a Sea Clone 100 gallon protein skimmer. Is there any way to add the activated carbon now?

hey what kind of lighting are you using?
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:42 PM   #13
 
I am using the All Glass Aquarium 17 watt flourescent light. It came with the hood and housing.
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:13 AM   #14
 
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What kind of tank are you planning on doing? Will it be Fish Only With Live Rock (FOWLR) or Reef?

I see both the powerhead for the protein skimmer, and the wand for the filter (I assume its a canister). Are you running the filter empty? If so, there's a place to throw the carbon. Beware, you will have to clean out the carbon filter often if it is in a bag, or some type of filter material. Detritus will build up inside the bag (or filter pad), raising Nitrate levels.

Are you doing a sump?
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Old 06-26-2009, 08:37 AM   #15
 
I am doing a FOWLR tank. The powerhead is actually for the protein skimmer. I have no other powerhead because it's a SeaClone 100. It's so overrated that it's moving my sandbed. The wand is actually my 200 watt heater. It's by Marineland. I was looking at my protein skimmer the other day and that I might be able to to put the activated carbon inside the protein skimmer itself. Because there's this long tube that extends upwards. I'm not too sure. I'm going to need Pasfur's input on this one. I will not be doing a sump.
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:36 AM   #16
 
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I personally wouldn't put the carbon into the protein skimmer, as that would inhibit bubble production.
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:13 PM   #17
 
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Can you post a pic of the power filter you took off the unit?
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Old 06-26-2009, 04:54 PM   #18
 
I don't have a power filter as I mentioned earlier. I replaced it with a protein skimmer instead. If you're wondering what that powerhead is, it's a Maxi Jet 1200 that came with the protein skimmer itself. The Maxi Jet 1200 is used to suck in water into the tube to create bubbles and clean water goes right back into the tank. But I will take a picture for you in case I'm confusing you.
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Old 06-26-2009, 05:48 PM   #19
 
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I agree, I would not put activated carbon inside the protein skimmer. In my opinion, the best place for carbon inside your setup would be to run the power filter EMPTY and place a BAG of activated carbon inside. Do not force water to flow threw a carbon filter pad, just drop a bag of carbon inside the power filter chamber.

I do this same thing in my 180 sump. A bag of carbon just lays on the bottom of the sump. It improves water clarity and only needs to be replaced every few months in this situation.
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Old 06-26-2009, 06:02 PM   #20
 
So I guess I won't be using any activated carbon then because I returned the power filter because the protein skimmer replaced the spot where I had the filter. I was thinking. What do you think of the Visi Therm protein skimmer? It's really small and compact and it's rated up to 75 gallons I think. The SeaClone I have now is 100 gallons and is actually moving my sandbed, only the part where the water goes back into the tank.

About the livestocks. Is this too much for the tank? My tank is more of a community tank. Do inverts even count?
1 - 2 Clownfish
1 Royal Gramma
1 Firefish Goby
8 - 10 Blue Leg Hermit Crabs
1 - 3 Cleaner Shrimp
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