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Old 01-10-2004, 08:46 PM   #11
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I would increase the amount of LR to at least 1.5 lbs per gallon. I would not use any additional mechanical or biological filtration. Your LR will handle the biofiltration and, if you have at least 4" or so of sugar sized sand, the sandbed will keep nitrates in control. The problem with additional mech/biofiltration is that it tends to produce lots of nitrates. As mentioned before, the cleanup critters in your tank will handle the extra food and other waste. You'll want a good mix of snails for sure. Hermit crabs, although entertaining, are not necessary. If you do decide to use hermits, and I have them in my tanks, you'll want to stick with species that are relatively reef safe such as the scarlets and blue legs. You can do it all with snails though.
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Old 01-10-2004, 11:35 PM   #12
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So, if I wanted to do a FOWLR tank instead of a Reef tank, how would that change things up?

I'm a little fuzzy on all of the filtration methods. I guess you only begin to use mechanical filters if you dont think your LR can bear the burden ?
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It seems like you are on the right path with reading everything first. I would like to add one thing, you may want to considered water quality and invest in a RO filter. This will save you the headaches of having diatoms blooms in your aquarium.

Good Luck!!!!!!!
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if you want REALLY good material to read....pick up "The New Marine Aquarium" by Micheal S. Paletta. REALLY good book. Helped me through my first marine aquarium. DONT BUY A TANK UNTIL YOU HAVE TONNES OF KNOWLEDGE. IN AQUARIUM KEEPING.....KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!!!

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