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Old 10-14-2012, 01:02 PM   #1
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Good filters with little weekly maintenance

I have a 55G saltwater tank with 2 clownfish, blue tang, yellow tang, blue green chromis, domino damsels, snails nd a hermit. I have live rock and argonite for my base. I currently have one fluval 305 canister, Im not sure i like it too much....i feel like its constanly drity. Any ideas for a proper filter and media for the filter? I want my water to be crystal clear!!
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Old 10-14-2012, 01:14 PM   #2
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A sump/refugium, filter sock, and protein skimmer would help keep the water cleaner/clearer if you're willing to set up one. I just toss my chaeto every once in a while, clean out the protein skimmer every 4-7 days, and wash the filter sock once a week. Most things are going to take weekly maintenance. How often do you do water changes b/c the will definitely help in keeping the tank in great condition.
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Old 10-14-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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Welcome to AA obscure pretty much nailed it.. canisters will require a lot more cleaning then a properly set up sump which will do a better job imo anyways.
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Canisters work but like the others mentioned there's no getting around cleaning them. I also prefer the sump method.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:03 PM   #5
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Agreed. Canister filters are barely useful for fish only systems in my opinion. A sump with attachments as mentioned is far superior, but will require some maintenance as well. But far more capable .
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But if you dont have a sump should a canister be run with the hob skimmer? Is liverock and skimmer enough filtration?
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:54 PM   #7
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You can definitely use the canister for mechanical and chemical filtration. You could also just run it occasionally, like one week out of the month as long as you have plenty of live rock for biological filtration in the tank. That would basically make it a polishing filter to keep the water from yellowing (with carbon) or take out sediment after water changes. Some people run them for a day after a water change then clean em. It's an old school method and still a lot of work. Not worth it IMO.
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Those tangs will cause problems in a 55 and no filter will be able to clear that up imo.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:15 PM   #9
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filter media

so by cleaning your filter you mean to change the media once a week? That could get expensive...any good setups as far as combinations for media in my filter?
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Is one canister filter and a protein skimmer sufficent for a 55 gallon sw tank?
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