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Old 11-28-2015, 10:59 PM   #1
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I am new to this forum and I have a couple of questions regarding a 75 gallon FOWLR aquarium that we will be setting up soon. Is the 75 gallon Marineland Majesty Esemble a good choice? I have also been looking into sump filters and discovered that most are in the hundreds. Would a canister filter and protein skimmer work okay or is a sump filter a must have? Thanks!
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Old 11-28-2015, 11:10 PM   #2
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you can build a sump at 1/2 the cost of buying a pre-made one
the tank is more about what you like
you can use a canister if you like but be sure it is cleaned frequently to keep down nitrates
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Old 11-28-2015, 11:33 PM   #3
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Thanks for responding so fast! If I were to do a canister filter, would it work to do weekly water changes and siphon it out monthly? Also, would a Reef Octopus 100-HOB protein skimmer work? And for the water changes, how much water would I take out of the tank? Thanks for answering all my questions!
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Old 11-29-2015, 11:23 PM   #4
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The definition of a sump is a tank below the main tank. There is no need to buy an expensive acrylic sump with all the chambers etc. Many people use old tanks and many people just use a Rubbermaid bin. Just make sure that the sump can hold enough water (overflow) during a power outage.

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Old 11-29-2015, 11:46 PM   #5
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Ok, thanks for the info on the sump. I have a 5 gallon tank that I am not using. Do you think that would work for a sump? What else would I need?
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5 gallons is really small. I don't think you can fit much equipment in there and it will surely overflow in a power outage. Most people use 20-30 and run about a 25% water level.
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Ok, what other equipment would I need besides the tank?
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Heater, return pump, skimmer. Skimmers are still optional but make sure you leave room for expansion if desired.
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Skimmer, powerheads, heater, rodi(technically not necessary), lights, overflow box or drill the tank.


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Thanks! What are good skimmers and powerheads to look into?
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