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Old 02-21-2015, 06:19 PM   #1
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I'm setting up a 10g fowlr and as I read more and more, it sounds like filters are more trouble than good. I'm looking at getting a tetra ex20 filter and just putting some lr rubble in along with carbon and purigen. Do you think this would be beneficial? Thanks
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:34 PM   #2
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Filters are much more good then bad. They are what makes the tank run, due to their housing of benifishel bacteria. If you haven't read up on the nitrogen cycle please do so before you set up this tank . Tetra's power filters are great! I use them on all four of my tanks. Also the ex20 would 've great amount of flow for a 10 gal.
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Tetra's power filters also have a designated area for beneifical bacteria to grow
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Yes I know all about the nitrogen cycle. I have this filter on my two freshwater tanks. It's just I have been reading they can cause too many nitrates in a saltwater tank.
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If you are worried about nitrates then I would suggest going for a canister filter, if you can afford one of course. They can't compare to power filters from a, biological stand point.
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It's alright. I think I am going to go with putting in seachem matrix and purigen and then maybe some live rock rubble. Does anyone know if I can just use dry LR for this?
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You definitely could, all it needs to be able to do is grow benifinal bacterial and rubble offers great surface area for that to happen. Good luck!
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All rock will become live over time. That is why you cycle your tank so there is enough of a bacteria population for the nitrate cycle.
If you follow the pound per gallon rule, you shouldn't need any additional rock in a filter as that will be more than enough to support a properly stocked tank.
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All rock will become live over time. That is why you cycle your tank so there is enough of a bacteria population for the nitrate cycle.
If you follow the pound per gallon rule, you shouldn't need any additional rock in a filter as that will be more than enough to support a properly stocked tank.
So would a hob filter be okay with just purigen and matrix and 10 lbs of live rock in the tank?
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So would a hob filter be okay with just purigen and matrix and 10 lbs of live rock in the tank?

Yes. That's what I ran on my 2 gallon filter with 2 lbs of liverock in the tank itself... Nitrates rise quickly in smaller tanks so the less mechanical filtration to trap uneaten food and the like, the better you are.
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