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Old 11-04-2012, 10:23 AM   #1
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need help big time with filtration

Ok long story short, I lost my house to a fire. So now having to rebuild a new house im going to do one of my dream tanks. Problem is, is I know very little about salt water. Im surronded by friends who have salt but nothing this big. I will and am doing research until I do this which will be somwhere near spring. But I want advice. Im looking to do a 8' long by 4' wide by 30" tall. It will be an island in the living room. So viewable from both sides. So overflow in the center. It will house a couple of sharks prolly grey bamboo and some cartsharks, including a cortez ray and other various fish thst get along. My problem is filtration. Ive had salt before but only with a fx5 so I know nothing about sumps, protien skimmers, motors, pumps, uv sterilizers etc. That doesnt mean I cant learn. So my question is, is what would you put on this tank for filtration. Please list everything, name, sizes. So far someone has told me 2 150g sumps, rk2 protien skimmer. But I know theres more I need.

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Old 11-04-2012, 10:46 AM   #2
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I would put bigger sumps than that. Two skimmers (don't know which brand sorry), reactors (carbon, whatever else) and most importantly an algae scrubber. Especially with those fish. A scrubber dropped my nitrates from 160 to 20 and it holds. Still dropping. Any other questions? I would also skip mechanical filtration. Not really necessary and actually increases the breakdown of food and stuff unless cleaned daily or every other day. I will be happy to answer any questions as best as I can! Reef or FOWLR?
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:52 AM   #3
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Fowlr, im trying to keep my monthly electric bill minimal. Ive got a friend with a 200g reef and with all the lights he has his bill is insane.

Would you put a bio tower in on my system?
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What is that? I haven't heard of them sorry...... Are those the tower of rocks that covers the overflow? That would look cool...... But really go with a big algae scrubber. Run opposite to daylights. They're amazing.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:24 AM   #5
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No a degas tower. its a waste removal process.
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