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Old 02-15-2011, 10:55 AM   #11
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Also, can anyone suggest what to put in the hob refugium?
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I would put a little live rock rubble for worms and pods to make a home in and some macro algae.
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you can keep it, just clean it out regularly. i would clean it weekly.
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Old 02-15-2011, 12:29 PM   #14
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@trackfast-- the Lfs said that canister filters are bad for saltwater and without a wet/dry , sump or refugium this will happen again.
I really don't know if that's true
That's not true.
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@trackfast. So I guess I'll keep the canister filter then. Another question that I have is that should I replace any of the filter media? Right now I have substrate and 2 bags of carbon in the 3 compartments of the canister.
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I don't think you have to throw out the media, it still might have some beneficial bacteria in it. I don't run carbon regularly; I would use LR rubble or bio balls in the canister and filter media (floss/pads). What kind of substrate do you have in the canister?
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The substrate that came with the canister. It's a cylindrical shaped substrates.
I guess I'll add live rock rubble in one of the compartments.
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Okay. That's not "substrate"; that is filter media used to harbor good bacteria in your filter. It's probably ceramic cylinders or rings, right? "Substrate" is the word for gravel, sand , crushed coral, etc.
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Hey guys. After a bit of research I think the CPR backpak 2 skimmer looks like a good option. I'm thinking of ordering tonight. my question is will it be sufficient for a 90 gallon tank (which I plan to upgrade in a years time). A couple of things.. I'm noticing a bit of reddish slime developing on the glass developing. Should I clean this off or wait for it to disappear ??
Secondly my water level seems to be dropping . I thing this is due to the lights. Is it normal?? I have the lighting on for about 7-9 hours a day. Any suggestions ?? Thanks guys
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What kind of lighting? Some evaporation is certainly going to happen at a rate that has a lot of variables.
What is the water quality?
What is the temperature and does it swing? Probably not as important as the first two.

In my experience this is caused by a combination of organics available and lighting that isn't strong enough.
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