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Old 10-20-2012, 04:51 AM   #11
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So the protein skimmer will help keep nitrates down but it's not needed for a 55. Test kits pretty much get them just to test weekly and make sure everything is on track. Also if anything starts going wrong first thing you want to do is make sure you test kits are saying everythings right.
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:55 AM   #12
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So if I have 45-55lbs of LR and im cleaning my tank every week my nitrate level should be ok? If I see a rise in it that means i don't have enough LR or water needs to be changed? I'm told that this fluval 406 is one of the best out there....what do you mean filters left out of saltwater?
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:04 AM   #13
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With 45-55 lbs of LR and a weekly water change you should be all good nitrate will go up but with that amount of liverock and weekly water changes it should stay low. Filters are usually not used with saltwater. The LR will filter everything. But some people put LR in their filters where the filter cartridge would go. Or bags of carbon ect.
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So what's standard as far as filtration lets say for a tank my size? And also just for my knowledge 100gal tanks... I'm seeing some type of sump set up and the skimmers
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:17 AM   #15
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So LR is the only filtration you need. 1-2 lbs of LR per gallon will give you all the filtration you need. Sumps and refugiums have kind of the same kind of concept. Add more water that will cycle to through the tank (the more water the more stable parameters will be). Also filter it. Sumps use skimmers. Refugiums use LR LS and plants.

I think the basic rule of thumb for skimmers is over 55 gallon should have one. Below that it's really up to you. If you have enough LR and keep up with maintnance you should be just fine without one.
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:19 AM   #16
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Sump and refugium I'm not too familiar with I just know the basics of them.
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:23 AM   #17
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So filtration for 55gal SW powerheads, and 55lbs live rock and about how much BR?
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Old 10-20-2012, 05:34 AM   #18
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So filtration for 55gal SW powerheads, and 55lbs live rock and about how much BR?
So are you using RO/RODI/distilled water and making your own saltwater? Or buying pre made? And the power head Creates the motion to keep the oxegeon in the water.

In a 55 gallon, The LR and BR added together should equal 55lbs or more.

BR turns into LR over time as long as there is some LR in the tank with it. LR will make the cycle go faster and make the tank established quicker. But BR is cheaper and does the trick it just takes longer for it to start working.

If i were you. I'd buy 10-20lbs LR and 40-50lbs BR. As long as you LR + BR = 50+lbs you'll be good

I have 15lbs extra in my 29 gal and close to 50lbs extra in my 90 gal it just keeps everything more stable and filtered
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Well before I looked into it I filled my tank with tap water....now I know I can buy and actually have the water conditioner.... After reading I now know about the RO/DI water... Your recommendations for initial set-up? Seems like I should be placing the BR and LR first put about 27-28cups ocean salt and then fill with water.... The. When I'm doing my 5-10 gallon changes... Mix salt and water in bucket first then add to tank..
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You never want to mix salt and water in your tank. Unless your tank is empty. You should mix it in a bucket and add it to the tank. Don't use tap water because it can have all sorts of bad stuff and can come in with already having nitrates.

What do you mean by are my recommendations for initial set up?
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