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Old 05-31-2015, 02:20 AM   #1
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Any opinions on this sump for a 4ft saltwater FOWLR. Its for sale locally. Ive never had one and dont know a lot about them.



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Old 05-31-2015, 02:23 AM   #2
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it's fine to use except it will do nothing to lower nitrates. This is a sump built for a fish only tank. The bio balls and drip tray above it will house a large amount of aerobic bacteria, which will do a very good job at converting ammonia to nitrite, to nitrate. It will be up to you to remove the nitrate with whatever means you choose.
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Thanks.. what type would you recommend

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It is possible to control nitrates with a few PWC'S a week maybe like 20%

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It depends on what you want to achieve. Will this be a fish only tank or FOWLR? If so, this sump will work fine.
You can also take this sump and remove the bio balls and add some rock to that area instead. Live rock completes the nitrogen cycle.If so, I would replace the last partition with a taller one, to raise the water level a bit more. If this is fairly cheap, then that might be a good option.
If not, You could just make your own pretty easily out of a standard glass tank with some partitions glued in.
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That'll work. Take that middle thing out and throw in Chaeto and a light, it will help, but its not quite big enough to handle a large tank.
You can control Nitrates doing weekly water changes, easily enough.
You can control Nitrates doing no water changes and Carbon Dosing, AKA- Vodka, Vinegar, Sugar Dosing.
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Carbon dosing still needs you to remove nutrients. You'll need to still do water changes and have very effective components for nutrient removal, like a very effective skimmer. I would not suggest this method for someone new to the hobby.
You can't control nitrates in every tank with water changes. You could be doing hundreds of gallons a week, depending on what nutrients you are putting in and your bio load. There's a lot more to it than just guessing at what a 4' tank needs. It may not be cost effective and worth the labor. For a beginner (or even myself), I suggest fortifying the tank with lots of rock and the most effective nutrient removal methods.
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What are the most effective nutrient removal methods in your opinion?

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i'd say the number one method for removing nutrients is a good solid skimmer. thats the first step to getting some organic material removed with out a water change. I'm still a believer in large water changes on top of the skimmer. Alot will depend on feeding and stocking though. A tank full of big fish and no matter how many water changes you do I betcha would still have nitrate issues. Just my two cents, I'm sure Mr. X can more eloquently explain.
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