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post #11 of 26 Old 04-18-2008, 02:15 AM
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Those should be fine for now if it is what you have, Just run black Carbon in it and you might want to change the Filter Pads Once a week or you will get a Nitrate build up. But like cody Says you might want to save for something better in the Future. How Long has the Tank Benn Up and Running ?

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post #12 of 26 Old 04-18-2008, 02:31 AM Thread Starter
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ok and is it true that i should take the bio wheel part off? doesnt that help the ammonia? do i have to change the filter pads now? the tank been up prob just about a week with nothing in it but two powerheads. im putting in some live sand tomorrow.
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post #13 of 26 Old 04-18-2008, 02:35 AM
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Yes Yes take off the Bio wheels it will house Nitrates and keep putting em back in the Tank. If you get a Skimmer that will Keep down your Ammonia But, Remember you are Cycling right now, and your going to have spikes till your all done, if you get even a couple of pices of Live rock it will help, Your Biological Filtration.

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post #14 of 26 Old 04-18-2008, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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i was planning on buying a canister filter later on, is the Marineland Multistage Canister Filters a good filter to use? and would i still need a sump if i get a canister?
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post #15 of 26 Old 04-18-2008, 02:43 AM
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I was thinking of what you were at one Point ,,no the Canister is not the way to go ,unless you want some thing to just move water, Im using a fluval 305 now and every week im taking it apart to clean it ,Cause there is Debree in it that is housing Nitrate s ,Im waiting because im going with a sump Refugim setup next ,but You really want to get a good Skimmer next

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post #16 of 26 Old 04-18-2008, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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so i wouldnt need a filter if i get a sump right?
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post #17 of 26 Old 04-18-2008, 11:15 AM
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No just a good Skimmer ,but if im correct Cody made a Refguim Out of a Aqua Clear Filter ,Which is what i was going to do .

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post #18 of 26 Old 04-18-2008, 04:55 PM
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Ah, not yet. I am going to soon. Once our basement is done being torn up, then I can build my custom DIY hood and stand, plus the fuge. :)

+1. All you need would be a good skimmer and powerheads.
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post #19 of 26 Old 04-18-2008, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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yea i was planning on trying one of those aqua clear filter refuge things. do anyone have any diy plans
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In a marine aquarium your biggest concern is preventing the buildup of Nitrate. As such, you do not want to run an artificial biological filter. Instead, you should utilize a good protein skimmer, live rock, and a sand bed. The protein skimmer will remove orgainic waste before it has the opportunity to be broken down into Nitrates. The sand bed and live rock will function to remove Nitrate from the system.

A biowheel, canister filter, bioballs.... these really have no place in a marine system. You may want to utilize activated carbon or phosguard in a canister filter, but you do not want to use any type of biomedia. Your live rock will function biologically to remove ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate from your system, provided you have a nice layer of sand.

Your biggest concern needs to be the addition of a protein foam skimmer. This is the single most important piece of equipment in a marine aquarium.
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