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Old 09-16-2013, 07:25 PM   #21
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Not sure what the benefits of the canister are, can someone explain it? I run a 55 with two power heads and a skimmer, works fine for me with weekly water changes. Wouldn't the canister just be adding extra maintenance/potential nitrate build ups? The only downside to t5 lighting is the bulbs replacement yearly. Once I reached my first bulb replacement on a 4 x t5 unit I was regretting it. The cost of led is more upfront but uses less electricity and no need for regular bulb changing. Just a thought, they are a good price at the moment and you will be ready for corals when the time comes...
a canister would be your mechanical filtration aka "water polishing" thats basically what it boils down too, a skimmer pulls all the small micro stuff out that yuo didnt even know was tehre, but canister pulls heavy matter and polishes the water with different stages of media.
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:48 PM   #22
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Thank you, I always wondered if there were any benefits at all with canister filters (I know they are more of a freshwater thing)
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Thanks for all the info..

First I need to get his 10 gal running again
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Thanks for all the info..

First I need to get his 10 gal running again
if you plan to do a nano tank its way simpler, all you need is a good hob like a 20gal or 30gal rated hob filter and if you feel the need for a skimmer, you can use the aquaticlife 115 mini skimmer its about $50 and is rated for 30gal so youd only be about $80 deep in equipment, then all you would need is sand and dry rock and your good to go
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if you plan to do a nano tank its way simpler, all you need is a good hob like a 20gal or 30gal rated hob filter and if you feel the need for a skimmer, you can use the aquaticlife 115 mini skimmer its about $50 and is rated for 30gal so youd only be about $80 deep in equipment, then all you would need is sand and dry rock and your good to go
Tell me more.. My son's 10 fresh had the HOB die. So I have to get that running, I thought if I do SW it will be the 50 in my family room as the 10 is in his room..

If I switch to a HOB for the 50, what is suggested
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Hob may be ok for smaller tanks but not the 50. You will need a skimmer.
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Hob may be ok for smaller tanks but not the 50. You will need a skimmer.
Sure I understand that, I meant the HOB in place of the canister if that is a better option.

Still up in the air, so if I do a SW 10 gal

What sand and rock qty will I need? Since I need a filter I can up the size.

What will the maintenance be on it? Will the 50 for SW be better?
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Tell me more.. My son's 10 fresh had the HOB die. So I have to get that running, I thought if I do SW it will be the 50 in my family room as the 10 is in his room..

If I switch to a HOB for the 50, what is suggested
i wouldnt do a hob for the 50, i would use the canister you have with either of the hob reef octopus skimmers i posted links to on a previous page in here, along with a pair of powerheads and youll be good.
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Cool got it

I will have to ask my son about the 10
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Larger is always better and easier. Smaller water volumes have larger parameter swings as water evaporates which means the need for more frequent water top offs.
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