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Old 06-24-2010, 09:52 PM   #1
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looking for skimmer/filter options

I want to set up a 29gal sw tank. I currently have a freshwater set up, is there something (skimmer?) inexpensive I can add to make the filtration system less expensive than buying an entire new filter system? Or is there an affordable filter/skimmer combo out there I should look at? I have had a Skilter filter before and was happy. Looking for options.
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Old 06-24-2010, 11:02 PM   #2
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With a tank the size of a 29 gal., your kind of on the border of needing one or not. Granted they are always handy to have, but at your size you could just compensate for not having one by doing weekly PWC's. Only time I would say you really need one is if you plan on keeping corals, but if it's just fish, then water changes may be your cheap ticket!
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They are not the greatest but skilter makes a skimmer/filter outfit. I used it for a few years and it was Ok but like I said not the greatest.
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:53 PM   #4
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so youre saying i could run saltwater ok with a regular filter??
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Yup, as long as you have enough LR in there. Your LR is 95% of "filtration" in any SW tank.
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you can actually run a salt tank without a single piece of live rock. we've just realized over the years that with ocean rock's porousness and amount of surface area, that it's really good as a filtration component, and also looks like the real ocean floor. you know that bacteria resides on surfaces, and this is why we use porous ocean rock. we call it "live" because it's covered with bacteria. the hitch hikers are extra.

you could run a salt tank with a HOB filter, a cannister, whatever you want.
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Well Im sure I'll get some LR but what are your top recommendations then for ground cover. Excellent point there mrX.. for this set up what would be a great floor material? Any other opinions / expierences?
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i would choose aragonite based sand, just larger than sugar sized. large enough that it doesn't blow all over the place, and small enough so that detritus can't settle in between the granules.
have you put thought into your stock list? some creatures prefer/need a deeper bed, and some sift the bed for food. i would decide on what you are intending to keep and then arrange the aqua scape accordingly.
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you can actually run a salt tank without a single piece of live rock. we've just realized over the years that with ocean rock's porousness and amount of surface area, that it's really good as a filtration component, and also looks like the real ocean floor. you know that bacteria resides on surfaces, and this is why we use porous ocean rock. we call it "live" because it's covered with bacteria. the hitch hikers are extra.

you could run a salt tank with a HOB filter, a cannister, whatever you want.
Can you, yes, imo should you, never. Its possible to use all mechanical filtration, but the long term sustainability of that option I feel is pretty low without a lot of maintenance. A FO tank would be a lot easier then a reef, but even then. You are looking at adding chemicals and substrates to remove a lot of basic toxic stuff, but for how long?

I'm sure someone out there is doing it just fine, it just doesn't seem like a long term feasible option without some serious risk and problems, and a ton of tlc.

Again, just my opinion.
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Can you, yes, imo should you, never. Its possible to use all mechanical filtration, but the long term sustainability of that option I feel is pretty low without a lot of maintenance. A FO tank would be a lot easier then a reef, but even then. You are looking at adding chemicals and substrates to remove a lot of basic toxic stuff, but for how long?

I'm sure someone out there is doing it just fine, it just doesn't seem like a long term feasible option without some serious risk and problems, and a ton of tlc.

Again, just my opinion.
I will eventually upgrade filtration system, but to get started to save on initial costs. i think i will start with regular filter, then eventually upgrade.

i would like to run a few corals, a clown fish. a tang, butterfly, gobi, maybe another small fish that would like to live in the the LR.
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