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Old 06-03-2004, 12:37 AM   #1
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I will soon be starting a new fish-only from the ground up. All new equipment, etc. I'm wanting some ideas on biological filtration. I've used wet/dry filters & fluidized bed (sand) filters in the past, with better luck on the sand filters. Yeah, I know, lots of people hate them and I've heard the arguments. I've had a string of bad luck with my current tank, including some abnormal ammonia spikes that won't go away, but that's another story. I'm a believer in sticking with what has worked in the past, but I'm willing to change at this point.

I'm looking for opinions on different types of bilogical systems. 75+ pounds of live rock unfortunately is out of the budget (I leave that to my reef tank).

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Old 06-03-2004, 07:49 AM   #2
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Try a emperor bio-wheel they are cheap and work good.

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How big of a system, what kind of fish and what kind of equipment is on there now?
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I have a 90G running a couple of Fluval canisters. These are really easy to clean, and they do a pretty good job at it.
As far as ammonia spikes, are you using RO, RO/DI, or tap water?
If you can specify the equipment you currently have, many of us here can offer suggestions, and opinions on what you will need. If it is just a FO tank and don't want to buy liverock, you can use base rock. Make sure you get a good skimmer though. Lots of options here.

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I know that You do not want to buy Live rock but IMO I would get a small piece to help with the ammonia spikes and cycle the media until everything levels out then either A)keep it or B) get rid of it back to the store a friend. Everyone else has good Ideas too.
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Since you have a reef tank, I would take 1 or 2 pcs of lr from reef and replace it w/ base rock. put the lr in new tank with some base rock. and wait a few months for ot to spread.
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IMO, the Emperor 280 or 400 are a great bang for your buck. I had one on my 40 gall reef and it worked really well.

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