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coffeetwitch 12-09-2011 09:01 PM

live rock only filtration?
ive got a 125 gallon tank that im changing over to sw. can i just filter with the lr and power heads until i get a sump in place? or should i use one of my canister filters?

thanks all.

Hondatek 12-09-2011 09:28 PM

I think if you point the powerhead at the rock you can. But if you have to canister laying around i would use it.

coffeetwitch 12-09-2011 10:44 PM

yeah i just hate cleaning the thing.

Hondatek 12-09-2011 10:48 PM

I know how that is. On my current tank I have a cascade 1500 can. Got ride off all floss and just put lr pieces and ceramic rings. It's now just a matter of unhooking it and rinsing the baskets in water taken out for a pwc. Very quick and easy now.

LordErrorprone 12-09-2011 11:38 PM

I have found that a canister filter is only useful for removing large particles or cloudiness.

coffeetwitch 12-09-2011 11:45 PM

how so? nothing for filtering saltwater?

coffeetwitch 12-09-2011 11:58 PM

so one vote so use the canister filter and one for not really needed. anyone else care to throw in an opinion?

LordErrorprone 12-10-2011 12:19 AM

In saltwater the LR takes care of the filtration and carbon shouldn't be used in a reef because it removes things the coral uses. At least in my opinion.

melosu58 12-10-2011 07:55 AM

Live rock with PH`s to push the water around will work fine till you get your sump or fuge. No need for a canister.

oO BRIGHTY Oo 12-10-2011 03:33 PM

I have 2 canisters running on my system, with live rock rubble in one of the compartments, filter floss, carbon and clearmax. My other canister has just a sponge in it as I use it to pump the water through my UV. I understand why people are against canisters but I've had no problems with mine and very good water params

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