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Old 11-02-2004, 08:31 PM   #1
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Need advice for getting started

I have a 90 gallon tank, a Penguin 330 and Emperor 400 hang on filters and a Magnum 350 cannister filter. If I am going to do a salt water set up would it be better to ditch the Penguin and replace it with a PS? Also, I have heard that bio-wheels are almost useless in salt - any input on this? Would large amounts of live rock be more effective for bio filters? I am leaning towards a fish only setup. I've had oscars for quite some time and this will be my first shot at saltwater so any advice would be very welcome! Thanks.

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Old 11-02-2004, 08:45 PM   #2
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First piece of advice is to go out and buy/read The Concious Marine Aquarist


Second biowheels aren't recomeneded becasue they build up bacteria which is usually used to break down nitrites to nitrates, this can cause higher nitrates in the tank.

Not sure i know what a PS is, and defintly use lots of live rock at least 150lbs.
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Old 11-02-2004, 08:48 PM   #3
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Maybe PS=Protein Skimmer
Tank: 55 Gallon
The equipment: Coralife 4x65w (2x10k; 2xActinic), Emperor 400, 2 PH
The Fish: black maroon clown, neon goby, yellow watchman goby, 3 blue-green chromis, royal gramma, and a yellow clown goby.
The Coral: zoos, kenya trees, shrooms, leathers, hammer, and star polyps
The Inverts: LT anemone, pistol shrimp, urchins, etc.
The Janitors: nassarius snails, turbos, hermits, several brittle and serpent stars
The Rock: 68# of Keys-12# Base Rock; from LR.com
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Old 11-02-2004, 08:56 PM   #4
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While I respect the advice of purchasing reading materials, there are plenty of forums (including this site) which has more info than you can shake a stick at. Google for your info. If you dont get anywhere on your own, then in fact, a book may be your best choice. Nothing wrong with it, just hate to see someone spend money on something you can get completely free online. As for your question, You don't mention...This fo, fowlr, reef? What do you intend to keep starting out? In any case I have read mixed reviews, mostly negative, with regards to the bio wheels in a saltwater setting.
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Old 11-02-2004, 10:06 PM   #5
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I agree with you pc. I have never purchased any books and I have found every piece of information that I needed online.
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Old 11-03-2004, 05:44 AM   #6
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I'd like to throw my two cents in here...I found books to be very helpful as well as the advice here and from "experienced LFS experts"...I usually use all three sources for reference and then plan my next move.
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