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Old 01-24-2011, 02:48 PM   #1
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I am curious what to put in to a hang on filter. I am running two of them and dont know if should have the standard carbon blue inserts, in them? any suggestions on what to put in them for best results?
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Old 01-24-2011, 02:54 PM   #2
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What size tank? is this salt water?

you are running two filters? any skimmers?
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I have just turned my 55g tank into a salt water tank. I would like to do a reef tank. Yesterday I filled the tank with 30lbs of dry sand and 20lbs of live sand, 15lbs of live rock, and salt water. I plan on adding 20 more lbs of live rock this weekend and a couple sails and sand shifters. i will provide some picture of my setup soon. i'm running no sump, just two hang on filters that were on my freshwater setup, a decent size protein skimmer, one large heater, and two power heads.
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All I use is carbon and filter sponge. Remember to clean your filter often tho or you will get spike of nitrites
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for carbon - do you use the blue slid in cartriges or the bag?
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I use the bags. Never used the slide ins
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Old 01-24-2011, 04:27 PM   #7
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You do not need the filters if you are running a skimmer.

You may want to add another smaller powerhead. I would add the other 20lbs of LR and wait a week before adding any inverts.
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Is it to much with two filters and a skimmer? Or does it just help move and clean the water?
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When it comes to saltwater there is really no such thing as to much filtration.
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if you have a HOB skimmer id definitely keep the two HOB filters running. as for media you dont need much besides some filter floss and your choice of media whether it be carbon, purigen, chemipure, etc.


and yeah, there really isnt such a thing as too much filtration.
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