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Old 09-30-2010, 11:03 PM   #1
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Canister or Sump?

Hello, I'm just getting the last bits of information to jump into salt water and was at the LFS today looking at all the different options. I know a lot of people go with a sump but I'm curious about a canister filter (along with a skimmer on both)? Is there an advantage of one over the other? I was heading down the sump path (as per the questions about holes in the tank with my previous post) but wondering if a canister, like a fluval or ehiem, might do the trick as well. I know that people have even used hang off the back power filters but just wondering about the different options. As for my setup I think it's going to be a 120gal with live rock, fish and hope to add corals down the road. Thanks so much...

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First off welcome to AA...

I would deffinetly go with a Sump- You will have more or a natural filteration than a Canister- not knocking canisters but they can house ton of detrius which can cause a Nitrate spike in your system...
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Okay Steve, the first thing to do is to write down what you want. Fish, corals etc. It seems that you are leaning toward a reef system. In that case a sump is what you would need. Cannisters are good for fish only setups and even with a sump you might still get a cannsiter to "Polish up" your water every now and then.
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Sump all the way. Canisters have too many compartments that can trap "junk" and add to nitrates rather than removing them. If you want to polish your water occasionally drop a bag of carbon in the sump where the water flows through it and it will do the job.
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Another vote for sump here.
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Definitely Sump is the way to go. Added water volume is always a good idea.

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Old 10-02-2010, 07:53 AM   #9
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So will a sump actually help keep nitrates down vs a canister? How?
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The sump it`s self wont help to cut down nitrates but the equipment that can go into the sump will help. Like a skimmer or a denitrator. Sumps are for added water volume.
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