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Old 12-05-2013, 01:55 PM   #11
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Not that I can tell? Im not sure what large particulate is though? I'll have slight cloud in the tank after a water change but it's gone in a hour or so...
Yea I kinda made that up as I was typing. Sometimes if I'm not running a hob filter I get little specs floating around the column...
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Old 12-05-2013, 02:04 PM   #12
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This is a 40b with no sump , Hob packed with cheatoe , Hob skimmer , I also run 2 power heads 1 450 and 1 750 , I also enjoy the macro's in the display brings a more natural look
My stock is 10 fish
if you don't feed you shouldn't have any particles floating around
and I never have any cloudiness even after water changes as I add water slowly not to stir up sand
if water level gets low I see air bubbles but adding water corrects it



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Old 12-05-2013, 07:12 PM   #13
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If you do t care about appearance, to add filtration and stop micro bubbles I put cheap panty hose on all of my return lines. Works as long as you change them out. And at 33 cents for a pair it isn't a budget stretch.
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:16 PM   #14
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I guess my biggest question is will nitrate and phosphate reduction be effective with water changes only, and no fuge/chaeto/mechanical... From research and posts here it's looking very possible.
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Yes, live rock is a natural nitrate reducer. Deep sand beds are as well. Bacteria in the low oxygen zones deep in the rock and sand will accomplish this. I would be a little concerned with a large bio load though. What do you mean exactly when you say "heavily stocked"?
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Yes, live rock is a natural nitrate reducer. Deep sand beds are as well. Bacteria in the low oxygen zones deep in the rock and sand will accomplish this. I would be a little concerned with a large bio load though. What do you mean exactly when you say "heavily stocked"?
Well, maybe not "heavily", but probably close to max.

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I'd say its heavily stocked. That's more than I have in my 55.
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Most of them are pretty small though. The LMB is the only fish that will reach 5" or so. I would say yes, it can be accomplished.
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Yeah the tiger goby is probably three quarters of an inch long already fully grown maybe an inch and the clown goby is probably about an inch and a half
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Feed reasonably. You'll be fine.
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