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Old 11-22-2005, 11:07 PM   #1
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Undergravel Filter question

Is this system sufficient for a salt water settup? and is their any additional things to add or consider.

I have a 180 gallon tank with 5 holes drilled in the bottom (3 for input to the Quiet one pump, and 2 for the exit tubes which are in each back corner and extend to the surface of the tank). I bought a canister system from Rainbow Plastics about 15 years ago. It has 3 sections for the undergravel system which is covered with fine screen. 2 of the canisters are filters filled with carbon in the center. 1 canister is filled with all carbon. And the 4th canister is for the heater.

It has been working great for fresh water fish and now I have set it up for salt water. I have about 2 inches of crushed coral and about 50-60 lbs. of fiji rock and several pieces of coral and many shells. I plan to buy a protein skimmer soon.

I also plan put a wet/dry filter system that I have for a 90 gallon I used to have.

I plan to house hardy fish only. Triggers and whatever can live with them.

I asked the pet store today and he said as long as I use a python in the substate every 3-4 weeks, it should be fine.

I was also wondering if it would be OK to put shells I've had for years from shelling in Florida. I'm sure they are clean and nothing is in them.
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Old 11-22-2005, 11:24 PM   #2
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Cap the holes in the tank and get a better method of filtration. UGFs have not been recommended for keeping aquarium fish for many years now.
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Just say no to UGF. Your wet/dry should be just fine.
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I would also lose the CC and go with sand.
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I say ditch the wet/dry and UGF. Change out the CC for sand and get yourself a good skimmer. You will be much happier, I promise!
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I say ditch the wet/dry and UGF. Change out the CC for sand and get yourself a good skimmer. You will be much happier, I promise!
I don't think 50-60 lbs of LR is enough to filter the 180 by itself, I would keep the wet/dry and fo frequent partial water changes to keep the nitrates in check.
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