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Mecal 07-28-2011 06:04 PM

Protein Skimmer not required?
 
Hey all,
So in the short future I should have a FOWLR tank set up. It will be a 25gT. I plan on having live sand and live rock with a small bio-load.
My current plan is for some snails, an orchid dottyback, and some peppermint shrimp (assuming the dottyback is not aggressive).

With that said, I believe I can run the tank without any type of filtration? The only thing I would have would be a powerhead to circulate the water.

what are your thoughts?
thanks

Reefing Madness 07-28-2011 09:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mecal (Post 755513)
Hey all,
So in the short future I should have a FOWLR tank set up. It will be a 25gT. I plan on having live sand and live rock with a small bio-load.
My current plan is for some snails, an orchid dottyback, and some peppermint shrimp (assuming the dottyback is not aggressive).

With that said, I believe I can run the tank without any type of filtration? The only thing I would have would be a powerhead to circulate the water.

what are your thoughts?
thanks

Could be done, bearing in mind that you would be doing weekly water changes to keep the parameters in check. I would also go with 1.5lbs of LR to help with this, as it is a form of filtration, and the more you have the more you filter.

Mecal 07-29-2011 08:44 PM

hmm, ok, thanks.

Would it also help to have a deep sand bed (e.g. 4'')?

Reefing Madness 07-30-2011 09:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mecal (Post 757033)
hmm, ok, thanks.

Would it also help to have a deep sand bed (e.g. 4'')?

Absolutely.

Mecal 07-31-2011 11:27 AM

Thanks,

last question, how many circulating pumps should I have? and what type of directionality should they be in?

Reefing Madness 07-31-2011 08:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mecal (Post 758788)
Thanks,

last question, how many circulating pumps should I have? and what type of directionality should they be in?

Water movement should be at least 10x your water volume. And it can go up from there. Just not blowing things across the tank. usually they put em on the sides of the tank.


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