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Old 01-23-2013, 06:23 PM   #11
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Plants for a Marine tank? Thought only option was coral?
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:19 PM   #12
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Plants for a Marine tank? Thought only option was coral?
Point was freshwater without plants you don't need a light per say. Saltwater with coral you'll need a light. Was just using an example.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:38 AM   #13
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Okay everybody, I haven't as of yet been able to set up the tank as some other stuff has come up. I am however hoping that I can get the ball rolling here soon. What opinion does anyone have on getting a Fluval Canister filter for my FOWLR tank? Also I'm thinking about using my biowheel HOB (minus the biowheel) for even more filtration. Good Setup or Bad? I will not be purchasing new lighting right away, but in the future might invest in an LED system, would this work for the fish, LR, and maybe some coral down the line?
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When I first started out, I had a HOB filter and a fluval 305 canister filter. For a little while it was awesome, the water was clear everything was great. The thing is with canister filters is that they need to be cleaned at least 1 to 2 times per month. When you do this be prepared to have extra saltwater made to replace the water it removed from your tank. If you don't clean them they become nitrate factories and you don't want that. I have since went with a sump and have my protein skimmer in there. But IMO I think you're best option would be to have the HOB filter and keep the bio wheel. A lot easier to maintain.
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Haha wish I would have read this sooner, cuz I already bought a canister filter. So pretty much what your saying is that I need to be very faithful with pwcs and weekly cleaning of the canister ?
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Weekly water changes maybe I do mine every two weeks. But not for the canister filter. Just clean it once maybe twice a month. Rinse out the media trays remove any build up. And set her back up. It's pretty painless just extra work on An already time consuming hobby. Like I said you will be fine as long as you keep up with it. There shouldn't be any problems.
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If you don't have a huge bio load, and don't over feed to where the filter is sucking A lot of the food up, you will be happy with it.
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Weekly water changes maybe I do mine every two weeks. But not for the canister filter. Just clean it once maybe twice a month. Rinse out the media trays remove any build up. And set her back up. It's pretty painless just extra work on An already time consuming hobby. Like I said you will be fine as long as you keep up with it. There shouldn't be any problems.
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Thankyou guys your advice makes me feel considerably better about my filter setup. It looks as though I'm setting up the sand, LR, and filling up the tank with RO water. Now I'm beginning to think about what fish/invertebrates I want in the tank. I definitely know that I want a pair of clowns and a colorful cleaner shrimp, possibly a peppermint shrimp. Beyond that I don't know maybe a goby or some Benny's . I primarily want a colorful tank though. Any ideas?
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Cleaner shrimp are sweet. It's fun to watch them once your fish get used to them. They set up a little cleaning station and your fish will let the shrimp clean them. Pretty neat. Clowns are always good, a lot of personality. I love my scooter blenny (scooter dragonette) easily one of my favorite tank inhabitants. YouTube a video of them. Make sure that if you get one that it eats pellets or frozen food or both. They sometimes will only eat copepods.
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