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Old 12-21-2011, 12:49 AM   #1
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here it is: my no filtration 90 gallon

Tell me what you think. Don't mind the encrusting coralline aglae on the glass. When I bought it you couldn't even see inside of it...but now with the Foxface, I don't spend too much time with my hands in there..which by the way...I love my Foxface. Perfect fish.
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:05 AM   #2
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:11 AM   #3
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The live rock acts as your filtration like it does in most other tanks. That said it looks very good. Sand bed looks very very clean
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:24 AM   #4
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I know nothing about saltwater but your tank is awesome looking!! Very nice!! So you don't need a filter? What about those skimmer things? Sorry, no knowledge of SW but looking into it for my next setup.
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Thank you! As stated above, the live rock acts as a biological filtration media with the bacteria that will grow on all surfaces. This usually accounts for 80-90% of filtration. Skimmers And other filtration media will help keep water quality under control. I just do a few more water changes than usual. Plus I'm happy understocked, while most others want to overstock.
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Thank you! As stated above, the live rock acts as a biological filtration media with the bacteria that will grow on all surfaces. This usually accounts for 80-90% of filtration. Skimmers And other filtration media will help keep water quality under control. I just do a few more water changes than usual. Plus I'm happy understocked, while most others want to overstock.
Well I love your tank! Hopefully soon I will enter the SW zone! Thanks for the explanation also
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Old 12-21-2011, 03:22 AM   #7
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Every tank needs active filtration.

You have mandarin. Does it eat prepared foods? If not, you need a refugium or other source of pods.

The sump adds water volume and give you a place to store unsightly equipment like heaters and skimmers. What about a chiller? Will all this just feed into your display?

Why have you forgone filtration?
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A filter would add surface area to where my benaficial bacteria could grow and take away particles of food or waste. But with a small bioload, my 130+ pounds of rock has enough bacteria to handle my bioload. The ocean doesnt run mechanical filtration, it gets new water constantly running through it so I do 3-4 small water changes a week taking away unwanted chemicals in my water plus 5-7 gallons of fresh top off water a week . I have a perfect CUC to where I never see feces or the like on any surface. I understand what mandarins need to eat and trust me, I do not NEED a fuge. I monitor my pod population closely and he has not even put the slightest dent in it. Both my mandarins waist and my pod population seem to be growing. I know a sump would add volume to my tank, to be honest, I have one...with a skimmer. But my intake and return pump won't run at the same time so I've gone without it. Also I have 7 fish in a 90 gallon tank so I'm fine with my volume. I think the only fish I worry about starvation with is my cleaner wrasse. The little guy has such a high metabolic rate, I'm forced to feed my tank shrimp every day.
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What kind of llights are you using and what brand bulb
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How can u watch the pod population aren't they really small
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