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Old 06-23-2014, 11:47 PM   #11
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Every aquarium is different monitoring nutrient levels is really the only way to tell


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Old 06-23-2014, 11:49 PM   #12
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Sweet! I just looked that up on Amazon. I'm thinking I could probably put one of those filter bags and put it in the hob along with the activated carbon cartridge. I'm just hoping I can keep my tank clean via said hob filter ; that's why I was wondering about a skimmer earlier. I've been told that because of the way saltwater is, I should go wet dry or even canister along with a skimmer because my little old hob isn't going to do it!

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Use one of those filter bags*** my typing skills are not on partying at the moment.

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Old 06-23-2014, 11:52 PM   #14
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:53 PM   #15
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A wet dry would defiantly be ideal, and skimmers are great additions, however HOB can work it will just limit you greatly. I would suggest upgrading if you wish to add more.


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Old 06-23-2014, 11:54 PM   #16
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On that note, how are they limited compared to other filters? Thanks for all the advice!

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No problem, well there are many factors that make them less effective, they can generally hold less media, and your very limited of which medias to use. Then out of theses medias they don't utilize them to there full potential by causing water to flow around them, and not through them.


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Old 06-24-2014, 12:13 AM   #18
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So for example in a wet dry or canister you can use many different types of media? Also, if I invest in a protein skimmer, which I most likely will because I want more coral, do I need to keep the hob on there?

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Yeah, you always want to make sure you have strong filtration in all three categories, biological, chemical, and mechanical. After the upgrades are made I wouldn't worry about the HOB it would make a minimal difference and just take up space


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I've experimented with a protein skimmer in my previous ten gallon nano tank. I eventually returned it because the tank was too small. Also because I couldn't get my tank lid back on as it was an in tank model. The one I'm looking at now is also an in tank model, and I'd like to keep my glass top to prevent evaporation, but I wouldn't know how to make it all fit with a skimmer. Problems, problems, problems! Any tips?

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