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Old 02-24-2005, 02:21 AM   #11
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http://www.csd.net/~cgadd/aqua/wetdry.htm

This is a top notch site with very clear instructions on making your own wet/dry filter just in case anyone else needs it.
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Old 02-24-2005, 08:51 PM   #12
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I would skip the wet dry just make a sump and get 60-70 lbs of Lr as your filtration. Use the sump as a place for skimmer, heater and extra water.
W/D will only build up nitrate over time. Look int to making you own sump like SS says. No need to bioballs if you get enough LR for filtration.
I have a 55 fowlr and have old W/D with the balls taken out... I have my skimmer, heater and return pump in there. Have the tank drilled in both upper corners and I have a 20 fuge next to the tank.... Love this setup.....
If I had it to do over again I would look into a 75 or 90... thinking of upgrading to a 90 or 120 now..
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I think I am going to have 40lbs of lr, with lr rubble in the wet/dry system instead of bioballs. That should be plenty of filtration even for a 75g right? (I'm thinking of getting a bigger one.) I want to have a dwarf lionfish, a yellow tang and maybe a couple more.
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Just make sure that the LR rubble is under water 100% of the time. You can always go with base rock underneath your LR and have your LR seed the base to make it live. 60lbs of CA based rock from www.hirocks.com is only like $80 shipped! 8O Good quality stuff, looks just like the LR but w/o any coraline or growth. It's gonna be fun watching it grow!!
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Old 02-26-2005, 05:09 PM   #15
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I want to have a dwarf lionfish, a yellow tang and maybe a couple more.
whoa, bad mix. Tangs are reef species and herbivores, require a LOT of macroalgae, nori, and vegetables (My friend feeds his cukes even) and lionfish are messy messy predators. Lions muck up the water, tangs require high water quality and a LOT of space. Yellows can be housed in 60 gal reef tanks, but 100+ is much more advisable. Now triggers are often just as colorful and much more compatible than tangs with lionfish. So are groupers, eels, and angels. Research is your friend, better to go slow with no casualties than charge in and lose fish and cash on poorly planned exuberance. HTH! With patience and knowlege, you will get just as hooked on this as the rest of us!
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