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Old 01-30-2014, 10:58 PM   #11
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You really need a filter or filters. A skimmer is good and so is liverock but your only using half the liverock you could ( and if on 2nd story in residential house I would to) also a new tank, would definitely acquire a few HOB filters. You could go canister/HOB, as well, mix and match or whatever till your prams stabilize or whatever combo you need to accommodate whatever you plan to house.
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:07 PM   #12
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Ok I will add a HOB filter and I will probably use chemi-pure.
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:11 PM   #13
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In all reality, you can run a HOB filter, but it actually isn't totally necessary. The Berlin method of filtration relies solely on a large skimmer, live rock, sand, and good water circulation. The strong water circulation will ensure uneaten food/poop don't settle and are removed via protein skimming...before the nitrification cycle can begin...but following the 1-1.5lbs of rock per gallon concept will then assist with what the skimmer doesn't get.
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I would suggest a couple 110's, IMO best HOB filters. Good luck and keep us updated!
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:47 PM   #15
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Ok I will keep you updated when I figure out how I want my filtration system. GN😄
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:51 AM   #16
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I don't think you need a filter at all, I run a 55g reef Berlin style no dramas. Weekly water changes keep my parameters in check, I use 3 power heads and a skimmer...
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Old 01-31-2014, 01:16 PM   #17
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Agreed on the skimmer over a filter ideas. If you are going without a sump, there are HOBs out there. I've heard they are often not as efficient as the sump versions, but I still feel that if they are skimming, they are helping.
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:12 PM   #18
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Good Luck with your 55! I'm 15 and recently set up a 10 gal FOWLR since it's the biggest thing I could get. I have had it for 5 months now and it is great!
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Okay thanks good luck with your 10 gallon😄😄
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Old 02-01-2014, 01:00 AM   #20
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Okay I have changed my mind. I am going for a freshwater system. It will be easier on me since I'm 14 and I do not have tons of income. Do you think I made the wrong choice? I chose fresh because I want to be sure I can give the fish the care they need!😄

This does not mean I am giving up because I still plan on being a marine biologist when I get older!😄
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