To take Hara's post a step further, if you can add about 60 lbs or so of LR
to the tank, you will not need the power filter. You could run it without media for circulation if you wished. The LR
will handle your biological filtration. What powerhead do you have? If it's the Zoomed Powersweep, then the oscillating action won't work for long. Been there, done that
. You'll need at least 400 gph
flow in the tank and more would be better. MaxiJet powerheads have pretty much passed the test here and are considered to be the best by many of us. Also, were you planning to have a DSB
? If so, great. If not, it's something you might want to look into. It will help you tremendously in controlling nitrates in the tank. One last thing that I didn't see mentioned...a skimmer. Many tanks are run without skimmers so you don't HAVE to have one. Since you are just starting out, I'd strongly suggest getting a skimmer though. It will help you a lot with keeping your water quality good and it gives you a buffer when you make a mistake. Since you didn't mention whether a sump was planned, I'll assume you aren't going to set one up at first. I like the Aqua C Remora skimmers. SeaClone, Prizm, and Berlin are other good HOB
skimmers. What kind of fish were you thinking about keeping and what kind of lighting system do you have?
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