08-07-2008, 09:25 PM
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Re: Skimmer and Filter?
Originally Posted by Maj Lraep
hey guys quick question before i set up all blurb. i have a 29g saltwater tank, protein skimmer(rumora), compact lighting, 30lbs of like rock, and a powerhead. No fish yet, an urchin, lots of mushrooms, few snails and a few hermit crabs. my tank is a month old. looks good and clear and parameters are cool. Do i still need a filter of some sort
Without question, you do not need a filter. You have a perfect natural filtration system, with live rock and a protein skimmer. Ideally you would also have a 3'' minimum depth of aragonite sand to provide denitrification.
If you WANT to run a hang on filter, you can. I personally run an empty Whisper with a bag of activated carbon dropped inside. This helps keep acids from tainting the water, which aids in light penetration for the corals. This also provides the added benefit of additional water current. Note: I do not use a mechanical filter pad. The water is not forced thru the carbon bag. I literally put carbon inside a small mesh bag and drop the bag into the bottom of the filter. The effect is very casual carbon filtration.