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Old 03-12-2005, 09:56 PM   #11
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What kind of filtration are you using? In a tank that size, some pretty fierce water flow would be needed to keep the detritus off the rocks, and even then you won't get anywhere near all of it.
I am using two overflows into a wet/dry with bioballs and 2 return pumps. Like you said, the amount of water flow I would need to keeo the rocks clean would be ridiculous.

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Is the detritus brownish in color (small chunks, some of it a little stringy)?
Yes, much of the detritus is brownish as I am in the brown algae (bacteria) stage right after cycling. There are many different types of chunks, some stringy....

Thanks all who recommended clean-up crews. On that topic, I am concerned that some of the larger fish I will eventually house in this tank will eat the various inverts mentioned. What fish will eat snails (with shells not Nudies) and crabs with shells??

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Old 03-13-2005, 12:45 PM   #12
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Thanks all who recommended clean-up crews. On that topic, I am concerned that some of the larger fish I will eventually house in this tank will eat the various inverts mentioned. What fish will eat snails (with shells not Nudies) and crabs with shells??
Depends on the fish you intend to add but triggers and/or puffers would be your biggest concern as would some eel and wrasses species.

This is to be an FOWLR set up?

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I'm still fighting the brown algae (new tank syndrome for me). The snails and crabs seem to be helping. A lot of flow will also help. Running a closed loop or powerheads will help with this (dual overflows just won't be enough)
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Old 03-13-2005, 05:58 PM   #14
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This is to be an FOWLR set up?
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I'm still fighting the brown algae (new tank syndrome for me). The snails and crabs seem to be helping. A lot of flow will also help. Running a closed loop or powerheads will help with this (dual overflows just won't be enough)
What would you consider a good closed loop setup? My problem is that this tank is an acrylic with only 2 large opening in the middle and 2 smaller opening (one over each overflow). I can't picture how I could do a closed loop without drilling. Also, when you say closed loop do you mean just simply running a pump on the outside and pumping water through an enclosed hose and back into the tank without going through any media?

I'll post a pic of the top of the tank.

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