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Old 06-25-2015, 02:15 PM   #1
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Confused about Filtration

Hello all, I'm new new new and want to start a reef tank. I've been doing research on Filtration but still very confused. I have a 90 gal tank and will have live sand, not sure how much I need, and 90 lbs or more of live rock. I can't do a sump, and I'm not really sure what I should do. Skimmer? Carbon? I guess I could do a hob sump, but heard they aren't good. I just need help. Thanks in advance

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You can use a HOB overflow to set up a sump. I love the CPR overflows. That can open up the world when it comes to utilizing a skimmer and other types of filtration.
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Cool, thanks

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Old 06-26-2015, 01:39 AM   #4
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HOB Sump isn't going to be big enough for your needs, not nearly enough.
go with a Skimmer HOB thats good for 180g tank, that with your 90lbs+ of LR will be more than enough filtration for you.
You can run carbon in a HOB filter once in awhile if you wish, I haven't run carbon in my system in years. No need really, once you've gotten the system off the ground.
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That's what I was afraid of. I saw a HOB filter/sump/Skimmer advertised for up to a 150 gal but the total gal cycle was like 500gph. Not enough, right?

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[QUOTE=jah4good;3240226]That's what I was afraid of. I saw a HOB filter/sump/Skimmer advertised for up to a 150 gal but the total gal cycle was like 500gph. Not enough, right?


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Old 06-26-2015, 11:31 AM   #7
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You can't go by the gph on a skimmer. You are totally looking at different aspects of a skimmer to determine how good it is.
HOB are a tough on to get a good one to begin with, but the ones listed would help you well.
If you were going with a sump, that would expand our list quite a bit, then we could get into bubble plates, cones and L/H Air Intake
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Ok, I'll go with one of the skimmers you suggested. How accurate is the rating of "quiet operation"? I have heard they are quite noisy.

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Skimmers are skimmers. They take in air and its gets chopped up by an impellar, not many are very quiet.
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Good to know. Thanks for all you're help!

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