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Old 01-27-2005, 07:47 PM   #1
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Konichiwa!
I want to set-up a 24 gallon reef tank.I have most things planned out but I son'y have some.I don't know what type of filtration to use for the tank. I hear alot on marineland bio-wheels and they are good. But then I have also read that they are nitrate traps. I also don't know how much LR ans LS.I don't want too much or too little. I inted to use VHO lighting since I plan to have anemones and corals. I have my fish and coral species ready. Also I don't know what I should use to heat the tank. If there is anything missing please tell me what I need.Arigato Everyone!!
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Old 01-27-2005, 08:23 PM   #2
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If you have a really good skimmer and about 1 1/2 pounds of live rock per gallon, you will have all the filtration you need. Probably a 100w or 150w heater will do fine also. Don't forget about the clean up crew (snails and hermit crabs and stars and etc) Definitely do not get the bio wheel if you do go with an external filter.
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Old 01-27-2005, 10:08 PM   #3
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Yeah I have all the invertebrate species(this has been planned for awhile now). I did some research and I want to either aquaclear,cascade or Mellenium models.HOB fiters. And I will use the 1 1/2 of live rock per gallon. But how many inches do you think I should have. I will have sandsifting stars and I think they need a deep sand-bed...is this true?Also how many pounds of LR is 1 1/2 pounds per gallon.Sorry .Also I want to use a SeaClone 100 protein skimmer if there is anything wrong with this brand, please notify me.
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Old 01-28-2005, 11:05 AM   #4
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If you have the 1.5lbs per gallon you wont need any HOB. You should have a dsb of 4-6 inches if you want it to help in the denitrification process. You should use 36 to 48 lbs of rock in the 24 gal tank.

I use the seaclone and dont have any problems. Many here dont like it though.
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Old 01-28-2005, 06:09 PM   #5
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Please accept my apologies RMPD109 and electricat, I don't really inted to rely on biological filtration alone . I know it is needed for a good marine tank but, I want to use mechanical filtration too. So if you guys don't hate me you could please give me the "regular" LR/LS amount.S
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I used 1lb per gallon and am using a skimmer and HOT magnum canister filter on my 29 gallon tank. I also have a 4 inch sandbed. Any mechanical filter will need to be checked regularly as detritus will build up and lead to nitrate problems.
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2 O. Clowns
1 peppermint shrimp, 5 red leg hermit crabs,
4 mexican turbo snails, 15 nassarius snails
ricordea mushroom, candy cane coral,
super color polyps, hairy mushrooms
bubble coral, hawiian feather duster
coralife lunar 2x65, HOT magnum canister
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Well I checked the caculators today and my answer was 62 lbs. of live sand to get a 3 inch sand bed. Is this correct or did I imput the information wrong. I intend to have 48 lbs. of live rock. Also I want to have an refugium which is about 2 gallons of water, how much live rock/live sand should I have in there?
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Hi,
What are the basic addictives you need for fish/inverts/algae and coral. Out there there are all these weird supplement I don't understand. I will have a protein skimmer, brand: SeaClone. I heard skimmers take away good and bad stuff in the water. So what supplements do I need for a healthy beautiful reef tank?
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Old 02-05-2005, 03:04 AM   #9
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I use the seaclone and dont have any problems. Many here dont like it though
Believe it or not, I am still using the Seaclone in my sump and it works better than HOB option. It was nice that it came with a conversion piece. I'm holding out on the new skimmer until I get my new tank.

Kiseki - Filtration is a preference. If you want to use mechanical filtration that is fine. Just remember that you will need to clean it often as it can build up Nitrates and clog from waste.
As far as corals, lr filtration would be better as the water quality needs to be higher than a FO system.
You will definitely want a skimmer.
A 3 -4" sandbed would be fine.
No real supplementation is needed, except for maybe calcium on a monitored basis. Good luck.

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Old 02-05-2005, 01:06 PM   #10
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On the internet I found these:
Kent Marine Brand:
Calcium
Iodine
Coral Accel
Micro Vert
Reef Vital
Coral Vite
ChromaMax
Iron
Strontium and Molybdenum
Lugol’s Solution
Other Brands:
Selcon
Garlic Extreme
Bio-Safe
Instant Ocean: Reef Crystals
Bio-Plankton
Marine Essential Elements
The descriptions on the internet said they are vital for reef tank. But I don't really know if all of them are so please tell me.
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