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Old 11-24-2012, 03:42 PM   #1
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Getting started 40 gal... filtration

Hey every one i wanted to some of your opinions on setting up a 40 gallon saltwater tank.
Well i mainly wanted to help on choosing the best filtration.

For a reef and fish aquarium i want a sump refugium right?

What is the cheepest but most reliable one to buy?

And what protien skimmer should i get that will fit the sump that i buy?

Or is it best to just make a DIY Sump?

I just want to start figuring out what i need.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:45 PM   #2
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For a 40 gallon i wouldnt say you need a sump at all! You could if you wanted too, but i wouldnt say its necassary, neither is a protein skimmer.
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Old 11-24-2012, 03:51 PM   #3
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oh what shall i get for filtration then?
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:03 PM   #4
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I think it depends on what you want to keep in the tank. If your just doing fish and live rock I would think that if you would be ok as long as you stocked lightly. You could look at a hob solution.
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:12 PM   #5
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Im thinking like some coral, clowns, a tang, maybe a snowflake eel. and your talking about a hang on the back right?
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:23 PM   #6
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Yes hang on back. If your running corals and fish then I think a protein skinner will be needed to help with keeping the water clean for the coral. If you don't want to run a sump then a hang on back protein skimmer is your solution
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:44 PM   #7
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ok sweet will i need any other hang on the back stuff like a refugium or another regular filter?
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:52 PM   #8
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You can do a hob filter, just get one rated for at least twice the size of the tank. Aqua clear are good cuz you can modify the contents easily. Also, just as a side note, there is no tang that will live happily in a 40g tank.
You could get a hob skimmer too, but if you do regular PWCs and feed lightly, it's probably not necessary. Good luck!!
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:57 PM   #9
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but but tangs are awesome ok thanks for the info. is there anything else i should get, im not really sure. what about an ro/di unit? shall i get one?
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:52 PM   #10
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You should get a RO unit at some point. Whether it needs to be sooner rather than later depends on if you have a LFS that sells RODI water and your finances. I dont have one yet, but I have 2 LFS that sell it for under 0.40/gal. So i buy buckets of it every week, but that's obviously not the most ideal situation.
Sorry about the tangs- they are awesome, I agree. I don't have one either cuz my biggest tank is a 55g and most tangs need at least a 6' tank. Tangs are very prone to ich, so if they're not happy, they can get ich and wipe out your whole tank. Not worth it, there are lots of other beautiful fish that will work in a 40g.
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