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Old 12-02-2004, 04:33 PM   #11
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As I learn more about setting up a saltwater aquarium, one item that folks here on the forum agree on is to remove the bio balls. In the last two weeks I’ve gong to a bunch of aquarium stores and 90% of them have bio balls in their wet/drys. Out of curiosity, why don’t they remove the bio balls and place live rock?

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Old 12-02-2004, 05:16 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Phyl
Out of curiosity, what made you decide to go with a canister filter?
I assume that question was for me?

Two reasons:

a. I didn't have built in overflows on my tank and the thought of living in an apartment and having to put my trust in an overflow box just scared me.

b. I knew I would be intentionally overstocking my small tank and I wanted to have the highest amount of filtration possible.

so far so good. my parameters have been perfect for months with no change.

Also, I wasn't attacking your decision to buy a wet/dry filter. Hindsight is 20/20. I was just saying to legends92 that there is no reason to buy one.

Hardware: 37 gallon SW tank and stand by Oceanic Systems, Magnum 350 Pro Canister Filter (half carbon), CPR Bak Pak 2R skimmer, Maxijet 1200 Powerhead, RenaCal 150 W heater, Compact fluorescent lights with moonlights. 40 lbs of liverock, 3" sand bed.

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Old 12-02-2004, 06:40 PM   #13
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I'm in the process of researching some equipment for a 125 gallon tank. I have no experience in saltwater at all, but I was looking at pretty much the same filter as legends92.

The filter I was interested in is a Pro Clear Aquatics 200. (I think Pro Clear Aquatics and Aqua Clear Aquatics are basically the same company, I think I remember reading somewhere they changed the name of the company). It doesnt come with a pump but it does have a built-in skimmer. It goes for $260 from the same ebay seller store, ebea sellers world, as the one you're interested in. Then I was probably going with a mag12 pump for $90 from another ebay seller, instead of the 950 your's comes with. So for $350 you get basically the same thing, except a built-in skimmer and a larger pump for $50 more than what your's goes for!

I think I'm in the same boat you are, I dont want to build my own filter, I already have to build a stand, not to mention put in new flooring before that! So I was wondering also if this filter is any good. I did some searching and from what i can tell, it's seems to be pretty good. Here's a link to another thread on similar filters:


and another one from another board:

So it might not be the ideal solution, but at this point I'm fairly confident it'll be alright as long as what you and I now know, to replace the bio-balls with liverock.[/url]

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