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Old 02-04-2007, 09:55 PM   #1
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Welcome Aquarium Advice!! -- Filter Question

Hi everyone!!! For the past year I've had a 29 gallon tank with a skilter filter 450. I am looking into buying a 10 gallon tank. I am confused as to what filter to purchase.. does anyone have any suggestions??

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Old 02-04-2007, 10:35 PM   #2
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If you use enough LR and stay up on your weekly water changes, no filter or skimmer is necessary. Or I think you can use a regular HOB filter and replace all the media with LR rubble.
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Old 02-04-2007, 11:17 PM   #3
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Thank you. Actually I just purchased the 12 gallon JBJ nano cube. Any reviews on this item?

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Old 02-05-2007, 03:28 AM   #4
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I have the 12 gallong nanocube DX and i like it i just removed the ceramic bio rings and the bio balls and the sponges and put some live rock rubble in the back. my only complaint is that the led moonlights on mine quit working the first week i had it.
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Can I ask why you replaced it with live rock?
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Old 02-05-2007, 10:33 AM   #6
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Bioballs and media can harbor nitrates, creating high nitrates which can trigger algae and harm fish. The LR Rubble tends to do this less and have denitrifying qualities
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Thankyou...now my next question is -- Do I replace the bio balls with the LR before I start the cycle or after I finish the cycle... and would it be ok if I were to swtich them throughout the cycle. I should be receiving the tank on friday and will start a new topic showing the progress of the tank. Last question. I was wondering if it is possible to put a heater in the jbj nano cube with the top would that not be a problem?

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I would use base rock, in your filter, or, if you get enough cured LR (1.5-2Lbs per gallon) from your LFS, you might get a small or no cycle at all.
I'm not sure about the heater.
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Wait you confused me?... if I put all cured LR my tank may not go throught a cycle? I have never heard of that. Thanks for the new information. If that's the case I will stell let it sit for about 3 weeks with PWC and testing it and post up the results.
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The LR will have nitrifying bacteria on it when you get it. It just might have enough to eliminate a cycle all together.
Why not try adding an ammonia source (i.e. raw shrimp) and see if you get a cycle? Then you'd have confirmation and you wouldn't need to wait if you are in fact already cycled.

I think you may be able to place a subsersible heater inside the filter. You'd just have a cord running out the back. I actually considered a nano cube but I was concerned about this sort of thing too.
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30g: Newly established reef tank
10g: Planted but fishless
5g: Unplanted with various snail species
2.5g: Heavily planted with betta.
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