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Old 08-24-2014, 11:10 AM   #1
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Need opinions please...

Looking to make a change to my 40 breeder, softy/LPS tank.

I'm running a Reef octo BH2000 in conjunction with an AC70 that has Matrix, GFO, and PhosGard stacked in the media tray.

I'm looking to simplify a bit, and nix the chemical phosphate removal in the AC70, as well as remove the BH2000 because it barely pulls anything out anyways due to a small bioload.

I'd like to remove the skimmer and filter, and add a CPR HOB refugium, that holds almost 5 gallons of water. My main question here is would I be able to have comparable phosphate and nitrate reduction with the use of macroalgae in the fuge? It seems like a more natural way to me as well, and also less maintenance... Plus would be pod breeding heaven and I may be able to add a mandarin down the line... Hopefully.


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Old 08-24-2014, 02:56 PM   #2
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No a fuge that small will not do anything close to your current filtration set up. Fuges really need to be pretty big to have a substantial impact on nutrient removal IMHO.
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Old 08-24-2014, 05:24 PM   #3
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Thank you... Again. That being said, I'm considering scrapping the HOB and setting up a dual reactor under the tank and feed it with a MaxiJet. I can run GFO in one, and carbon in the other. Thoughts on that bigreds?


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You setting up a sump? I'd still rather have a skimmer than a carbon reactor, the gfo is very efficient so make sure you have an accurate phosphate test so you don't strip the system bare. Just my $.02 though, if your dead set on getting rid of the hob then do it, it sounds like you've stocked responsibly and that should keep your nitrates in check with wc's.
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No sump. Going to keep the skimmer for DOC's. Considering the reactor to replace the HOB filter...


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Yeah sounds like a good plan then
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Cool. You know of a smaller profile pump than a MaxiJet?


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Never used the maxi jet but you should be able to find something on bulkreefsupply, they give the physical specs of all their products so I'd start there
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Skip the dual reactor and go for single reactors. The one thing I wish I would have done. I just can't get the flow right for my GFO in the dual reactor.
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Purchase confirmed... Single reactor, and all the plumbing to route it below my tank (no sump)... Here's to a clean install!


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