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Flow rate in my 55G
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Justin1989
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PostPosted: 2009.04.07(Tue)21:48    Post subject: Flow rate in my 55G Reply with quote

Picking up on my last thread, I have a few more questions this starting off with being the amount of flow in the tank. Unfortunately in my last thread I stated I would be receiving a 90 gallon tank. I was told wrong on the dimensions from the LFS. Hence why I now have my 55 gallon. I am using a coralife super skimmer for 65gallon tanks and below, which seems to be working rather nice. Picking up whats dead from the live sand I have purchased. The sand has settled, water is crystal clear. No live rock as been purchased yet. I am using a lifegard intake/output setup with a hydor L40 pump, which is 775GPH at 0 head however at around 5 head I would assume anywhere from 300-500GPH, my estimate is 400GPH. I have a Koralia 1 which is also pushing around 400GPH, and my skimmer is at 325GPH. So overall I am guessing around 1100GPH for my tank turnover which would come to 20x. Would anyone advise using another koralia? I was also looking at the pentair heater and UV modules for inline addons, get the ugly small things out of the tank. Anyone have any experience with these?
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MarkLehr
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PostPosted: 2009.04.08(Wed)18:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flow sounds fine to me. I see no reason to add more unless the need arises in the future.

I personally use a UV on every marine aquarium I set up. I generally just use a hang on model attached to the sump. Not having it in line makes it easier to replace the bulb, and allows for easy more to a quarantine / hospital tank should the need arise.
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Justin1989
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PostPosted: 2009.04.08(Wed)21:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply! I agree not having one inline would make it easier to replace, however I am thinking maybe just installing a shutoff valve to do replacements and so forth. Will look into it.
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