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post #1 of 14 Old 10-27-2009, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Need advice on new filtration system

I have a 29 gallon saltwater aquarium, and I have a 70 gph drip filter. I've been wanting to upgrade. Can somebody please give me some advice on what I should go with?
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-27-2009, 09:58 PM
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Does this tank have live rock? What livestock?
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-28-2009, 01:30 PM
What's drip filter?
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-01-2009, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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it has bout 30 to 35 pounds of liverock with a lunar wrasse a tomato clown a pink and blue spotted goby and anenome. A drop filter is like a hang on filter on the back
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post #5 of 14 Old 11-02-2009, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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anybody have any advice for me? 30 to 35 pounds of liverock, 3 fish and a anenome. Canister filter?
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-02-2009, 07:34 PM
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protein skimmer...

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post #7 of 14 Old 11-03-2009, 09:32 PM
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Without question, I would slowly eliminate the drip filter and replace it with a protein skimmer. The drip filter is designed to break down ammonia, with an end result of nitrates. Given that we do not want nitrates in a marine aquarium, this is an odd approach to filtration.

A protein skimmer will remove organic wastes before they are broken down, allowing for a much more stable environment. Any residual ammonia that is present in the water will be broken down by the live rock, with an end result of Nitrogen Gas, which is harmless and leaves the system naturally.
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-05-2009, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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okay so i should keep keep the filter but add the protein skimmer? and what kind of protein skimmer should i purchase?
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-05-2009, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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also there is o such thing as too many water changes right? Because i do 1 week which is 10 gallons but i only have 29 gallon tank. I have researched it and some people say too much but others say more the better so i am just confused!
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post #10 of 14 Old 11-05-2009, 10:59 PM
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I think such large scale water changes are stressful on the livestock. I prefer to change very small amounts of water more frequently. In your case, changing 2 gallons of water per week, or even several times per week, would be much more appropriate. Honestly, after you add the protein skimmer, these water changes will not need to be so frequent.

I would suggest this skimmer Super Skimmer with Needle Wheel - Up to 65 Gallon | Venturi Models | Protein Skimmers | Aquarium - ThatPetPlace.com. This is about the best skimmer you will find for less than $100, which is very inexpensive for a skimmer.
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