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Old 12-28-2006, 10:02 PM   #51
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I'm still not sure if I want to go the ph route. I put up a post on my ph dilema. "To powerhead or not to powerhead". Check it out and let me know what you think.
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Old 12-28-2006, 10:03 PM   #52
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I havebeen told that between the skimmer and the LR, that will be adequate filtration. I am, however, leary of going filterless. Why not use a biowhell?? Is that because of possible nitrate build-up?
I agree with skimmer and LR is all you need for most marine systems. That plus a refugium is all I have on my reef tank. I went with filter because I was told the skimmer will give off micro bubbles that will end up harming the Sh. I also agree about the LR rubble in the filter but I would skip the wheel as they are considered nitrate factories. Good Luck on your tank.
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I'm goin to nix the wheel. Thanx. I read something somewhere about using the filter box as a mini fuge. Was that somewhere in this thread?
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Doing that will be OK unless you need to run carbon for some reason.
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So, how would I go about it? Take the carbon out, take the wheel off, stick rubble in the box, and then what?
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I would go with the cover for the heater. Having it directly in the tank will be a better source of heat. There's a bunch of LR in front of it, which will make it hard for the ponies to get back there.
Not entirely true placing it in the filter has water movement around it constantly . You would be surprised where they can hitch their little tails at. Just because it is plastic doesnt mean they cant get burned they can still hitch on and get burned . As for the biowheel loose it it is a nitrAte factory and horses are sensitive to that . The question of skimmers is still debated but I did not use one water changes are more efficent at removing TDS and such than any skimmer. Skimmers sometimes put out micro bubbles that cause a problem on horses ... that being said read read and read as horses are a bit more difficult than just plain salt water fish .
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Thanx for the tip Sadie. I decided to nix the wheel. I plan on having some soft corals in there, so I was told the skimmer is necessary. Can you check out my post, "To powerhead or not to powerhead", and tell me what you think? It's in the nano section. I'd appreciate it. Are you the one that said something about using the HOB as a mini fuge? If so, how do I go about it?
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as horses are a bit more difficult than just plain salt water fish .
This what I`m afraid of. I want to do everything right.
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I got pics of my new tank! Hooray!!!! There's also some close up shots of my brand new LR in my gallery. Check em out!!
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While most people don't usually have mechanical filtration on saltwater tanks, I really recommend it for any tank. I have a canister filter on my 30 gallon- a lot of output but the macro, rocks, and depth of the tank kind of absorb its effects. Most CB horses eat mainly frozen foods, and it degrades water quality a lot faster than flake food does. I have 3 filter pads, a bio pad, and bio filter rings in my rena xp1.


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