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Old 12-04-2013, 09:23 PM   #1
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40 gallon breeder, with intentions of mainly softies and LPS, medium-heavy fish bioload. I WANTED a HOB fuge for macro and pod breeding. I'm struggling with my AC110 mod, and am considering nixing the idea completely. To the point- can I pull off a nice tank with live rock, and protein skimmer?
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40 gallon breeder, with intentions of mainly softies and LPS, medium-heavy fish bioload. I WANTED a HOB fuge for macro and pod breeding. I'm struggling with my AC110 mod, and am considering nixing the idea completely. To the point- can I pull off a nice tank with live rock, and protein skimmer?
Yes. You can also run carbon, phosguard or Purigen in your AC.
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Yes. You can also run carbon, phosguard or Purigen in your AC.
The plan would be to not have anything else except the skimmer...
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Live rock and a skimmer is called the Berlin Method. Been around a long time and it works fine. Water exchanges will export most of the left over DOC's and you might grow some chaeto in the hob.
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Live rock and a skimmer is called the Berlin Method. Been around a long time and it works fine. Water exchanges will export most of the left over DOC's and you might grow some chaeto in the hob.
And if the HOB didn't exist? Water changes and serious skimming, would these suffice in a successful tank?
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And if the HOB didn't exist? Water changes and serious skimming, would these suffice in a successful tank?
Yes. It can work.
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Old 12-05-2013, 01:35 PM   #7
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Nice. I'm just tired of the bubbles from the HOB and the inconsistent flow patterns it's making as it combats my MP10.
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This is my sumpless 55 with a HOB skimmer and Liverock filtration. I'll let you decide if its a "nice tank"...

I do keep my bioload lowish though. I rarely if ever have more than 5-6 fish.
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This is my sumpless 55 with a HOB skimmer and Liverock filtration. I'll let you decide if its a "nice tank"... I do keep my bioload lowish though. I rarely if ever have more than 5-6 fish.
Do you have large particulate floating around the tank? Or does it settle eventually.? And yes it's a very nice tank thanks for sharing!
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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...
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