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Old 08-28-2013, 12:57 PM   #11
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Awesome. Thanks so much for the help. I guess I'm going saltwater. What kind of livestock do you have in yours.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:20 PM   #12
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Awesome. Thanks so much for the help. I guess I'm going saltwater. What kind of livestock do you have in yours.
from experience at least wait a month and make sure all your parameters are stable before getting any stock, for one its way more expensive to replace a $35 clown fish than waiting for your tank to be ready lol, i didnt and my fish are fine, happy, and healthy now but it couldve gone seriously wrong.

i have 2 caramel clown fish, 2 skunk cleaner shrimp, 2 peppermint cleaner shrimp, 2 turbo snails, and this weekend ill be getting 4 cyrith snails and 4 nassarus snails, and 8 blue leg hermits to complete my clean-up crew.

after this week ill be adding a yellow watchman goby with accompanied pistol shrimp, and a fire angel fish and a fairy wrasse to complete my tank and ill be happy with it for a while as a FOWLR.
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I've seen some beautiful FOWLR tanks run with HOB emperor filters, but frequent media replacement and water changes were necessary...
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My tank is, and will be for the foreseeable future, a FOWLR tank running a HOB. In the basket, I just run Purigen, some 5 micron floss, and a chunk of bulk floss. I do a 15% PWC each week, and rince the two floss pieces in old tank water. All of my parameters are spot on and my fish and inverts are all happy and healthy.
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Yeah, this is how it was done back in the past. Today, HOB filters and canisters seem to get such a bad rep, but if you're dedicated they can be quite effective at keeping your tank clean and healthy...
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Actually, on small tanks, it's not "old school" to run HOBs or canisters at all. You don't need to be any more dedicated with HOBs than you do with a sump/skimmer setup.
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on my 36g bow front ill be using a aquaticlife 115 skimmer when i go reef, otherwise my tank stays spotless. to me refugiums and canisters are hyped up. hob filters have always doen the job for me. overkill on the water turn and weekly up keep and your golden.
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My tank is, and will be for the foreseeable future, a FOWLR tank running a HOB. In the basket, I just run Purigen, some 5 micron floss, and a chunk of bulk floss. I do a 15% PWC each week, and rince the two floss pieces in old tank water. All of my parameters are spot on and my fish and inverts are all happy and healthy.
I've heard of purigen. I was wanting to add some additional filtration to my aqueon 5575 but I didn't know if I should get a bag of that or some bio balls/ rings?
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Purigen all the way (along with Matrix and you're golden). BioBalls are nitrate factories.
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Purigen all the way (along with Matrix and you're golden). BioBalls are nitrate factories.
Awesome. So the lr should take care of all the biological filtration needed then?
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