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Old 08-25-2005, 11:50 AM   #1
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i have my 120 gal tank and a Fluval 404 ready to go. i also have a wet/dry filter with the bio balls and a sponge filter, the return water pump is a quite one pentair 4000. do i keep the filtration separate on inline with each other? Is that possible to have the Fluval feed the wet/dry filter?

should i remove the bio balls and sponge filter? What else am I missing or recommend on installing. i wish to have a saltwater fish and live rock aquarium.

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If you have a wet/dry filter, you don't really need the Fluval 404 unless you want to run carbon in it from time time to polish the water.
I would get some reef rubble and replace the bio balls in the wet/dry system. Over time, bio balls have been known to increase nitrates.
If it's a fowlr your after, then all you need is the wet/dry with reef rubble, a good skimmer, and plenty of lr. Also, make sure you have adequate flow from powerheads etc. Other than that, you should be good to go.

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is reef rubble like bits and pieces of live rock? also do i need to clean the reed rubble in the wet.dry filter? how many power heads for a 75 gallon?

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Reef rubble is just broken off peices of lr. I don't clean mine at all. About once a year I will clean the debris in the sump and thats it.

Power heads will depend on how much flow you want. As a rule of thumb, you will want to shoot for 10x the size of the tank: 3 MJ 1200 powerheads will do the trick for plenty of filtration. Each one is rated at 295 gph. You can get them online for around $21.00 each. They are by far the best ph I have used in the hobby, and many in this forum will agree. HTH

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