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Old 01-12-2006, 03:21 PM   #1
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Nano-reef setup question

Hello, I am currently setting up a 10 gallon nano-reef tank. I am running an Exoterra 501 external canister filter that I previously used in a turtle tank. It operates at 79gph. Will this provide sufficient filtration and water flow for the tank or should I also purchase a powerhead? Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Old 01-12-2006, 03:44 PM   #2
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i would get a powerhead, 79gph is kinda slow or mabey add a hob filter like a aquaclear 50 since it would be cheeper than a powerhead anyway, and would give you another 200gph.
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Couldn't TOO much filtration be a bad thing though? Just something I've heard, dont know if its true at all
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Nano tanks can be a bit tricky as far as water quality goes. That being said, they are wonderful to keep if you get into a frequent and regular maintanace schedule. For a tank this small, especially a reef, I suggest using about 20lbs of good quailty LR as your primary source of filtration. You can use the canister or a HOB for mechanical water polishing and running chemical filtration such as GAC.
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Thanks a lot for your help. Even with the LR though, is 80gph still enough?
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I have a JBJ 12gal nanocube deluxe. I ended up adding a second powerhead simply to create a more chaotic current, rather then add flow. 80gph on a 10gal tank is not that much. I would consider adding another powerhead.
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Like Lando said you will def need a 2nd powerhead. I found in my 12 gallon DX that the stock filtration was way-way underpowered and added a 2nd powerhead to help pick up the slack. As for what Lando said about live rock filtration, that is spot on and great advice. I would recommend the same. If I were you I would strip your canister of any and all media and use only live rock rubble.
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what kind of powerhead would you recommend?
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Here's what I have in my 10G quarantine tank. You could get a 360 or a 480, they're pretty inexpensive. Having at least two sources of water movement is better than just one, do adding a powerhead would be a good idea.

FYI, these are very small so they don't take up much space.
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