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Old 08-08-2012, 10:08 PM   #1
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Question about filtration

Ok I got a 55 gallon almost cycled I have a 20 gallon tank no media pad with live rock in it No light. I also have a aqua top 500 with a uv 9 watt. I need some advice on what I need to do. Get rid of canister or what.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:12 PM   #2
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Ok I got a 55 gallon almost cycled I have a 20 gallon tank no media pad with live rock in it No light. I also have a aqua top 500 with a uv 9 watt. I need some advice on what I need to do. Get rid of canister or what.
? little confused as to what the question is. I mean why do you feel something is wrong exactly? and are you talking about the 55g or 20g?
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A tad confused. Are you cycling two tanks? What type of tanks are you setting up? Why do you think you should get rid of your canister?
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I got a 20 as a sump 55 as main and I heard canisters are bad
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:19 PM   #6
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oh ok, well canisters will work but they need maintained regularly in order to prevent them turning into nitrate factories. This means cleaning and replacement of media/pads often. How much live rock do you have? If you have sufficient live rock I suggest a nice size skimmer and possibly a filter sock or two when needed to polish off any larger debris.
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What Schism said. A quality skimmer will be great for you to remove crap out of the water column. He covered the canister part well, they need proper maintenance. I personally run a sump with a reef octopus skimmer, rated for 150 gallons for my 55 reef and 20 long sump.
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30 pounds of live rock
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I got some in my sump too
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30 pounds of live rock

I got some in my sump too
Your probably gonna want a good 20 more lbs. dont worry much about the diatoms. Ugly i know but a good sign.
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