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This is my first post here so please forgive any 'newbieness'.
I have just got a Cleair 42 gallon corner aquarium that came with a boxed in filter.
I have a number of questions that I would like to pose.
I intend on using the tank for marine fish (my first time doing this).
Firstly would you recommend using the filter?
I intend on buying a protein skimmer but due to the fact that it is a corner unit would you recommend using an in-tank skimmer?
I would also like to know whether you think a uv filter system is worth buying?
Any further info regarding starting a new tank is more than welcome.
What do you mean by "boxed filter?"
Take a picture of the filter if you can so we can look at it. It maybe be better to put the Protiegn skimmer in the filter as in a sump. As for a UV, very worth it, yet you do not need it ASAP. I would give it 2 or 3 months before getting one.
I want to have a reef system - is this possible, ie is there a restriction due to the size of my tank etc?
I would also like some help on the lighting. I have at the moment four tubes running across. Two are white flourescent one is blue (actinic I think) and the other is pink and as far as I am aware they are 20W. This was a gift and came with no user manual or documentation so I am getting the wattage information of the Cleair website.
All help much appreciated.
that looks like a overflow not a filter
For a tank like this you want as little to show as possible. That does look like an overflow so you do want to think about a wet/dry system. Just build your own out of a smaller tank maybe 20 gallons or out of acrylic. It be nice, then you can put the protiegn skimmer and UV in the wet/dry and they will not show above. Also think about building a refugium down there, but that might come a bit later. IF you want LR and or corals you need better lighting. I am not sure what you need. I pressume Metal haloide or High pressure sodium. But ask others about that. That will be a nice tank when complete. Good buy.
I went to the Cleair website and that does not sound slike a overflow. I do not know what a box filter is. IT would be great if you could take picture of the filter. Take it out if you can and take some pictures of it. Or describe it in DETAIL, so that we can know what is inside and how it works. Then we can help you will what you will need to do.
My LR and corals always did fine under a power compact light.
You must have no SPS corals. Also I would put money on it that if you put them under some nice MH lighting they would look even better. But also what tank is this? I have yet to see a tank with life in it.
I took it down. My LR in my 10 gallon is good I just never took a picture. AndI still have the 10g set up.
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