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Old 02-16-2009, 02:39 PM   #1
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Is there such thing as to much filtration?

I'm new to salt water aquariums, and I'm in the process of buying a variety of stuff of eBay (a bad habit of mine), including filtration equipment.

So far I have my eye on a protien skimmer, UV steralizer, and RO system; all of which are for tanks larger than the 110gal tank I'm looking at.

Is there a problem with OVER cleaning the water? Is there nutrients that I might be cleaning out of the water that I shouldn't?

I went by my local Big Als, and the kids in there were not very helpful.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-16-2009, 02:49 PM   #2
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With what you mentioned will be great.
Most all of your "nutrients" come from your salt mix.
Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 02-16-2009, 03:06 PM   #3
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This is the system I'm looking at, thoughts?

200 Gallon Aquarium Sump Refugium wet dry filter bioNEW - eBay (item 180329335432 end time Feb-22-09 19:15:12 PST)

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IMO most manufactures over rate their equipment. Just like the mileage sticker on a new car. I would recommend getting one size larger than recommend on your skimmer and filter. There is a point where larger is not always better. Like a skimmer for a 500 gal system will use more power with little or no benefit.

For a RO unit any size will work if you have don't mind waiting for your water. Do get the DI unit with it.

As for ebay watch out for cheap knock offs. I normally would not mention any names but it would be an Odyssey if they lived up to your expectations.
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As for ebay watch out for cheap knock offs. I normally would not mention any names but it would be an Odyssey if they lived up to your expectations.
Ditto on that. I see by the listing you posted that it includes a "top of the line" protein skimmer. Wow... it's so "top of the line" that they can't name names! With lighting and skimmers, I always say you get what you pay for. Getting no-name/knockoff products in those areas usually means you'll be rebuying it again in 6-12 months. If saving money is the thing, then I'd look for good quality used stuff instead.
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As far as filtration I would just get LR and a skimmer. That`s all you really need. I agree with what everyone else says.
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What does LR stand for?
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Old 03-07-2009, 01:51 AM   #9
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LR = Live Rock. The UV isn't necessary. I would opt for a sump system with anything over 75g. The most popular skimmers on the medium to high-end market these days are: Octopus, Bubble King, Bubble Master, Vertex, and ATI.
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