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Old 05-31-2011, 11:14 AM   #51
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You don't NEED a sump, no matter the tank size. Sumps are optional, but they add a ton of benefits such as added water volume, better filtration, a place to add water without disturbing the DT, and a place to hide all of your tools. If you don't think you can do the plumbing, skip it.
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Well can you suggest a good filter for a 72 gallon bow front
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Live rock, a skimmer, and a few powerheads would be good enough. You could also mod an AC 110 into a fuge with LR and macro.
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As for a filter you can have a canister filter or if you can get 2 HOB filters.
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Now is a canister filter one of the fluval things I see in my lfs

I believe that's what it's called
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Yes, Fluval and Rena are a few of the better known brands.

A cannister/HOB is another optional thing. With live rock as your primary source for biological filtration, it practically eliminates the need for any external filtration. The only thing a cannister/HOB would be good for is the mechanical filtration for removing solid objects such as algae and food, or if you need to add carbon, which doesn't happen very often IME. Cannisters and HOB filters can also turn into a nightmare if not maintained properly, creating nitrates like you wouldn't believe.
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How do they do that?
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I ran two gigantic canisters on a 200g tank for 6 months. They were one of the worst ideas i've ever had. We had to keep them SPOTLESS or else the tank went to crap so fast.

I vote HOB if you must have a filter. I ran an emperor on a 46 and it worked perfectly.
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I would vote for a HOB as well. I use a fluval canister on my 55g and to keep 0 nitrates is a pain. You constantly need to be on the upkeep of it. With the size of your tank a HOB would be ideal I think. You have the option of running anything you want if need be and it will collect the particulate matter floating around.
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