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Old 11-10-2005, 01:51 PM   #1
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Best SW filter

I am just starting a saltwater aquarium and i was wondering what type of filter to use??
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Old 11-10-2005, 01:55 PM   #2
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Well if you are planning to use wet/dry filtration I would go with the Pro Clear Aquatics filter line. If you are looking at canister filtraton I would go with an Ehiem Pro II or Ehiem Pro. If you want a simple HOB powerfilter I would go with an Aqua Clear 500.
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Old 11-10-2005, 03:20 PM   #3
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The right filter really depends on the livestock within your tank and the tank size. I'm more preferreably to incorporate multiple filters within my Aquarium. I currently have in my aquarium:

-Marineland Emperor Bio-wheel 400 H.O.T. Power Filter
-Marineland Emperor Bio-wheel 280 H.O.T. Power Filter
-Marineland Penguin 1140 Powerhead Connected to Penn Plaxx Undergravel Filter
-Marineland Penguin 1140 Powerhead Connected to Penn Plaxx Undergravel Filter
-Fluval 304 Canister Filter

Many people are against undergravel filters however, I have been running this setup and my water is almost good enough to drink. If I minused the salt that it. Plus I have a Volitan Lionfish, Starry Puffer and a Snowflake Moray Eel which are all heavey waste produces.
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Old 11-10-2005, 04:26 PM   #4
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What works for me is lots of live rock and water flow

I dump the water out of the overflow, thru a sponge-dacron filter, thru Bio-Balls, then sucked up thru a Protein skimmer, and back into the tank. That's all !!!

I have a 75 gal tank, about 150# of LR

Water is 0's on the NO2 NO3 and Ammonia, trace of Phos, 8.4 pH, Ca 9.5

Coraline and fan worms are growing like crazy.

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Did I mention lots of live rock and water flow ?

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Definitely live rock. But alittle help from science and technology wouldn't hurt. I also have live rock. Not much but I intend on purchasing more very soon.
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Old 11-10-2005, 07:18 PM   #6
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First you need to tell us a little about what you want, fish only, reef? Size of tank your looking at and do you plan on a sump, wet/dry or just a tank with some hang on back filters.
Live rock is a must have in any tank a min of 1lb per gallon is a good start. Sand bed and no crushed coral is the new school of thought. Underground filters are Old school and are known to trap waste over time and cause problems.
Give us some ideas on what your looking to have and we can better answer your questions.
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Old 11-10-2005, 10:04 PM   #7
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30 gallon reef tank. Im not sure weather to use a HOB filter, canister or Wet dry?
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You forgot or sump. It all depends on what kind of money you want to spend. If the tank is not drilled then you will either need to get it drilled or buy a overflow box if you plan on a sump or wet/dry. If you go that route I say go with sump over w/d.
I like the canister over the HOB filters if you go that way.
Its your choice so go with what you can afford and what you can maintain.

forgot.... The sump is a great place to hide the skimmer, heater, carbon and it adds water volume which helps make the tank more stable.
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The tank isn't drilled but i want the filter that is goin to work the best for me, i want to do it right so i dont care about the $$$
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I would not get any filtration at all except for a good skimmer.
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