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Old 01-13-2014, 10:55 PM   #11
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I personally would have gone skimmer first too... but considering theres barely a fish in there.... might as well set up the LR and get them all in place for homes and biofiltration rather than adding LR after and scare the crap out of the stock . Then add about 2-3 fish slowly... check the parameters regularly to make sure the current filtration can handle that bioload and then save up and look into a skimmer... then look into other fish.
I could see adding a few fish very slowly as not causing any problems, id personally hate to see someone fully stock a tank before getting the filtration sorted out.
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I could see adding a few fish very slowly as not causing any problems, id personally hate to see someone fully stock a tank before getting the filtration sorted out.
Completely agree... fully stocked tank with an average filtration is a bad idea lol.
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So let's say I add some more LR and pick up a skimmer. Do you still think I need to run both Marinelife Penguin 350s or can I drop back to one?
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Up to you. Are you using a power head for water movement in the tank?
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No powerhead at the moment, just using the both Penguin 350s for movement.
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I would add a power head to blow the water across your rock work. I like to do 2 smaller ones on opposite sides but that's probably not necessary for a fowlr, but you need one to allow the bb on the LR to do its job.
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If you've got it.... might as well use it but just be sure you clean them up now and again... ive heard those biowheels hide bad stuff in the filter and cause lovely nitrate spikes
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Yeah that's true if your just using them for water movement run them with no media in them
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If I did two powerheads on opposite sides do I just point them down a little instead of at the surface?
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:00 AM   #20
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rather looking into powerheads.... maybe look into wavemakers... bout the same price but theyre meant for water movement.

My tank is about 20" deep and I have the wavemakers more to the top of the tank and had no issues
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