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Old 05-06-2011, 11:04 AM   #1
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What would be the best filter for a 55 gallon FOWLR
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Old 05-06-2011, 11:08 AM   #2
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Since I don't have room for a sump I use a fluval 305 on my 55g reef and a protein skimmer.
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if you don't have room for a sump which I did not either at one point use to run a fluval 405 on mine... i use to put only carbon in it..gave me super clear water
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Also had a HOB skimmer
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Old 05-08-2011, 01:34 PM   #6
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if you don't have room for a sump which I did not either at one point use to run a fluval 405 on mine... i use to put only carbon in it..gave me super clear water
I don't have room for a sump but is that a canister filter? I was told canister filter arnt good for saltwater and I was also told a skimmer isn't needed if I do a FOWLR
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If you maintain your canister you don't have to worry about nitrates building up inside which is one of their known drawbacks.

If you keep up on your pwc's and stay fowlr you should be ok without a skimmer.
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yup... I never had any issues with nitrates when I was running a canister for almost a year... Like carey said just make sure you perform regular maintnance and it should be fine... I personally would rather go with a canister then the hang on back type filters
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Agreed. It's a much cleaner look and its easier maintenance imo. I take it apart every other month now, I used to clean out the fluval every month but there was never anything in it really. lol

I'm currently testing at 0 trates and have been using the canister for a few months.
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Since I don't have room for a sump I use a fluval 305 on my 55g reef and a protein skimmer.
Hey carey I'm not being judgmental or anything but isn't fluval 305 abit small for a 55 gallon? Ermm just wondering. XD
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