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Old 02-23-2013, 10:50 AM   #11
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Wife just surprised me by getting a koralia wave pump flow rate 425 gph. Lady at the shop told her that is good for a 55 gallon tank, and that only 1 is needed. It looks pretty small and the back it says that it's for a 15-30 gal marine .... Should I return it or can I still use it?
That's a nano pump. The koralia 425, it's weak and not enough at all for a 55. Return it, bad advice from the pet store and your going to want 2 power heads. One at each side of the tank to crate random flow.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:00 AM   #12
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That's a nano pump. The koralia 425, it's weak and not enough at all for a 55. Return it, bad advice from the pet store and your going to want 2 power heads. One at each side of the tank to crate random flow.

Thanks, funny, that's what my wife asked them and they said no, about the 2 heads and how small the head was...hopefully it was just a misunderstanding it's the closest store that we have... Will return today...what's a better buy, a skimmer or the power heads?
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Thanks, funny, that's what my wife asked them and they said no, about the 2 heads and how small the head was...hopefully it was just a misunderstanding it's the closest store that we have... Will return today...what's a better buy, a skimmer or the power heads?
Well... Your gonna need both. You need to flow to maintain pH and to keep everything happy. But in a 55 your gonna want a skimmer as well... I'd say if its a budget issue. Do the power heads and then skimmer.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:21 PM   #14
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Well... Your gonna need both. You need to flow to maintain pH and to keep everything happy. But in a 55 your gonna want a skimmer as well... I'd say if its a budget issue. Do the power heads and then skimmer.
Agreed. In a 55, 2 Koralia 1500's will be good. You won't need a skimmer until you start to stock it, and even with a light bioload a skimmer won't do too much but will be good to get one on so it can break in.
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Don't add any livestock while you have detectable ammonia or nitrite.
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Thank u all for ur advice ... Every time I think about running to the store and get some live stock u guys knock some sense into me...good to know that this is normal though...I do have a lot of life in the tank that I that came with the live rock I got last week, 1 turbo snail, 2 bristle worms, and a few small shrimps ( well what I think are shrimp)... It's been a week and a half and looks like more life is appearing, is it time for a skimmer yet?
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I would want to leave the dissolved organics in the tank for the bacteria colony to feed on. It's a waiting game now.
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I would want to leave the dissolved organics in the tank for the bacteria colony to feed on. It's a waiting game now.
That's always been my thinking in regards to running a skimmer durin the cycle. It's counterproductive, really. The skimmer pulls out excess organics before they can turn into ammo, nitrites, etc. but during a cycle, you want those things to turn to ammonia. So pulling them out with a skimmer seems to me that will prolong the cycle. Obviously it can be run, but I say wait till the cycle's done.
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Of course if you have a skimmer you can run it with the drain plug in the cup pulled out so the skimmate just runs back into the tank. Just a thought.
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