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Old 04-26-2011, 09:46 PM   #1
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new 60 gallon

so my dad has been wanting to set up his tank for 15 years, well the time has come, we have built the stand and it is all ready to go. He has kept reefs before he isnt quite sure if he wants a reef this time or not, but he was wondering what filtration he should use, no sump or trickle system, we dont have the space, so what filtering system would you guys recommend? thanks
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:59 PM   #2
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canister filtration, but natural filtration is the best. live rock and micro algaes with some mechanical filtration.

you don't have space for a 20g sump below the tank?
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well not really, the tank and stand are fairly skinny and i dont think we will have room for a sump. What exactly is natural filtration ( live rock, substrate ...??? ) what about an under gravel filter maybe with some mechanical filteration?
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try and avoid under gravel filters.

by natural filtration i mean live rock, substrate and micro algaes. you can get 20 gallons that are 30 inches long by 12 inches wide and high. my girlfriend has one for her turtles for now. you can also use rubber maid containers to make a sump/refugium which houses, is a great place to house micro algaes and raise isopods or copipods that some fish feed on
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all right thanks, we arent in a hurry so we will look around.
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good idea f you go the reef route thats the best way to go. with a fish only you can go with a canister filter or a large hang on power filter and skimmer

oh i forgot to say a skimmer is needed and one of the most effective filtrations even on a reef so invest in one of those
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Yes I know about the skimmer, thanks
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alright i just forgot to mention it so it was mroe of a self reminder so i don't look dumb :P
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lol i here you on that one
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