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Old 10-16-2003, 11:07 AM   #1
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ok, if you guys have checked out my other topics you know i'm setting up a 110 gal reef/fish aquarium and i,m building most of the stuff by scratch. I have a lot of questionsand i appreciate everything.

my question is, I'm building a wet-dry filter out of an aquarium. what size aquarium do you recomend for my reef/fish tank? I'm wanting enough space in the sump part to place heaters, skimmer, return pump and possibly a refugium return hose (i'm not to familiar with refugiums, so I'm sure that will be anouther topic i'll ask).

I was thinking of using the trickle system with bio-balls.

don't worry about space under the tank because i'm building the stand also (cost effective you know)

thaks so much with your help and patience

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Old 10-16-2003, 11:16 AM   #2
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Bioballs are not recommended for reef setups. They cause high Nitrate levels. This is normally OK for Fish but invertebrates don't like it. This is all based on what I have read on the board though. I have never kept invertebrates.

I am using bio balls in my FOWLR setup but if I ever get more LR, I will remove them. If this is what you mean by fish/reef than it should be ok though. For a reef set up, most go with enough LR and a DSB to handle the filtration and then add a protein skimmer.
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Old 10-16-2003, 11:25 AM   #3
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so you dont think i need wet-dry?

then just a sump with a good simmer?
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Old 10-16-2003, 11:30 AM   #4
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If you intend to run invers and corals, I would say no. Just a good DSB (4 to 6") and a large fuge/sump. I have a 72g and I have set up a 20g long as fuge. I had lowes cut glass dividers to separate the chambers. The bigger the fuge the better!
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Old 10-16-2003, 11:36 AM   #5
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IF you have enough LR and even better, I DSB, that will be your filtration. A good clean up crew will be needed too
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