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Old 04-05-2011, 10:46 PM   #1
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Switching to a canister filter.....

So now that my fluval 305 is available I was thinking on adding it to my 55g SW tank. I am currently running an aquatech 30-60 from walmart. ( came with setup)

My questions would be: What media should I use? I don't want LR rubble in there do I? Also, if I don't move my media over from the aquatech will I experience I cycle? The media in there is the carbon/fiber/thing, I guess I could break it and put it in a basket maybe? Or is that just silly?

I am very good about my tank maintenance so I don't think I will have any nitrate issues.

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i had a 55G sw reef once and i had a fluval on it i filled it with lr rubble worked well
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:21 PM   #3
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Do I fill all three trays with LR? I need one tray for chemical ie: GFO until I can get a reactor.

How about the cycle part? Will changing cause a cycle again? Also, if I buy LR rubble from the lfs wont that cause a cycle?

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Old 04-05-2011, 11:24 PM   #4
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You can keep the nitrates down, but maintenance is going to be a pain. I used a magnum 350 canister with activated carbon and managed to keep my old tank pristine. The water was extremely clear with it, but I had to do 25% weekly changes to keep the nitrates down and I only feed every other day.
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I already anticipate a filter breakdown every week and I do a 20% pwc each week as well.

So would carbon/GFO, biomax, biomax work ok ya think?
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I would imagine.
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Anyone else have any suggestions? I'm great when it comes to freshwater but not too sure on the salt. lol

And should I cut out the filter from the current one and put it in the new fluval? Or will my 80lbs of LR be enough to avoid a cycle?
I have the fluval all cleaned up and ready to go. i planned on going to the petco and getting the media in the morning.

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