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post #11 of 14 Old 01-26-2012, 09:37 AM
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freshwater filtration;
-hang on filters and canister filters ( unless ran empty for flow or only with carbon these should stay on freshwater tanks. theres media reactors for carbon and powerheads for flow )
-sponge filters, bio wheels and bio balls ( avoid in saltwater all together )

all these are meant to trap debris which allow them to build up. on a freshwater tank this is the idea before doing a water change to lower nitrates.

saltwater filtration;
-protien skimmer ( read reviews, some suck completely, some are worth more then gold )
-carbon/phosban reactors
-filter sock ( these can be just as problematic as freshwater type filters unless kept clean a few times a week )
-good flow with enough live rock
-some say a UV sterilizer but i personally do not suggest one, ( maybe the only exception is one on a QT )

the idea on a saltwater tank is to not trap debris, un-eaten food and detritus allowing it time to break down adn turn into excess nutrients. the idea is to have good flow to keep this stuff suspended in the water which will allow the skimmer time to pull it out. dead flow spots can become an issue as these allow debris to build up here and break down too.

this ofcourse is the very basic break down of filtration.
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post #12 of 14 Old 01-26-2012, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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freshwater filtration;
-hang on filters and canister filters ( unless ran empty for flow or only with carbon these should stay on freshwater tanks. theres media reactors for carbon and powerheads for flow )
-sponge filters, bio wheels and bio balls ( avoid in saltwater all together )

all these are meant to trap debris which allow them to build up. on a freshwater tank this is the idea before doing a water change to lower nitrates.

saltwater filtration;
-protien skimmer ( read reviews, some suck completely, some are worth more then gold )
-carbon/phosban reactors
-filter sock ( these can be just as problematic as freshwater type filters unless kept clean a few times a week )
-good flow with enough live rock
-some say a UV sterilizer but i personally do not suggest one, ( maybe the only exception is one on a QT )

the idea on a saltwater tank is to not trap debris, un-eaten food and detritus allowing it time to break down adn turn into excess nutrients. the idea is to have good flow to keep this stuff suspended in the water which will allow the skimmer time to pull it out. dead flow spots can become an issue as these allow debris to build up here and break down too.

this ofcourse is the very basic break down of filtration.
Oh now I get your meaning. my tank has a skimmer,C/ph reactor and UV sterilizer. and it's pump makes a relatively good flow (It's kinda delightfull how the blue tang and Damsel especially enjoy it!) the water is fairly clear and the only problem I've met since running it was a slightly-raised level of nitrate.
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the raised nitrate after adding the pump is more then likely from the gunk and debris that has been trapped behind rocks on in the nooks of the rocks that has come out. if thats the case this is good.

you didnt mention a damsel earlier and these fish when fully grown can be problematic. you may find that hard to believe for being such a small fish but they are pretty bad. ive seen one going after triggers and nipping off fins of tangs. its prob. fine now, but once it establishes territory and grows, good luck lol and even more luck trying to get it out. thats the thing with saltwater tanks its def. not as easy to net a fish as it is with a freshwater tank. fish traps sometimes work, but not always.

i dont know your skimmer brand but your filtration setup sounds good to me.
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post #14 of 14 Old 01-26-2012, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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Really?!! That was my initial test fish. I even couldn't find its type. I didn't think it cause any problem!
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