so i'm really confused now when it comes to filtration in SW
. Let me start by reminding people who know or don't know me first. I have successfully kept several freshwater tank and recently i have ventured into the SW
side, just to get my hands dirty.
When it comes to FW
filtration, the most important factors are some sort of filter (whether HOB
or canister) and periodic water changes to remove nitrate. But this SW
business has me confused all over the place. I currently have 30gal SW
tank, already cycled with some live rocks and hermit crabs/snails. It has a HOB
and i know that protein skimmer is not required as long as i keep up with the water changes. So far everything makes sense.
Here's the headache: for those with Wet/Dry filtration using the sump (i hope this doesn't sound awkward because it's awkward typing what i barely know), there's not a "filter" per se? it's only bioballs, protein skimmer, maybe some live rocks, and a powerhead for returning the water. where does the "wet/dry" come from?
Now i understand (barely tho) that the skimmer will remove the waste. so in this case, is the skimmer the same as a "filter" that I'm acquainted with? with my current setup, would it be beneficial for me to have both a HOB
filter and and HOB
thanks for reading, i really appreciate the advices so far. i just feel like there's a huge jump from FW
and i haven't even ventured into the reef/coral part of SW
yet. My head has doubled its capacity since i started this SW