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Old 07-09-2005, 08:51 PM   #1
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Need Help on My New 75

I am new to the forum and to saltwater fish and just wanted to know if a fluval 404 and and aquaclear 500 (aka 110) would be enough filtration for my 75. I will be starting out with fish only. Just thought i'd ask you guys because one of the guys I talked to in the fish store said it would be ok. And if this is enough filtration for just fish what would I have to ad for coral, I have a power compact light coming on wednesday it has four bulbs in it, two 12,000k daylight and two actinic blues.

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Old 07-09-2005, 09:25 PM   #2
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If you're planning on doing corals (or any other moderately sensitive inverts) eventually, most recommend using live rock + skimmer for your filtration. If you're going to stick with fish only, most people who don't do Fish Only With Live Rock (FOWLR), use wet/dry trickle filter + skimmer (sometimes called Dutch Style) - some hardy corals like mushrooms and filter feeding inverts can actually do better in such a tank. That said, there are those who successfully use HOB or cannister filters for SW, so they can better advise on what the best equipment to use.
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The filtration you mentioned will be just fine for a FO tank. Looking into LR will certainly help out your tank. It is the best form of biological filtration you can get and extrememly beneficial to any tank. The lighting you have on the way will provide you with the ability to add a good variety of corals down the road.
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Will i need new filtration for corals? I guess i forgot to mention that i was planning on adding live rock in my first post.
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No, as mentioned, lots of LR (1.5-2lbs/gal) and agressive skimming are your best bets for filtration
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And you want multiple powerheads (and/or sump pump) to create enough flow (usually a recommended total GPH 10-20 times the volume of your tank depending on your livestock) to ensure your LR is properly doing itd filtering job.
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My best advice would be to set your tank up to house corals. You are already interested in corals so save the money on the other filters and buy a good skimmer and live rock as mentioned above. The fish will also be happy. I did the same thing when I started out with a FO tank and now I'm switching to a sump/fuge setup. With the money I spent on HOB filters I could have been halfway there.

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Well, the reason I am using those two filters was because i was keeping african cichlids and since I did that successfully i figured I would try the challenge of a saltwater tank. So what do you guys think I should do if I still want to use those two filters. What type of tank could I set up with them.
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I also forgot to mention i have about 60 pounds of live sand in my tank, does that change anything.
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Sorry didn't realize you already had those filter. If I had them I would use them even if it was just for circulation.
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