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Old 08-29-2005, 03:30 AM   #11
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Should i use a sump?
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Old 08-29-2005, 04:05 AM   #12
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And i want 900 to 1,800 gph flow from all pumps in total or should that be for each pump?
all the pumps combined

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Should i use a sump?
sump is a personal choice, not needed but beneficial

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btw, how much lbs or bags of sand do i need for a 75 gal tank, 48" long x 18" w x 22" deep
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Old 08-29-2005, 09:28 PM   #13
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I went to a very reputable LFS this weekend.
I was speaking with one the employees there, he told me i should not use a canister filter for a marine set up. He told me to weekly change the media.
Is that true?
And can i purchase aragonite sand from a hardware store?
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Here's the concept behind LIVE. for example, Aquacultured LR means there are these rocks that are placed in platforms by the beach. They then are kept there for a period of time. They start to acquire bacteria and even hitchhikers. So now, they are called Live.

With sand, all you really need to do is get regular sand (not live). SEED it with LR. Eventually, your sand will become Live. that's it. You don't need 50 percent this and 50 percent that or what not. Just get the sand, put Live rock in there, and eventually they will become live. Mostly live with bacteria. at best, maybe some wiggling things or even macroorganisms.

I have a 55G with 400GPH flow rate on my PH. The most concern that you should have when it comes to PH's, sumps, and other filtration/circulation systems is the turnover rate. Which means, how many times will the total volume of water in my tank recirculate in 1 hour. In my case, considering the PH and the HOBS, something like 9 times per hour. That's what I prefer.

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Okay so i decided to just go with regular aragonite sand.
And some live rock to start off.
I will run my filstar xp3 (350 gph) and a couple of other power heads to get my total gph up to about 1,200 gph.
What do you think?
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that's great. Saved you some money from buying live sand (did you see the prices on those????). You're pretty much turning over your 90G tank more than 11 times. That's pretty impressive. I suggest for you to get a skimmer. You can go the cheap route (Prizm skimmer) or the more efficient-but-slightly-pricey Berlin-style skimmer.

Cycle away, my friend, cycle away.
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Live sand costs alot!
I want to get the prizm pro skimmer.
What power head should i use?
Isnt the aquasweep the best?
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Old 09-02-2005, 06:06 PM   #18
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maxijet 900 or 1200

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IMO, I would look into a better skimmer. Just my 2 cents.

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Okay so this is what i have in mind.
100lbs of aragonite sand (not "live")
some fiji live rock (to start my cycle)
I want a berlin skimmer (havent decided which yet)
i havent decided on power heads.
and i want to run my filstar xp3.
I have a Rena 300 watt heater.
and im going to use instant ocean salt mix (becuase its the easiest thing to get out here)
My goal is to cycle the tank 11 time per hour.
What do you think?
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I want a berlin skimmer (havent decided which yet)
Get the biggest one they make.
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11x an hour is good. It sounds like you are on the right track.

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