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Old 10-14-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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Can it be done

Hello. I have been looking in to saltwater tanks for a while know. Like with everything I have done quite a bit of research.

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Is it common for some people to run a FOWLR tank using only power heads and biological filtration? And a heater obviously. I know that people use sumps, protein skimmers, refugiums (spelling unsure) carbon reactors etc to enhance water quality. But is it possible to run a saltwater with a couple of clowns on just using power heads and bio filtration?
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:08 PM   #2
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Yes but you must also do water changes.
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:11 PM   #3
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Yes I would use RO water.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:13 PM   #4
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Yup. I've had several tanks without skimmers or sumps. You will need to do water changes more frequently than with a skimmer as part of the system.
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Ok thanks. I'm not saying I won't be using one but was just asking the question if people do it. I would like to run a sump but it looks like a lot of extra work I just don't have the time for atm.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:47 AM   #6
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Once a sump is setup and running it actually makes everything really simple. lol I was terrified of the sump idea and was so worried that it would flood or some other major headaches would ensue. Now, several years later I realize how great they actually are. Nice place for added water volume which is an excellent thing, place to hide your stuff like heaters and pumps for reactors and a place for the skimmer instead of hanging off the back. Also a good place to place a filter sock and catch particulate matter that may be floating around in the water.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:06 AM   #7
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Thanks Carey. I do understand the benefits of the sump. I think I will wait until I have everything in place before I go saltwater. My house isn't big enough to accommodate say a 60gal + sump.
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Most tanks have enough space under the stand to for a second tank. I am able to fit a 10g under my 20g reef which is absolutely perfect.
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