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Old 06-24-2013, 07:46 PM   #1
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I already have a canister filter on my 30g and would like to know if I add a proteins skimmer like maybe for a 40 or 30g tank will my tank be too clean? Is there any downsides too that like ph swings etc or just all positives while having both running.

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-I have colonies of clove polyps and assorted neon zooanthids.
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-2 paired ocllerous clownfish
-trying to add 1 or 2 more fishes and defiantly more corals.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:47 PM   #2
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I would get a skimmer and remove the canister. Try and get a skimmer rated for twice your water volume
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:47 AM   #3
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Ian wondering what if you keep the canister on or i just wouldn't make sense.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:05 AM   #4
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I would tend to agree with removing the canister filter unless it is one of you primary sources of water movement then I would keep it running. they tend to be a nitrate producing piece of equipment and aren't really highly regarded for keeping in saltwater tanks. If it is important to have the flow it might be a good idea to remove all of the contents and use it for purigen or phosban.

The more pristine your water conditions are, the healthier your tank will be. So getting phosphates and nitrates as close to 0 as you can is a good thing. Also, having clean water will have no effect on your pH.
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So if I take out the contents can I use the canister just to grow cocopods and small plants like a Refugium but mainly for cocopods.
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So if I take out the contents can I use the canister just to grow cocopods and small plants like a Refugium but mainly for cocopods.
Adding some live rock in there is a possibility. I would rig up a basket or keep it in a mesh bag to make cleaning out the canister filter easier. Either that or a good pre filter might be a good option. As for growing plants, I don't see it working out unless you have a clear canister to get light to the plants.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:24 PM   #7
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So what would you guys recommend something fitted for a 60g maybe
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I would personally never recommend what I see as out of date tech. It'll sometimes work, but there is better out there for the same money. Ditch the canister and get a skimmer.
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I would personally never recommend what I see as out of date tech. It'll sometimes work, but there is better out there for the same money. Ditch the canister and get a skimmer.
Yeah I mean like a skimmer fitted for a 60g
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CHeck out bulkreefsupply to look at the different skimmers. I like reef octopus while others like bubble magus.
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