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Old 09-01-2004, 09:46 PM   #1
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Filters/Filter media, Protein skimmers

Im starting a new tank and plan on using a canister filter. Which canister filters do you suggest, and what type of media.

What type and company of protein skimmer do you suggest.

P.S it will be a 55 gallon tank, preferably reef w/invertebrates.
P.P.S preferably it collectively should be less than $700 for filter and skimmer.
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Old 09-01-2004, 10:28 PM   #2
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I'd skip a filter...use the money towards ample amounts of live rock...60-100lbs is ideal.

Do you have a sump? sump skimmers are more efficient, but there are good hang on models like the Aqua C. Remora's, and CPR Bak-Pak's.
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You would only need a canister to run GAC. Most folks rely on LR and LS for their biological filtration. Instead spend your money on a great skimmer. The Aqua C Remora seems to get the highest rating. I have a CPR Bakpak which does a pretty good job.
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Thank you alot. I still thik i would need some type of chemical filtration any suggestions?
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Old 09-02-2004, 03:41 PM   #5
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I believe you can put carbon in the optional attachment for the Remora.. someone correct me if I'm mistaken.
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Awsome! Thanks again.
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Old 09-05-2004, 01:11 PM   #7
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I have 2 Fluval 404s and both of them suck air/spit micro bubbles. I also have 3 CPR BackPacks that I really like. HTH ---john
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Good morning all. Just joined the site today after lurking for a while. Hope you don't mind me piggy backing on seafan's topic but I'm starting out as well and really confused on this filtration thing. I am setting up a 135 gal FO tank and currenty have 1 Fluval 404. Was going to get another one today and some LR. The local store tells me that I need at least 2 Fluval 404 and between 70 and 100 lbs of LR. Am I reading here correctly that if I get the LR I don't need the second Fluval? I've just started the cycling process.

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You actually don't really need either Fulval or any other canister for that matter. The LR is definately a plus and the more the better. Since you are starting the tank as primarily FO (now an FOWLR), you most likely have standard lights? If that's the case I would not spend alot of money on LR. Instead, dry base rock that is not in need of any kind of proper lighting would be a much cheaper route. Starting the tank off with dry base rock and the "seeding" it with a few small pieces of LR would be much less costly and accomplish the same filtration goals as all LR would. On a 135 though, I would move your intended amount a bit closer to 150-200 lbs. Check E-bay or >>Hirocks.com<<

Be sure that if you are not going to be using a sump with a strong return for water flow, you spend some money of a few good powerheads for proper circulation. On a 135 gal tank your total GPH should be about 1400 at the low end.


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Thanks a bunch. Not having to get a second canister leaves more money for rocks and powerheads.
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