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Old 08-30-2009, 04:13 PM   #41
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so if i had a skimmer i wouldnt have to do pwc as offtern?
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Old 08-30-2009, 04:15 PM   #42
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no. you sstill would need to do them as often. the skimmer doesnt remove ALL the things that a PWC does
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ok. so if i done pwc every week or so i wouldnt need a filter?
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well, yeah. but its easier to at least have a HOB filter for Mechanical filtration. gets all the gunk out of the water
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ok ill look tomorro at my lfs thanks a bunch fishmonkey.also one thing my book says that i need to check the ph and the alkalinity? ive got a test kit but i dont think it has this!
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get a master test kit for saltwater. that should will have everything
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I would advise against the HOB. It will become a huge nitrate problem down the road and is more hassel than it's worth IMO. Live rock is all the filtration needed. I agree with fishmonkey, no skimmer needed.
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but thom, you need SOME kind of mechanical filtration via a filter. and if you replaced the carbon with live rock rubble, it should be fine.
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but thom, you need SOME kind of mechanical filtration via a filter. and if you replaced the carbon with live rock rubble, it should be fine.
No mechanical needed. The cuc (clean up crew) will eat all the waste and other things that would have been removed by mechanical filtration. Live rock in an HOB provides biological filtration and not mechanical.
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oh yeah, i forgort about the CUC.
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