I figured I did all the required research but I've been running into some issues, thus me asking some new questions.
Recently just got a wet/dry filter for my 40g saltwater tank. I have an 400gph overflow HOB
and a 700gph return, with head it's right at 400 +/- 10 according to the sheet provided with the pump. I'm doing this mainly to improve filtration as well as prevent a lot of stuff hanging on the back, like my power filter and skimmer. Didn't take off my power filter because I know the pad contains beneficial bacteria and I don't want my tank to crash...but could I just move the filter pad from the power filter to the wet/dry and remove the power filter, would this work without harming my bio filter?
The water is too low on the return side to add my heater, wasn't expecting that. I'm a n00b on setting this up but I was able to do it successfully, creating a sihpon for the hob
overflow and getting everything running with no problems. The water level matches with the water level sticker that was placed on the wet/dry which is 4 inches high or so, however, the last few days I've noticed it creeping down, because when you have evaporation it lowers there, right? If so, I'd imagine that if I left for 4 days I'd come back to the return pump and skimmer running dry. Is there a way I can prevent this from happening or raise the water level so that could'nt happen as easily?
Also, if the power goes out, I'd imagine the siphon for the hob
overflow would stop, and in that case once power is returned wouldn't the return just pump all the water up to the tank until it runs dry? These types of things are making me wonder if I should have just purchased a canister, maintenance would be more difficult but I wouldn't have to worry about a lot of other things.
Sorry for asking too many questions, I just want to do this right to get the best quality water for my fish.
This is what it looks like, best photo I could find.
Thanks for your help in advance guys. Any additional advice would be great.