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Old 01-08-2006, 02:10 AM   #11
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One idea for after your tank cycles would be to start out simply (and cheaply). You could put in a couple of damsels and some macro algae. Then as you get used to checking your levels and salinity, you have some fish and some color. The damsels and macro algae are also very hardy. Then you could slowly shift toward a more sophisticated tank.

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Old 01-14-2006, 07:24 PM   #12
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OK- so I went to my LFS to see what he would say I needed. He said I should use a wet-dry filter?? What is the diff btwn that and a skimmer?
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a wet/dry filter is basically a bucket of media (usually bioballs) with water pouring over it. this is good for denitrification, but in a reef tank, it is not sufficient for removing nitrATEs

A better solution is a sump with live rock (or live rock rubble. hirocks.com has good cheap rock that will work well) which is kept WET, not wet/dry. also this is a lot cheaper than a wet/dry setup.

A skimmer is a foam fractionator, which fills a column of water with tiny bubbles. these bubbles attract DOC's which then are released into a collection cup as they pop. This is IMO a requirement for a reef tank. Better to save money by not getting a wet/dry and get a good skimmer instead.

MY main advice is to read this site for a few weeks before buying anything, especially from an LFS. they will overcharge you for everything, and often give very bad advice. take your time. learn everything you can. look online for deals, especially on things like skimmers.
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Ok - I'm not going to have any reef so I'm not sure which parts of the last post I should do. Earlier I have heard LR and a skimmer, so I guess I'll go with that??

Is there a particular type of skimmer I should get for a 16g ? Is it better to order one online?

Don't worry everyone, I'm not actually going to get anything going until I have the perfect set up and know exactly what to do with it, which will be a while!

Thanks everyone.
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16g is very tiny for SW. What are you planning to keep in it? Smaller tanks are harder to maintain and really limit your choices.
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