10-24-2013, 03:58 PM
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Personally, I would not invest in a canister for this set up - it's 37 gallons and your live rock and live sand should filter your set up IF you do a couple of other things.
Here's my thoughts/suggestions:
Instead of purchasing a canister, use that money on the very best hang on the back skimmer you can find/afford. Unfortunately which one is best is in the eye of the beholder, what one likes someone else may despise. Just do diligent research and look at reviews, current reviews.....
I would also consider a hang of the back refugium, CPR makes the Aquafuge in several sizes with or without a light. With a refugium you can grow the macro algae referenced above AND you can grow/harvest copepods and ampipods in the refugium to feed your fish.
Ideally sumps are the best approach, but you can find success without a sump on smaller set ups.
Do you have saltwater clubs in your area(?) they are a GREAT resource to assist with finding quality rock, sand and other hardware.
Let us know how things progress....
Last edited by Tracy Bird; 10-24-2013 at 04:01 PM..