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Old 11-05-2008, 07:08 PM   #1
Filter help!

I have a 75 gallon tank that I am getting ready to turn from fresh to saltwater. I currently have an Eheim 2126 canister filter running on it. I am planning on starting out with a few clowns and smaller fish like that, but would like to have the capability to have larger fish in the future. After doing some reading on these forums it sounds like I should ditch the canister filter? Should I go with a sump and some live rock? Is there more to it that that? Also, and suggestions on how large of a sump you would recommend if that is the way to go? Thanks in advance for any and all help!
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:16 PM   #2
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First question, have you used any copper based products in this tank? Many times the Striping will absorb the copper and when you go salt the copper will then seap out of it and it'll affect much if not kill.

You are correct canister isn't the way to go. Sump a refuge are the best for filtration along with a skimmer depending on your tank size. Refugium should be at least 10% of your tank. so if you have a 25g tank then you need at least 2.5g refugium.

For a sump, i think what ever fits under your tank should be the best. many combine them together while others have neat things they do with them. Everyone has their own tank. you'll also need an overflow box...

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Old 11-06-2008, 12:43 AM   #3
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The chemistry of saltwater tanks is so different from freshwater tanks that you really need to tear the entire tank down and start from scratch.

I agree; ditch the canister and go for a deep sand bed, lots of live rock, and a sump/refugium with a protein skimmer. The bigger the sump, the better.
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Old 11-09-2008, 05:47 PM   #4
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I agree with the above in theory. However, lets first find out what your interests are. What do you vision with this aquarium? Short term? Long term?
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