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Old 07-31-2013, 03:36 AM   #11
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Starting a 29G SW from supplies from a FW tank. So far I've got the water, sand, salt, a few pounds of rock, and a raw shrimp in there. Using left over equipment just for the cycling process I hooked up your standard, base model FW filter, a regent 10-20G filter and a 5-10G filter. So from what I understand in SW it's all about having a lot of waterfalls (gph) to move across the love rock which pretty much acts as your filter....correct? Will these filter work? Would they be more efficient if I remove the filter cartridge and added a mesh bag of live rock rubble? Or just get a new filter all together? I also seen a skimmer rated at 170 ghp for $22, good buy or don't waste my time? Also is a skimmer necessary for my tank size? Sorry for so many questions but I wanna do this right as its my first SW. Any and all help appreciate, thanks.
The live rock doubles as the filter. There is a TON of surface area on live rock compared to regular rock. This gives plenty of room for aerobic bacteria to thrive which i the normal cycling bacteria in a fresh water tank as well as anaerobic pockets for nitrate consuming bacteria to thrive.

I would HIGHLY suggest the hydor koralia powerheads, they are pretty much the best low price powerheads you can get your hands on for reef tanks. You chould look at 10x the tank volume per hour in a fish only setup with far higher gph in a reef tank.

The standard freshwater filter isn't necessary. The GFO is getting into more advanced reefing with SPS or LPS corals and not needed for a beginner looking to set up a basic tank.

As for the skimmer, I would look at different ones. A standard decent skimmer will cost about $150 for a smaller tank. Also, Buy a skimmer rated for a bigger tank than you have at the moment.
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Also, seeing the posts that happened while I was typing the last one. The standard recommended flow for a tank is 10x-40x per hour. I would lean more towards the 40x than the 10x myself.
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