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Old 05-12-2012, 10:46 PM   #1
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can you run a salt water tank with just a canister filter?

I have a 55 galon tank with a rena filstar canister filter. Haven't had the best of luck with fish on my second batch and only 2 left. Tank has been running for 3 months. I have a few corals they are all doing good.

My question is can I run the tank ith just a canister filter. Should I be cleaning filter out weekly when I do my 4 gallon water changes?

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Old 05-12-2012, 10:51 PM   #2
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Yes you should be cleaning it out. As long as params are good you can run any filter.
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yup clean it once a week or so ....i did it for 5 months before moving to sump
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What about a protein skimmer? And uv sterilizer? Trying to figure out why my fish are dying?

What do I need to do to clean the filter?

Why did you move to a sump?
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:18 PM   #5
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What about a protein skimmer? And uv sterilizer? Trying to figure out why my fish are dying?

What do I need to do to clean the filter?

Why did you move to a sump?
Yup I run a skimmer as well and check your water ..are you using rodi water ?? And what are your parameters ....I moved to sump bc it's better and gives you many benefits
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What about a protein skimmer? And uv sterilizer? Trying to figure out why my fish are dying?

What do I need to do to clean the filter?

Why did you move to a sump?
A sump adds more water so when your parameters moves it makes the changes less to your whole system
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:24 PM   #7
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Yup I run a skimmer as well and check your water ..are you using rodi water ?? And what are your parameters ....I moved to sump bc it's better and gives you many benefits
Yes , I used premixed salt rodi water from lfs and use the rodi water for top off.

Any inexpensive skimmer you can reccommend?
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How bigs your tank
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55 but want it to be able to work on a 75 or 90 as I would like to upgrade in the future
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:59 PM   #10
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55 but want it to be able to work on a 75 or 90 as I would like to upgrade in the future
You can go with an eshopps or other skimmers check out bulkreefsupply.com or just google skimmer and read the reviews very helpful
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