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Old 05-16-2003, 08:33 PM   #1
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if i wanted to go reef whats the minimum i need?

have a 4 foot tank thats doing nothing whats the minimum equipment wise that i would need for setup
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Old 05-16-2003, 08:36 PM   #2
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you don't skim kevin?
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you don't skim kevin?
Yep, I use a skimmer and I am a firm believer in skimming, but I have also seen many successful reef tanks that do not use a skimmer. I can't argue with success, but I belive the pros of skimming out weigh (by far) the cons. I also believe that a skimmer is the most important piece of equipment for a beginner, followed closely by an RO/DI filter (or a source of RO/DI water). Once the fundamentals of reefing are understood, then experimentation with skimmerless can begin.
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Old 05-27-2003, 11:25 AM   #5
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How bout Live Rock or a filter of some sort?
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How bout Live Rock or a filter of some sort?
Actually, although it is something you'd need, the LR falls into the livestock category more than it does equipment. Typically, the only real filtration used on most reef tanks is the skimmer. Power filters tend to become nitrate factories and really don't contribute anything to a properly set up reef tank.
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Sorry to Hijack the Thread me been new here and everything, but can i just ask, do you people in the US class LR as livestock? Us in the UK tend to class it as filteration.

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I class it as both red
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Huh?

It is classed as LiveStock in some LFS's and Filtration and Decoration in others rom what I have seen...
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Sorry... looks like i have opend a can of mantis shrimp here...

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