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  1. Default Looking for some advice

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    I had a Mbuna 55 gallon setup for about 5 years and decided to get rid of it to build a reef tank... That tank lasted about 2 years before the cost and amount of time needed, and difficulty to move made it no longer an option. I really miss having my cichlids now. So I'm thinking of starting another tank. I plan on soaking the reef rock I had to remove the salt, they dried out over 2 months ago and are nice pieces. I used river rock last time and it was overly heavy.

    My biggest issue is I no longer have my 100 gallon canister filter I had last time and instead I have a HOB skimmer. The thing holds 5 gallons of water and is superb for oxygenation. I was wondering if it is viable to use as a filter. I know it won't behave like a protein skimmer would in salt water, but I think in theory it would work quite well if media was put into the correct areas.

    It looks like that. Minus the venturi.

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    It might work.

    Maybe you could try selling your skimmer and use the money to get a good used FW filter. Craig's list and/or E-bay usally has some pretty deals on used canister and HOB filters that might be a little more efficient that rtying to use a skimmer
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
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    I have a bio wheel style hob rated for a 55 but last time I used it I ended up with green water. I really wanted to avoid having to sell the skimmer for another piece of gear because it is really low profile compared to my last canister. Plus the added water volume the skimmer has.

    I mean I suppose I could try it on a fishless cycle with ceramic noodles and/or bioballs and add activated carbon. If it doesn't work then I just clean it up and sell it.

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    I think it would work well as a bio filter. Fill it up with bioballs. One of the 2 filters on my 90 is a h.o.t magnum canister and it is full of plastic army men (they work like bioballs). It works great as a bio filter.

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