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Old 08-12-2010, 09:48 PM   #1
 
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Hello,

I am new to this forum and this is my first post, so be gentle with me.
For the last 10 years or so I have had freshwater fish of all sorts with varying success. So about 6 month ago my grand kids and I made the decision to go salt.
The tank is a 135 gallon tank which unfortunately is not drilled so I am running 2 canister filters along with power heads.
I set up the tank as mentioned about 6 months ago and added sand and live sand along with live rock to the tank and then just let it run for about 2 months. I kept checking the water and after a spike in aminia and nitrites, the tank seems to have cycled well. I had the LF guy check my water until it was ok to add some livestock. There is about 3" of sandy substrate in the tank, and 3 power heads moving the water along with a Fluval 305 which had the sponges and a product called Matrix from Seachem in the baskets and a 350 Magnum which only has activated carbon in it.
After reading some of the posts about canister filters I decided to remove the sponge material that is in the filter, but left the other media in it.
Question, is this ok or would you guys advise I remove that as well?
The tank as mentioned has live rock in it and I would estimate about 70lbs at this time. I will add more as I can afford it. I am not planning on having any corals or anemones in the tank at this time.

The creatures list is as follows:
3 Yellowtail Damsels
6 Chromius
2 Yellow headed Jawfish - to sift through the substrate
2 Ocellaris Clownfish

That's it for now. Any suggestions on the filter situation as I am unable to set up a sump on my tank.
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:11 PM   #2
 
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Hello,

I am new to this forum and this is my first post, so be gentle with me.
For the last 10 years or so I have had freshwater fish of all sorts with varying success. So about 6 month ago my grand kids and I made the decision to go salt.
The tank is a 135 gallon tank which unfortunately is not drilled so I am running 2 canister filters along with power heads.
I set up the tank as mentioned about 6 months ago and added sand and live sand along with live rock to the tank and then just let it run for about 2 months. I kept checking the water and after a spike in aminia and nitrites, the tank seems to have cycled well. I had the LF guy check my water until it was ok to add some livestock. There is about 3" of sandy substrate in the tank, and 3 power heads moving the water along with a Fluval 305 which had the sponges and a product called Matrix from Seachem in the baskets and a 350 Magnum which only has activated carbon in it.
After reading some of the posts about canister filters I decided to remove the sponge material that is in the filter, but left the other media in it.
Question, is this ok or would you guys advise I remove that as well?
The tank as mentioned has live rock in it and I would estimate about 70lbs at this time. I will add more as I can afford it. I am not planning on having any corals or anemones in the tank at this time.

The creatures list is as follows:
3 Yellowtail Damsels
6 Chromius
2 Yellow headed Jawfish - to sift through the substrate
2 Ocellaris Clownfish

That's it for now. Any suggestions on the filter situation as I am unable to set up a sump on my tank.
No advice from me as I'm a newby myself, but wanted to say welcome to the forum! we've got some absolutely fantastic forumers with ++ experience. Give them some time to read your thread. Looking forwards to reading about your tank's progress, maybe see some pics?
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:07 AM   #3
 
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1st Welcome to the forum!!!!! you will get a lot of great advice here.....
2nd were it me (and its not) i would build a sump and get rid of the canisters all together...
but were i to keep them i would run only carbon if anything at all....
here are a few great links here at TFK that are very well written and explain in deatail what i mean

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...shwater-31955/

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...g-sumps-15930/

oh and as no one else mentioned it we love PIX LOL so feel free to post some.... just curious what are the details on your tank?
for example how much Live rock? inhabitance?
FOWLER? Reef?
and again WELCOME!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-13-2010, 08:55 AM   #4
 
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welcome to the forum.

3 inches of sand isnt ideal. i suggest either 1'' or less OR 4'' - 6'' of sand for a deep sandbed. 2'' or 3'' seems to cause problems getting things trapped BUT you may just be ok with your 2 jawfish constantly shifting sand. i would consider this though.

i would run the canisters either empty ( for water movement ) or with only carbon myself... actually if it was me, i would have had a sump already

id love to see pictures too.
welcome to the forum.
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Old 08-16-2010, 01:13 PM   #5
 
Unfortunately my cabinet does not allow for that as the two openings on either side are only 22"w x 17"h x 17"d.

That makes it difficult to place anything other that a canister filter in it. I guess my best bet will be to add more live rock and more sand.

Thanks for the input.

H.
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:33 PM   #6
 
Plus one on the canaster filters. I would also take the sponge off the power head.
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Old 08-20-2010, 10:42 PM   #7
 
The reason why people don't like to use canister filters is because they can trap detritus. If you rinse them out about every week do rid them of the detritus and you will be fine. I your are diligent and rinse them out every week I would reccomend keeping the carbon and also the sponge to trap it. After every week you can take the sponge out and rinse it.
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