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Old 03-25-2013, 12:03 PM   #171
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I'm not familiar with the protein skimmer. I would probably want a better brand without trying it out. (Octopus, Vertex, even Bubble Magus)
I never heard of the return pump either. Same thing- danner mag drive or Quiet One...Eheim...etc.
I would skip the canister filter. This will need regular maintenance (like weekly) if you want to keep your nitrate levels down. I prefer a filter sock in the intake section.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:35 PM   #172
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I'm doing live rock and chaeto in my center chanber. Mr x, would you fire the skimmer up right away or run the sump for a couple weeks?
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:36 PM   #173
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I added 2x4 supports brackets last night. I just have to open opening about 2" more. The I need to make some new cabinet doors.
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I would run it right away. You have livestock in your tank, right?
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:00 PM   #175
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Yup. Would you remove existing hob and canister right away too?
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Sure. Why not? It's not like you are needing the canister media for surface area for bacteria...you have plenty of rock, correct? I am subscribed to so many threads I forget specifics from time to time. The HOB is for what? A refugium?
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:26 PM   #177
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So I don't need the cannister filters? What pumps the water to my sump, or is it gravity? Sorry for being so green but I am when it comes to marine .
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:07 PM   #178
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So I don't need the cannister filters? What pumps the water to my sump, or is it gravity? Sorry for being so green but I am when it comes to marine .
Canisters are not needed and IMO shouldn't be used. Water comes down by gravity, all you do is pump it up.

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You have water in the tank and in the sump. You pump water up to the tank that the tank can't hold. So with an overflow either hob or a built in one ( works like a drain) makes the water.go back down. You'll have to watch to know how much gph the overflow can handle so you don't push to much up to the tank.

What goes up must come down
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Exactly. If you have a drilled tank, it's gravity that brings the water back to the sump. If you have a HOB filter, it's a siphon that does the work.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:31 PM   #180
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I just wasn't sure if it was ok to go col turkey on other 2 filters. I've heard mixed feelings, but I believe you're very experienced. I have a 135g fowlr tank and there's about 175lbs o live rock in it. I'll be using about 25lbs to start with in my sump. I'll use the rings from hob for a few weeks. Then I'll toss them. I plan on having a good amount of chaeto resting ontop of my rock (middle section) in the sump. Do you think I should separate the rock an chaeto using a filter pad or egg crate.... Or anything at all... Thx!
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