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Old 04-27-2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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Perfect Filter for 100 gallon

What would be your perfect filter for a 100 gallon reef tank set up with hard/soft coral, sea anemones and just a few fish? (Try to keep it under $300)

I have a Magnum 300 canister and I guess it might be contributing to my Algae problem. It is not the easiest thing to clean/change out. Also have a protein skimmer and am thinking about a carbon/GFO reactor.

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Old 04-27-2013, 11:44 PM   #2
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Do you have a sump/fuge? If not then I would suggest doing that and not using canisters at all. Do you have a protein skimmer too?
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No sump/fuge but I do have a protein skimmer. Would you go with a wet/dry filter?
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Wet dry is old technology. I currently run one. But modded for maximum filtration
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For a reef tank with sensitive inverts, I would want very low nitrate. This would be hard to achieve with a canister filter or wet/dry. I would simply use live rock and a massive protein skimmer. those 2 components coupled with weekly water changes should be enough to keep a thriving reef.
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I have a Dual Bak Pak 2 but only one side is working. I thought one side was good enough for my 55 gal. I guess I should get the other side working again. Would that be a big enough protein skimmer for a 55 gal.? How many gallons would you change weekly on a 55 gal.? I've been doing 5 gallons changes weekly (with the amount of rock I have it displaces a lot of water). I am having difficulty keeping the rock from touching the tank walls so I end up with dead zones with not a lot of water movement and algae is loving those spots. I need to drill into the rock and put them together like tinker toys like this video

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I'm not a fan of the bakpak skimmer. I would probably want something rated for 1.5 to 2 times your total system volume, that has very good air draw. 5-10 gallons water change sounds good, depending on how much displacement you are talking about. Don't forget to feed reasonably. Overfeeding is the number 1 cause of nuisance algae outbreaks.
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So if I have 100 gal (dreaming of the future) I am looking for a sump rated for a 150 to 200 gallon tank. How do they rate "air draw"? What would I look for? Thanks
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Usually they list it (if the amount is substantial...otherwise, they don't bother to list it). For instance, this one draws 960 liters-
Bubble Magus
..and this one pulls half that-
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So I want one rated for a 150 to 200 gallons tank and an air draw or LPH of 800 to 1000? Notice some are rated as internal and external. Are the internal ones that sit in a tank (sump) under the tank and the externals hang on the side?
Found this one but it is expensive ($803)
Vertex Alpha 170 Protein Skimmer


  • Tank Size: up to 200 Gallons
  • Footprint: 9" x 15" or 9" x 17"
  • Height: 23"
  • Base Diameter: 8" - Neck Diameter: 4"
  • 1000 to 1200 LPH @ 18W
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