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Old 11-02-2004, 02:20 PM   #1
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Which power filter?

I need to know what the appropriate power filter size is to use on a 40G reef tank. It will probably have about 75 lbs of LR and live sand. I was looking at the Marineland Emperor Bio-wheel filters. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 11-02-2004, 02:23 PM   #2
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biowheels aren't ideal for SW. You should be OK with a good skimmer
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biowheels aren't ideal for SW. You should be OK with a good skimmer
How about the Skilter, the power filter with the built in protien skimmer? Would that be a good idea. Also, why are the bio-wheels not good for SW? I have a 29G Eclipse Reef Tank. Should I remove the bio-wheel? Thanks.
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no. they outright suck.

Get a bak pak ($100) or a remora with a maxijet 1200 ($163)

bio wheels increase nitrates. most people remove them
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I have never heard anything good about skilters. As far as the bio wheels they can produce more nitrates than they can get rid of. They are good for freshwater but not salt. An aquaclear 500 would be o'k
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no. they outright suck.

Get a bak pak ($100) or a remora with a maxijet 1200 ($163)

bio wheels increase nitrates. most people remove them
I have a Red Sea Prizm Pro Deluxe. I know that a lot of people don't like them, but mine works great. It pulls some really nasty stuff out of the water. My nitrates are at 0 every time I test them, about once a week. Will the bio-wheel be a problem in time or if I were going to have a problem, would I have it already? Thanks for all the help and I apologize if these are rediculous questions. I am new to the SW reef hobby.
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How long has the tank been running with the biowheels?
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The Prizm Pro might be ok, but the standard Prizm is junk...not even enough for my 40gallon tank that's lightly stocked. I've had so many problems clear up since I upgraded to a CPR.
Since the Pro works the same way, I think you'd be surprised how much MORE skimmate you can get out with a CPR or Remora.
However, the only skimmer worse than a Prism are the Skilters.
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How long has the tank been running with the biowheels?
About 6 weeks.
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biowheels aren't ideal for SW. You should be OK with a good skimmer
I have a Penguin 330 dual bio-wheel for my 55gal. Should I remove it?
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