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Old 01-10-2011, 05:48 PM   #11
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it's debatable that the vertex skimmers are better. i like to check the wattage of the pumps they use and the amount of air they pull. no comparison to the pumps coralvue is using. besides the pumps, it's just an acrylic apparatus with no moving parts.

the sump doesn't have to be below the main tank. it can be anywhere you want it to be.
if you don't separate the macro algae from pumps, it will eventually get sucked into them and cause you grief.

do not add any livestock a week after the cycle has started. do not add any livestock without owning and using test kits. you never want to put living creatures in a potentially deadly situation. besides the humanity of it, why waste the money?
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:09 PM   #12
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thanks

thanks for everyones help really grateful.
i definately cant have a sump there is no room and the tank is built into a cabinet not to high of the floor with 2 cupboards either side too small for sump, i have an fx5 filter from my cichlid tank will that be ok to use ?
i will have to take a picture of the tank and upload it.
i have seen these wave maker things on ebay are they any good to use ?
the item number on ebay is :-310177938301
also should i have a ozonizer and uv steriliser.
i want the best of lights but i want them to be built into the hood any suggestions ?



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if you wash the filter out regularly, you could get away with it. you are better off just getting a HOB protein skimmer.

i don't know how good that power head is. it's not a "wavemaker" though...it's just a pump that pushes water at a constant rate. i don't know how they get away with saying that it "provides a randomized water current". i suppose because it doesn't exhaust in a tight stream, it's like the koralia power heads.

no ozonizer or UV sterilizer is necessary.

as for lighting, look into retro kits. they can be mounted anywhere you want.
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awesome

you know loads about everything to do with marine really helpful
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eh..i just listen well, but thanks.
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hi

is this any good - ebay - item number - 140497872159
sorry to be a pain lol
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i will be second on Mr X...do not add any live stock after 1 week....do your fishless water cycle...there's an article about that here...buy your test kits and refractometer....still suggest using sump...u need baffles for sump if u plan to have macroalgae in there....as Mr X said, sump can be anyway...
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is this any good - ebay - item number - 140497872159
sorry to be a pain lol
na..that's no good.
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