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  1. #11

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    is that due to most SW tanks not using live plants to process nutrients then? Hence the live rock?
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    37G FW - 3 Pearl Gourami, 4 Black Mollies, approximately 20+ Molly Fry, 5 Assassin Snails | 10G Planted FW - 14 Molly Fry, rocks, DW and an Anubias Nana - journal
    "We come from the land of the ice and snow" | "I reject your reality and substitute my own" - Adam Savage | What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
    How to cycle without fishies!

  2. #12

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    Well macro algae is the saltwater equivalent to plants, some folks even do a "planted" marine tank with various types of macro algae. The rock I would use (floridaliverock.com) has many species of macro algae hitch hiking on it not to mention a refugium cultivates macro algae especially chaeto which is a huge nitrate sucker.
    20G High-Tech Planted|50G High-Tech Planted|50G Goldfish Tank|56G Column Low-Tech Planted

    4x75Gs coming soon

  3. #13

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    I am pretty serious about this now...I have done tons of looking at pics and of course making my addiction worse. I have decided on not being interested at all in coral, my goal is more of a nicely scaped pristine fowlr with some nice highly colored fish.

    The issue...I am limited to a 32" space of wall. So the tank needs to be 30"....I can get a 56G column. I am a bit concerned with the height, but having my FW 56G column I have grown to love the cubey shape.

    The shape leads me to be concerned about circulation...Im not sure koralias would do it efficiently but are EcoTechs really worth it? Also could I get away with the MP10 along with a large koralia or should I just bite the bullet and do the MP40?

    Im not really wanting to bother with a sump, I may decide to go with the CPR Aquafuge Small with a HOB skimmer. For skimmer I was contempating the AquaC Remora...which states is good for up to 75G. Would that suffice or should I go with the Pro?

    Also has anyone used the Phosban phosphate reactor HOB?
    20G High-Tech Planted|50G High-Tech Planted|50G Goldfish Tank|56G Column Low-Tech Planted

    4x75Gs coming soon

  4. #14

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    I would suggest getting Aqua C nano without a pump and purchase the Marinland 1200 pump for the skimmer. You will save money on the skimmer and get better performance due to the higher GPH from the pump. That is what I have done for my 40 gallon QT tank when I had 5 smaller tangs in it. It worked great on that set up

    I am using two phosban reactors right now. I would not suggest using them as HOB. Both of mine leak little. Not enough to be noticed, but enough for a whole lot of salt build up on them

    The MPs are said to be great powerheads. Have you considered Tunze powerheads ?
    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
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

  5. #15

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    I had an Ecotech and the best thing about it for me was the fact the motor was on the outside - reducing heat and equipment in the tank. I was also flow adjustable, but I'm sure others are as well.
    If you have issues with your reef tank getting a little too hot (I surely did, especially in the summer) then I would recommend getting the Ecotechs. If you are not, then they are not really worth the extra $ IMO, unless you are one of those gadget reefers who like to program everything to mimic the ocean tides and weather.

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    I am not a real gadget heavy person, I want efficiency but I dont honestly give a crap to mimic ocean tides or program everything together. This will be a FOWLR...however I want it to be the best damn FOWLR I have ever done. I also want to avoid the biggest issue I have ever had in any marine system....deadspots. I want this thing to be a freaking whirlwind of circulation so no debris and deadspot exists anywhere. I have always heard if you wanted to achieve this then MPs were it. However are there pumps which would fullfill my needs and not cause my SO to raise too many eyebrows

    What would you all suggest for optimum water movement?
    20G High-Tech Planted|50G High-Tech Planted|50G Goldfish Tank|56G Column Low-Tech Planted

    4x75Gs coming soon

  7. #17

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    I would suggest a Tunze nano wave box and 3 tunze power heads not controlled by the wave box.

    The wave box will give you water movement thought the tank and around the rocks. They now have a auto set cycle so you don't a computer geek to help you program or set them any more. You just have to try a few of the power settings to get the right size of wave going through the tank.

    The tunze powers are my favorite powerhead as you can even set them at a 90 degree angle from the base giving you all kinds of flow options to help eliminate dead spots. I would say three tunze 625s might be the best

    I used this combination in both my 90 gallon and 120 gallon set-ups with great success. No crud built up anywhere.
    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
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    You can also check out the Jebao WP series... they look like a Tunze but seem to have the same function of the VorTech's. And they won't break the bank. You can find them on Amazon, I'm kicking around giving one a shot for the 20g reef I'm gonna start.

    Do your research on these though I have conflicting reports of their longevity, but there's a ton of clips on youtube of them having great flow, not sure how they'd do in the cube shape of the 56 tho
    55g Long --> After 18mo of doing well the tank crashed during moving. Most likely cause: Flatworm Die-off... won't start another until after moving... Likely not until late 2013

    20g Long --> currently concoting a build plan

    Check out the journal to follow my 20g SW tank

    "Take a chance, because you never know how perfect some things can turn out" -- unknown

  9. #19

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    The Tunze wavebox looks really awesome, however it abd a few poweheads will shatter my circulation budget. I was kind of hoping to squeek in under 300bucks for circulation. I will check those WPs out. I feel the shape of this tank and the fact I plan to do an large stack on the left side of the tank means a wavemaker of some form is necessary.

    What model of Tunze wavebox would you suggest, i assume placement on the right end would be best as the wave would essentially crash into the rock.
    20G High-Tech Planted|50G High-Tech Planted|50G Goldfish Tank|56G Column Low-Tech Planted

    4x75Gs coming soon

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    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
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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