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Old 11-11-2005, 10:21 AM   #11
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I would look at a LS bed, about 60lbs of LR, good circulation and aggressive skimming. This should meet your filtration needs. If you want to incorperate Mechanical/chemical filtration the Emperor 400 or 280 should work just fine.
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So is my best bet a canister filter for a 30 gallon tank???
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A canister will be fine. It will give you a place to run carbon and floss. Remember to clean it often or it can cause increased NO3.
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A canister will be fine. It will give you a place to run carbon and floss. Remember to clean it often or it can cause increased NO3.

The very reason I run 4 inch sand bed and 50 lbs of rock and a skimmer.

I didn't like dealing with cleaning my hagen powerfilter so I took all the stuff out and added a few pounds of LR.
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So would the canister be the best bet or, a HOB with a power head???
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Filtration, the BEST is live rock.
Your asking more about what the best mechanical filtration is and a Canister is better then a HOB IMO. Again if set up properly you will not need a HOB or Canister filter.
If $$ is not holding you back then a Sump IMO is the way to go, either get the tank back drilled or buy an overflow box to use with a sump.
Min 1 lb per gallon live rock and 35-45 lbs of Live sand or a safe play sand would be your natural filtration.
Power heads are not filtration they just add flow to the tank.
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How about a HOB canister filter??? The one by marineland??
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How about a HOB canister filter??? The one by marineland??
get a good skimmer and skip the canister filter.. JMHO
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I believe the concensus is, don't waste money on filtration devices that are only gong to cause you more maintenance than needed. I as well as many others, I use the this method. I still get strange looks in LFS when I tell them that I use no filtration other than LR, LS and Skimmer.

In a 30 gallon tank, you are going to have more fluctuations in water parameters than say, in the larger tanks, so be careful and test often. Also, water changes are going to be more frequent. at least 45 lbs of live rock should be sufficient and a 20lb bag of special grade reef sand (sand does not have to be very deep) should be good. A good skimmer just as mentioned, will provide the means of getting the DOC's out of the water. So in essence, your Live Rock will be the filter.. The best money can buy....
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