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Old 08-07-2011, 09:55 PM   #1
 
Noob question about filters

Hey guys-

So I am starting my very first aquarium and am doing a saltwater. I am a newbie at this so please keep the technical language to a minimum. But the question I have is this:

I have a 45-gallon tank. I am planning on not having a sump, just having a bak-pak 2 protein skimmer and a heater in the tank, along with live rock. Do I need an additional filter as well or will the live rock, live sand, and protein skimmer suffice?

Thank you!!

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Old 08-08-2011, 06:40 AM   #2
 
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enough live rock ( so, about 1 to 2 #s per gallon estimate ) with good flow along with your skimmer is all you need.
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:20 AM   #3
 
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enough live rock ( so, about 1 to 2 #s per gallon estimate ) with good flow along with your skimmer is all you need.

Whats the best way to ensure good waterflow?
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:07 PM   #4
 
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2 powerheads on either side of the tank.
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Old 08-08-2011, 08:06 PM   #5
 
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2 powerheads on either side of the tank.

Thank you for your help!

Im sorry but I have another stupid question. How does a submersible powerhead work? I mean, how do you plug it in if it is underwater? I guess I do not understand....
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:07 PM   #6
 
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not at all a stupid question. there will never be a stupid question, only a stupid answer.

powerhead pumps are submersible and go inside the tank. the cord comes out and gets plugged in outside of the tank. look into hydor k pumps as they are pretty cheap and effective, or if you have the money tunzes or ecotechs.


now, you may want to ask around a few more questions/do alittle more reading before jumping into this. research and patience are key in this hobby.
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Old 08-10-2011, 07:13 PM   #7
 
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Whats the best way to ensure good waterflow?
You generaly want a minimum of 10x the water turn over. So your looking at 450 gph powerhead. Now being that its best to put themon the sides of the tank, its better to run 2 of them, on opposite sides. But id run 2 400 gph, one on each side should give you more than enough water flow.
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