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Old 02-12-2013, 01:23 AM   #1
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Which filter would you recommend

For a 26 gallon bow front SW aquarium, only 4 smaller fish, 20lbs of live rock... I currently have a aqueon 30 that came with tank bundle. I know it's not enough. I'm trying to only go with must haves for now. Any recommended possible HOB filtration anyone can recommend

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Old 02-12-2013, 02:55 AM   #2
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Aquaclear HOB filters are pretty good. I also hear a lot of ppl on here saying good things about reef octopus HOBs
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:25 AM   #3
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For that size tank, I would go with an aquaclear 50 or 70. I would run a sponge and some chemipure in it, maybe some purigen if you want too. But rinse it out well every week to prevent nitrate build up.
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Hmm ok ill research all of these. Is there anyway to set this up so water changes are monthly?
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Nope wc are the reefers best friend! Soon as you let that go bad things are sure to follow. At the longest 2 weeks.
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Aqua clear would be good for a 26 gallon? Can I just stick with this and live rock? Would the skimmer be a better option in place of a filter?
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Aqua clear would be good for a 26 gallon? Can I just stick with this and live rock? Would the skimmer be a better option in place of a filter?
For that size a tank the usefulness of skimmers is kinda iffy(especially for FOWLR). I'd just run a HOB with some chemipure and filter floss.
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Awesome thanks. I may get crazy and get the aqua clear 110, I want to safe. As for power heads, is it a must? Someone else recommended nano heads by korila.
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Awesome thanks. I may get crazy and get the aqua clear 110, I want to safe. As for power heads, is it a must? Someone else recommended nano heads by korila.
I would put at least one in there opposite the filter. Koralia makes nice pumps i'd look at the 425. I also like the aqueon nano powerheads.

Remember your bio filter is the rock with the powerhead blowing over it. HOB is mechanical and chemical.
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Wouldn't a sponge buildup nitrates in a tank this size?
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