So you don't have a filter on your system? You only have this rubermaid container from Wal-Mart?
Tis, correct. My system is setup using the Berlin method style of filtration which basically requires LR
, good water flow, and strong lighting.
We have an article written just for this method of filtration in our articles section. Go here: http://www.aquariumadvice.com/showqu...q=2&fldAuto=10
Why do people keep buying these terribly expensive wet/dry systems if all they need is big bucket? I just feel like I'm missing something . . .
Those are mainly for FO
setups. The end result of all those wet/dry filters is nitrates. In a FO
system this isn't a big deal unless they get too high (i.e. >50 ppm
). On the other hand, in a reef tank, one needs to keep nitrates extremely low (i.e. <5 ppm
). Using the Berlin method coupled with a DSB
keep those pesky nitrates down to a minimum.
If all you wanted to keep where fish (lots of fish) than a wet/dry would be your best bet. Nothing really matches their power of hording bacteria that convert ammonia to nitrite and then nitrite to nitrate. But if you want a reef tank, you need something a little more subtile.