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post #21 of 28 Old 12-05-2009, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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hey thanks mollie and everyone. I cant wait to start it. IM sure that filter is probably useless but for that price i dont care. IM in north florida. near jacksonville.
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post #22 of 28 Old 12-06-2009, 06:47 AM
You don't really want any "filter" in a saltwater tank, unless it's going to be fish only but where's the fun in that?
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post #23 of 28 Old 12-06-2009, 06:55 AM
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You don't really want any "filter" in a saltwater tank, unless it's going to be fish only but where's the fun in that?
I personally set up every marine system with the same filtration concept. Both my reef aquarium and my fish only aquarium are identical in setup, using live rock, sand, and a protein skimmer.
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post #24 of 28 Old 12-10-2009, 09:59 PM
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I personally set up every marine system with the same filtration concept. Both my reef aquarium and my fish only aquarium are identical in setup, using live rock, sand, and a protein skimmer.

what's your opinion on bio balls?


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what's your opinion on bio balls?
Advanced Level discussion of filtration concepts he talks about it there.
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post #26 of 28 Old 12-11-2009, 07:23 AM
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thanks, that's exactly what I needed to read -- (dumping all the balls out of the tank before I begin)


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Fauna:
1x Honey Gourami
2x Otocinclus Affinis
6x Flame Tetra
6x Ember Tetra
2x Apple Snail (Hitched on Rotala)

Flora:
Dwarf Sagittaria
Ludwigia Repens X L. Arcuata
Staurogyne Repen
Cryptocoryne lutea
Cryptocoryne Wendti
Cryptocoryne spiralis
Amazon Sword
Java Moss
Java Fern
Anubias minima
Water Primrose
Pogostemon Yatabeanus
Limnophila sp. 'mini'
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thanks, that's exactly what I needed to read -- (dumping all the balls out of the tank before I begin)
LOL! I pictured you near your computer, reading this thread, and shaking all the bioballs out of the tank into the garbage.

I personally never used Bioballs on any system I have kept. My F/W systems have always been the same: Hang On Top Filter, Heater, Substrate, Deco, Water Changes.

I used that knowledge when I first got into this hobby, and just supplemented the HOT filter for a canister (this was the advice of the S/W "expert" at Pet Supplies +). Within months of adding fish I had Nitrates climbing through the roof.

After I joined this forum, I started reading about filtration and the tried and true methods to keeping saltwater creatures. I ditched the canister, and ran Live Rock, Live Sand and a Protein Skimmer. That is it. And my Nitrates are always less than 5 ppm, usually undetectable. It's a greater startup cost, but the results are undeniable! This is the only way I would suggest filtering my tank.



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post #28 of 28 Old 12-13-2009, 10:25 PM
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LOL! I pictured you near your computer, reading this thread, and shaking all the bioballs out of the tank into the garbage.

I personally never used Bioballs on any system I have kept. My F/W systems have always been the same: Hang On Top Filter, Heater, Substrate, Deco, Water Changes.

I used that knowledge when I first got into this hobby, and just supplemented the HOT filter for a canister (this was the advice of the S/W "expert" at Pet Supplies +). Within months of adding fish I had Nitrates climbing through the roof.

After I joined this forum, I started reading about filtration and the tried and true methods to keeping saltwater creatures. I ditched the canister, and ran Live Rock, Live Sand and a Protein Skimmer. That is it. And my Nitrates are always less than 5 ppm, usually undetectable. It's a greater startup cost, but the results are undeniable! This is the only way I would suggest filtering my tank.

Haha, it's hillarious, you are right, I went and got all the bio balls and then just dumped them out of the tank.. though I couldn't throw my 29 gallon biocube upside down =) all in all it's great!.


-=+8 Gallon Planted+=-
Fauna:
1x Honey Gourami
2x Otocinclus Affinis
6x Flame Tetra
6x Ember Tetra
2x Apple Snail (Hitched on Rotala)

Flora:
Dwarf Sagittaria
Ludwigia Repens X L. Arcuata
Staurogyne Repen
Cryptocoryne lutea
Cryptocoryne Wendti
Cryptocoryne spiralis
Amazon Sword
Java Moss
Java Fern
Anubias minima
Water Primrose
Pogostemon Yatabeanus
Limnophila sp. 'mini'
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