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Old 08-13-2011, 02:11 PM   #21
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How do you start your own thread??

hey guys can anyone help me find out how to start my own thread?? ive been looking everywhere and my 29 gallon biocube needs advice!!

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Old 08-13-2011, 02:22 PM   #22
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So what are good types of protein skimmers that won't slaughter me bank wise... Cause I didn't know that you don't have to have one for a nano tank and I bought this one offline and it was the worse product I have ever had/ used it was a waste if time and money it didn't even work!
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Old 08-13-2011, 03:53 PM   #23
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if you don't mind doing weekly partial water changes, you can skip the protein skimmer. ultimately, it's all about nutrient export. you must take out what you put in. how you do that is up to you. 5 gallons a week, and reasonable feeding, should go a long way towards keeping your tank healthy.
as far as lighting goes, you can use an individually reflected 4 lamp T5 high output fixture with quality bulbs. that would be my choice for that size tank.
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if you decide to add a protein skimmer to the list of components, try to choose one that is rated for 1.5-2 times your tank volume. reef octopus are pretty decent quality.
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I have a 46 bowfront with a skimmer and honestly, I could do without it. I bought it cause I had a valentini puffer and he was a messy eater. Since his passing I only run my skimmer once in a while with little waste produced. I would save the money and buy really good lights. That will open up alot of windows in terms of what kind of corals you can house.
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:07 PM   #25
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Thank you mr_ X that helps a lot!! Do you know anything about uv sterilizers are they good for a tank or are they the same thing as protein skimmers... And I don't plan on doing a sump so the reef octopus hob skimmer do you think that would be good or do you think I should do a sump?
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Old 08-14-2011, 07:11 AM   #26
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I asked about the uv sterilizer and was told they are a waist of money. The guys at the lfs said all they have ever done is take them off. They might be useful in multiple tank setups to keep pathagen from spreading from tank to tank but even then the hobbyist ones are too week to be effective. I love a sump because that gives you a place to keep all your equipment like heaters protein skimmers, and whatever else you decide to put in. I am not a big fan of hang on overflows, I drilled my own tanks and installed glass holes overflows, but you might want to have someone else do this. Of course I made my own sump out of an old 29 i got off ebay for 10 dollars....
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a sump is never a bad thing. it increases overall water volume which helps keep the system stable, along with being a place to hide your heater(s), protein skimmer, and whatever else you plan to use. it's not a must however, and i've seen nice looking reef tanks without sumps. it's up to you. i personally, do not like the look of a HOB skimmer hanging on the side/back of the tank. i'd rather have it hidden.

UV sterilizers have their place, but i don't think they are necessary in this situation. They kill whatever goes through them, good and bad. it's not going to protect against disease, or stop algae problems. i'm with those that consider it a needless expense.
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Ok so if I want to do a sump is a 10 gallon too small for a 46??
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:51 PM   #29
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Sorry for asking so many questions I'm jut still fairly new at this thank you guys so much for helping me out!!
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if you build a sump out of a standard tank, you are going to have to partition it into at least 2 sections- one for intake, which will hold your skimmer, and heaters and things, and one for return. otherwise, the water level will fluctuate too much for the skimmer to function properly.
attempting this with a 10 gallon tank is going to be nearly impossible. you will need room for the skimmer, heaters, and also the return pump.
i think a 20 long would be the smallest tank i would want to make a sump out of.
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