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Old 06-12-2011, 10:55 PM   #1
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Newb Filtration Question

Hi all. I'm new to the forum, so I apologize if this has been asked and addressed before. Basically, I have a 55gal setup with live rock, HOB Penguin 350 w/bio-wheels, and just added a protein skimmer. The tank is about 2 months old now and is in good shape, all tests come up normal. I was looking at changing the filtration, but have seen so many bits of conflicting advice around the net and honestly, it leaves me a bit confused. I was looking at adding an overflow box and I already have an extra 10 gal I can use for a sump or what-not. What would be the best way to go for this? I've seen all kinds of advice on bio-balls, sintered glass(Ehfisubstrat Pro), SeaChem Matrix, and pot scrubbies.

At this point the tank has a live sand base, not too deep though. The LR is around 60-70 lbs I would guess. There are currently 2 false percs, 1 dwarf flame angel, 4 chromis, 2 peppermint shrimp, 1 green bubble anemone, and about a dozen hermits. There are no current plans to go reef, but I won't rule that out in the future, I would need to upgrade the lighting though. I currently have a dual T5 with a 10k and actinic.

My ultimate goal is to get rid of the HOB and move the skimmer(currently HOB, but can go in a sump) off of the display tank. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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Old 06-13-2011, 02:55 PM   #2
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Just chunk some lr in the sump with the skimmer and heater. And you'll be good to go. A 10g isn't going to be very big so don't try and get too fancy with bubble traps and other things. My first sump was a 29g and I had a bubble trap before the return section, the rest of the sump was for a fuge setup. Worked pretty good till i got a bigger oufit. That's what worked for me, everyone is different though.

Oh yeah, if you haven't researched any, do plenty of that before ever starting any work.
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