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Old 03-25-2013, 09:40 PM   #31
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Here is a picture of this tank so far
Adding to your profile is like this

On the right side on the main site you should have a spot for photos
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Here is a picture of this tank so far
Looks about how mine started
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:25 PM   #33
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Looks about how mine started
Hi Andy .
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This 70 gal was not drilled and was planning on running it with a canister but after doing about a weeks worth of research apparently with live sand , live rock and a skimmer it is enough .
The canister I have is a ehiem 2217

Inside that canister is about 1/3 white ceramic octagons , 1/3 brown ball about 1/4" dia
And the rest is a think blue porous sponge and filter floss .
What should I remove to avoid trapping ammonia ?
What is your best suggestion ?
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Well you wouldn't trap ammonia but with a canister your nitrates may become a problem. In the saltwater world a sump is a must IMO. You are right about the rocks and sand holding enough bacteria. If I ran the canister it would only have sponges to take out debris from the water. You should look into a sump. Also what skimmer are you using?
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Well you wouldn't trap ammonia but with a canister your nitrates may become a problem. In the saltwater world a sump is a must IMO. You are right about the rocks and sand holding enough bacteria. If I ran the canister it would only have sponges to take out debris from the water. You should look into a sump. Also what skimmer are you using?
I haven't decided on a skimmer yet .
I just started it and adding the rock this weekend .
I'll start to cycle it on Monday .
Is there a safe way to run a sump by using a u tube instead of drilling ?
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I haven't decided on a skimmer yet .
I just started it and adding the rock this weekend .
I'll start to cycle it on Monday .
Is there a safe way to run a sump by using a u tube instead of drilling ?
Well as long as it's set up right and the sump is big enough to hold about 1" of the surface water of the tank then it shouldn't over flow. It takes a little practice and testing to get it right but it's pretty simple. They do sell over flow box's.

An over flow box will stop once the water level drops below the inside skimmer cup. So that little bit of water is what your sump will need to be able to hold.

Using a sump will open up a whole new world of filtration and cool little gadgets in saltwater. Gadgets = things that may be needed if doing corals. Including better protein skimmers
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Well as long as it's set up right and the sump is big enough to hold about 1" of the surface water of the tank then it shouldn't over flow. It takes a little practice and testing to get it right but it's pretty simple. They do sell over flow box's.

An over flow box will stop once the water level drops below the inside skimmer cup. So that little bit of water is what your sump will need to be able to hold.

Using a sump will open up a whole new world of filtration and cool little gadgets in saltwater. Gadgets = things that may be needed if doing corals.
Now you say things and gadgets that might be needed if doing corals .
I know I need better lights .
And a sump is still a thought
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Now you say things and gadgets that might be needed if doing corals .
I know I need better lights .
And a sump is still a thought
I did my salt tank for a couple years with a canister and a hob skimmer. I eventually went to the sump and it made everything 10 times better including cleaning. IMO it's a must have
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I did my salt tank for a couple years with a canister and a hob skimmer. I eventually went to the sump and it made everything 10 times better including cleaning. IMO it's a must have
what does IMO stand for ?
I think I will run it with the HOB skimmer and canister to start .
What is the best kind of skimmer ?
I have a small sump skimmer from my 30 gal 15 years ago
It was a powerhead and Venturi
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Sorry IMO means in my opinion

I've heard the psk100 is good
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=19865

Sorry it's been a long time since I had salt. It will probably be worth your wild to start a new thread in the saltwater section
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