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Old 12-13-2011, 12:12 PM   #1
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Ok so for Christmas I'm wanting to set up my first saltwater tank but i know very little about it! I intend to get a 55 that comes with a cascade 300 filter but I know nothing about cycling a salt tank or what's required for filtration! Is rock a requiremeant or would standard filters do the job?
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It depends what kind of tank you want to have. If you want a fish only, you will probably have a sump or canister filter. If you want FOWLF, which I would suggest, the lr does most of your filtering even though i still think it is a good idea to have a sump and protein skimmer. Until my sump is up and running, I continue to run a simple carbon filter due to paranoia.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:33 PM   #3
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Well fish only is more what I'm looking at right now! I can always go to reef later if I decide to! Would some live rock and a hob skimmer with hob filters work for filtration? I don't really intend to do a sump on this tank seeing as its my first and its only a 55
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I'm sumping my 36...lol.

But whatever filtration you deside on, I would add some LR in there personally. It does a good job at filtering.
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Lol I understand that the sump is better but Ii am very inexperienced with the whole plumbing thing and I'd rather buy filters for he first one! Would hob filters do ok?
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I'm planning my first FOWLR tank now. I plan to build a 20 gallon sump with a skimmer.
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Is it a requirement to do a sump? Or is it ok to use standard filters? I don't want to sump unless its neccasary so is it possible to do it another way?
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Is it a requirement to do a sump? Or is it ok to use standard filters? I don't want to sump unless its neccasary so is it possible to do it another way?
Not required but recommended. Yes you can do HOB filters but a sump gives you more flexibility and you can hide most of the equipment (heaters, pumps, skimmers etc, in the tank stand). And they can be cheaper if you DIY.

Another plus is increased water volume.
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So the sump can be cheaper than say 2 cascade 300's? If so I'm starting to see more benefits of it! The biggest thing I'm worried about is the plumbing involved I have no idea hoe to do that kind of thing!
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There are lots of directions/youtube diy stuff. All it really is is say a smaller tank with some dividers held in place by caulking. That is really simplified, but the videos/directions will explain it better than me. I didn't want to go through the hassel so I bought one.
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