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Old 02-16-2012, 11:43 PM   #21
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Best filtration for a saltwater tank: lots of live rock, deep sand bed, algae turf scrubber, sump filled with various macro algae and lr rubble, and a skimmer. By far hands down the best natural filtration. But no mater how good your filtration is there is alway a need to change the water. combine all this and you have the best filtration you can get.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:50 PM   #22
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Sumps are way better, but depends on your situation. I also have a smaller tank, I travel, and I move about every 2-3 years. So a sump would just be too much work with all of that!

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I'm in the process of setting up my first SW in a 29gal. I think I have my whole game plan thanks to everyone here and especially you! My last remaining question is I currently have a HOB filter rated for a 30gal. Do you recommend upgrading to a more powerful canister? And would the type of media I use be the same in the HOB and canister? From your previous posts, you suggested: "biomedia, carbon or GFO, filter pads, and filter floss"
I use an aquaclear 50 on my 20g and used the 50 on my 29g tank as well. It's primary purpose is to catch particulate matter and for running any media you need at the time. I use the sponge on the bottom that comes with the filter and half the time run carbon. The rest of the space you can put in GFO and/or bio media rings.

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Old 02-17-2012, 10:18 AM   #23
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Just changed the water, scrubbed, detail vacuumed the rock, rinsed filter media in the tank water.

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Old 02-17-2012, 01:55 PM   #24
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Looks nice I like the aquascaping.
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:40 PM   #25
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Good skimmer,fluval g6 and a Berlin style sump forget the fuge it's not needed !! Tryed many for years ended up with this combo works for me !! Very happy with the g6 if you can afford a $500 canister filter
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:47 PM   #26
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Ok everything's

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looking crystal clear. My inverts are opened and fish seem very happy
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:58 PM   #27
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There is no BEST. Every setup is different. Cannisters have their place as do wet/dry systems.

For my 125 SW the best (or at least what I have) is ~180 pounds of LR with a DSB, sump with skimmer, bio-pellets, and macro algae. I also run GAC occasionally.
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Where's the pics of the inverts? What ones you have in there? And the thrid pic looks like aiptasia
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:02 AM   #29
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Ill get one later its a carpet thats all
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Old 02-18-2012, 10:09 AM   #30
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Where's the pics of the inverts? What ones you have in there? And the thrid pic looks like aiptasia
Inverts are anything without a backbone right?
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