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Old 05-08-2015, 04:31 PM   #1
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Do you use mechanical filtration?

I use a mix of live rock, skimmer and fuge for my tank but I was wondering if anyone uses any other filters to maintain water quality?


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The simple answer is yes, though it varies from tank to tank depending on the need. On my tank, I have of course the 1 lbs of rock and sand per gallon along with a skimmer, dual media reactor for Purigen and GFO, DIY algae turf scrubber, panty hose along with an actual filter sock and a sponge to assist with catching large pieces.
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I use mechanicals before and in my sumps, but admit I should clean them more often.
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Old 05-08-2015, 10:23 PM   #4
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I use a mechanical filter only because I use a liquid phosphate remover.
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Filter socks before the sumps are extremely important in my system.
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In my opinion it depends on what you keep and how/what you feed.

If you are keeping only/mostly corals, then mechanical filtration isn't really needed and could actually remove food from the system.

If you keep a mixed reef or mainly fish, then the use of mechanical filtration is highly recommended so you can remove excess food and fish waste from the water completely, assuming you clean the mechanical daily, rather than leaving it to breakdown to eventually be nitrate.

also using a quality filter sock can help with things like free floating algae or diatom blooms as it can usually filter those out to a degree.
I also use chemical filtration; Purigen and Chemi-Pure to remove colors, odors, phosphate, metals, etc., etc.

While running a system with only a skimmer, live rock and fuge can and does work, you are operating with a thin margin for error and are rather limited in how much livestock you can house.
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So would it be a good idea to get a reactor with puri gen and gfo?


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Or chemipure?


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I never had a need for it. Reasonably stock and feed and don't worry about it.
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Ok so no need for a bag of carbon in the sump for example?


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