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Old 04-16-2003, 05:47 PM   #1
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I was told that if you have enough live rock & a thick sand bed then you don't need a filter. Is this true? So how much LR is enough to not need a filter for my 55 gal? I only planned on purchasing 1 - 45 lb box. Would you still need the filter at 1st until the rock was fully cured & then take it out?
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I would not consider that enough rock to handle the bioload of anything but a very lightly stocked 55. Even with a sand bed, I would shoot for 1-1.5lbs per gallon before going filterless. If you do get enough rock that your comfortable going filterless, it will cycle itself, there is no need for the filter.
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ok thanks then maybe I'll plan on upping my amount of LR then.
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So I'm thinking of using 30 lb of baserock & 45 lbs of LR, should that be enough to go w/out the filter? 75 lbs in a 55 gal. ofcourse with 75 lbs or rock I'll probably only be able to fit 45 gal of water in it.
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With a sandbed, I think that would be fine, provided you don't overstock the aquarium.
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provided you don't overstock the aquarium
Those are the most important words in this thread in my view. I like to stock my tanks slowly to give the biofilter a chance to establish and flourish.
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Old 04-16-2003, 07:10 PM   #7
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Oh I will be stocking slowly, I was planning on 1 fish a month should I make it 1 every 2 months?
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I am currently running my 55 with no filtration other than about 85 to 100lbs(don't really know, I add more every 2 weeks) LR with 3in sand. Well, I do use a prefilter sponge in the overflow, however, it doesn't count, because it gets cleaned everyday. I am running a Skimmer but, in another thread, I commented about how I am not getting much out of it, so I am thinking of discontinuing that. Things are going great.
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Tim do you have pics of your tank I can see. I want to see how that much LR looks in the 55. Mainly the room.

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I do, but for some reason, I can't post it..I am getting an error saying no post mode specified.
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