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Old 04-13-2011, 05:12 PM   #1
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Is a trickle filter a Necessity?

I currently run a trickle filter on my tank. I have a 40 gallon tank with about 40 lbs of live rock. I currently run a HOB octopus skimmer as well. Is the trickle filter necessary? All it has is a sponge and a
bunch of bioballs. Would I be fine without it if I got maybe 10 more lbs of live rock?
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Remove the bioballs and replace it with LR rubble. The bioballs will collect waste and cause your nitrates to rise. You could even put a small light over it add some macro an make it a DIY refugium.
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It`s not a necessary item. LR and a skimmer is really all you need. If you could keep the sump area it would be a bonus as added water volume is a good thing.
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Old 04-14-2011, 12:28 AM   #4
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Ok cool thanks guys. I think I'll just fill it with live rock rubble. I might get a little extra live rock too just to be safe. Although turning it into a refugium would be cool...
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Ok cool thanks guys. I think I'll just fill it with live rock rubble. I might get a little extra live rock too just to be safe. Although turning it into a refugium would be cool...
The possibilities are endless lol. I've seen pics of one made into a fuge, can't imagine its a huge difference but its better than nothing. I would put a sponge where the water comes in to slow the flow a little. Eggcrate at the outlet to keep the macro in. A small PC light and you're all set.
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