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Hi

Just put water in and obvioulsy cloudy, do i just leave now to settle or  do i put an external filter on to clear up.  It is base rock and live sand.

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Reply #1

I usually just let mine settle, you can use a filter to try and hurry things along

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Reply #2

Agree with Ratvan, you can do either,
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Polyfilter


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Thanks everyone, just put one of usb pump air boxes with polywool in. Dont want to be a pain but i am a newbie to this and it is costing quite a bit of money so i want to get it right.


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Reply #5

Afternoon mate,

If in doubt ask the question, best practice with this place is to read every opinion and find out what works for you..

There are varying levels of expertise here... I’ve no shame in admitting I’m a basic marine aquarist... I know a-bit about everything, but I’ve not studied any area in particular depth

My advice always stemmed from what worked for me and my tank!!

Good luck with the set up, there will be days where you scratch your head, wonder if it’s all worth it, but once you have a stable set up maintenance can be pretty simplistic.. I actually find cleaning the tank therapeutic..

All the best

Al


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Reply #6

Yes leave and turn filler on

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Reply #7

Seems to be clearing up vary nicely, thanks for your help guys.

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Loads better


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Thanks, I'm taking the empty barrells back to LFS tomorrow, with the deposit I left on them I intend to get some test kits, any advice which ones I will need firstly?

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Reply #10

Hi mate,

Out of interest where is your filter??

Are you intending to run an external filter, or sump?

I have the Red Sea Kit, does the basics for me, although I only test occasionally.


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Reply #11

I was going to ask the advice on the filtering side, there is no sump, i was thinking of maybe the external filter and an internal protein skimmer i have bought or could i just get away with the protein skimmer? I was thing the external filter could be used with a bit of filter floss and carbon?

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Hi Mate,

For me a decent filter and skimmer are a must, I know some people on here run tanks without skimmers, having done both i favour a skimmer, seeing what comes out of the cup is enough to tell me it serves a purpose..

I have a rear chamber on my Fluval M90 with a Media Cage, top of cage is Filter wool, with sponge underneath, wool is rinsed out every couple of days changed weekly.. followed by Exxodus Nitryx, followed by Exxodus Phosphyx and then a bag of Carbon underneath..

Horses for course, different things work for different people, though I honestly feel decent filtration is a must!!


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Reply #13

Defo going with the skimmer (ive bought a second hand tunze 9004, so its going in!) but was unsure with the ext filter, its a fluval 206 with 3 media baskets, i was looking at the marine biohome / gravel to put in a couple of the baskets with one free for carbon and or phosphate remover, the other side of he filter with wool / sponge, cleaned out once a week with water change.

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Reply #14

The problem with an external is the maintenance. Because it's quite a lot of effort/mess to open them up, people tend to leave them until they get full of waste and cause algae problems.

You can definitely get away with just using a skimmer as long as you don't overstock the tank and have plenty of good quality porous rock (looks like you have!)


I've got a small tank with no proper sump overflow.  I've tried the following setups over the last few years:

1. internal skimmer only (Tunze 9004)
Worked fine, but nowhere to run carbon, so the water went yellow after a while
2. internal skimmer + external filter (Fluval 306)
Worked fine, but water leaked every time i opened it to clean it so I got lazy and got algae
3. Internal skimmer + sump using syphon overflow (Eshopps PF Nano)
Worked fine, but the overflow caused two leaks and was ocassionally noisy (flushing toilet noise)
4. internal skimmer + hang on back filter (seachem Tidal)
Worked very well.  Easy maintenance, no chance of leak, silent, plenty of room to run carbon etc.

So the last one would be my preference. But skimmer + ext filter will work fine as long as you are comitted to keeping it clean.
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