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Sacrophyton
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PostPosted: 2007.07.12(Thu)18:08    Post subject: filtration for a 50G Reply with quote

Would a coralife super skimmer for up to 65g, a rainbow lifegard FB-300 fluidized bed filter, 2 pounds of live rock, and 2 maxijet 600 powerheads be enough for a 50 gallon aquarium without a sump in terms of filtration. I would keep the bioload relativly low.
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Michael L.
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PostPosted: 2007.07.12(Thu)18:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

2 lbs. of live rock is nowhere near sufficient IMO. I would aim for more like 50.
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PostPosted: 2007.07.12(Thu)18:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked fifty!!!! I'm not sure how much live rock I have in my nano... and live sand... if I put that in, some supplement live rock and about 35 pounds of base rock, what then?
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PostPosted: 2007.07.12(Thu)19:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

Way too small of a skimmer...it might handle a 20 gallon tank. You will need a lot more live rock, 1 lb per gallon is good. The fluidized bed is old technology...it will house plenty of bacterial but will also become a nutrient sink and just isn't needed. Good flow, good skimming and plenty of live rock is the basis for a healthy tank.
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Sacrophyton
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PostPosted: 2007.07.12(Thu)20:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

what about an aquaC remora skimmer? I found one online for $163.
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PostPosted: 2007.07.13(Fri)23:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be a better choice but about the max of what I would use a Remora on. I am running an Urchin on my 58 but it has almost no bioload and is powered by a mag 3.
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PostPosted: 2007.07.14(Sat)20:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, thanks. it's even better because my mom doesn't wan't a fifty gallon fish tank in the living room. Rolling Eyes but I did find a 40 gallon breeder tank, ldit's very wide and long, and not that tall. so it (the remora) should be close to it's max capabilitys, but not over. thanks again!
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