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Old 02-15-2007, 11:24 PM   #11
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Well first off, I would like to thank everybody for their opinions on this. I did not expect so much feedback but I am not complaining.

I might go the route of 1 clown and a pair of gobies such as MT79 suggested. I will probably get a couple of Astrea snails as well.

And tec I have completed my cycle thanks to everybody on here. I started getting readings on Nitrates a couple of days ago as well as 0 readings for Ammonia and Nitrite. My tank is 1 month and a week old now and I will probably begin to add these fish slowly one at a time starting soon.

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Awesome, I can't wait to see some pics!

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Old 02-16-2007, 04:05 PM   #13
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Yeah I hope everything goes well. I have been reading IcEnvy's thread and it kind of scares me. I also have a bio-wheel on my tank (a Penguin 150 rated for aquariums up to 30 Gallons) and have been wondering if I should use the Penguin 350 that I have in my closet. The 350 is rated for up to 75G tanks and I think that would be too much filtration or am I wrong? I don't want to have any problems with nitrates and my bio-wheel but I don't know what to do. I was thinking I could just transfer the filter and use the same cartridges I got in my 150 and put them in the 350 but I don't know I need some more experienced opinions on that.
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I wouldn't put a huge Penguin biowheel in there. Number one... if you have enough live rock to start with (in your case 22-30 lbs) that will take care of all of your bacterial filtration needs. Number two... with that large of Penguin, it's going to be putting a large amount of flow back into your tank at the surface. You're going to want some subsurface flow too (underwater powerheads) and by the time you add that I *think* you're going to have too much flow whipping around that little tank. (I know... some folks will say you can never have too much flow, but I did to start with! Poor little clown was getting knocked around all over!)

Most folks here will probably tell you to ditch the biowheel all together. Personally, I wouldn't be too quick to chuck it up front - give it a try and see what happens. I've got the smallest Biowheel there is (the 100) on my 46gallon, just for something to move to a QT tank for a quick transfer of biological filtration. I run the 100 on my quarantine tank, which is only 10 gallons, and it provides a good amount of flow and is my sole source of biological filtration. Water changes - with good water - will reduce nitrates, and your live rock will take care of the ammonia/nitrites.

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