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Old 07-24-2010, 01:47 PM   #1
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Do I really need a filter?

Hello, I'm sure this must be somewhere on the forums but i didn't see it. I have a 60g tank with about 55 lbs of live rock. I have an old marineland HOB biofilter but now with the metal halides hanging from above, the filter is an eyesore. not really an eyesore but everything looks so smooth looking. I have a sump that cannot accommodate the filter but the sump does include a protein skimmer and bio-balls. I removed the cartridge in the filter and it was clean as new but full of amphipods. I think i disturbed their home. can I do without the filter?
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Old 07-24-2010, 02:27 PM   #2
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How large is the sump? I would say you're fine without the filter. Although it wouldn't hurt to keep around as a place for your pods to live. Sort of like a tiny refugium.
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Most people on this forum don't use a filter.

Infact, using a HOB and bio-balls, I would be concerned about nitrate problems.

For mechanical filtration, I simply use a filter sock which gets switched out and cleaned once a week killing all beneficial bacteria. The live rock I have takes care of the nitrifying bacteria though, thus it is my biological filtration. I don't use chemical filtration unless there is a need.

I would dump the HOB and if your nitrates start getting high, might want to do away with the bio-balls as well.
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might want to do away with the bio-balls as well.
and replace them with live rock if you can lol
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Thank you, I always thought you needed a filter but never really researched it. I did away with the hob and am watching for any fluctuations.
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