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So basically from the picture you can see my tank. And the only filtration I have running on it is a Aqueon 55/75 system. No skimmer, no refugium, no wet/dry & etc... The only other thing I have in my tank is a heater. But, I keep up with my water changes and maintenance on my tank. So far I have only ran into a small GHA problem and that is about it. I feel like I might be lacking some filtration but, I see a lot of other people with similar setups that do fine. Am I worrying too much or should I look into something better as far as filtration? Any recommendations? Aquaclear 110 with fuge? Fluval G3? HELP!!! :o :o :o

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20 gallon long tank
AI SOL's (lights)
2 Vortech MP10 wES
Aqueon 55/75 filter
Aqueon 100W heater

Started tank on 1/16/12


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You're worrying too much. My anglerfish tank doesn't have any filtration whatsoever and the water is clean enough for NPS coral. If you want, an AC110 with chaeto would help draw nutrients out of the water and relieve the burden of water changes. What are your nitrate and phosphate levels. Those will ultimately determine if you need better filtration.

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I had a GHA problem in my biocube a short while. I started using chemi pure and started water changes with RO/DI water. I also pulled out the bioballs. Now I only have my 25 pounds of live rock and live sand. If your water changes are able to keep Nitrates and Phosphates down I would think you are ok.
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You're worrying too much. My anglerfish tank doesn't have any filtration whatsoever and the water is clean enough for NPS coral. If you want, an AC110 with chaeto would help draw nutrients out of the water and relieve the burden of water changes. What are your nitrate and phosphate levels. Those will ultimately determine if you need better filtration.


They are constantly low. 0 ppm across the board all the time. I do water changes as frequent as I can.

I had a GHA problem in my biocube a short while. I started using chemi pure and started water changes with RO/DI water. I also pulled out the bioballs. Now I only have my 25 pounds of live rock and live sand. If your water changes are able to keep Nitrates and Phosphates down I would think you are ok.


Yeah I figured so. But, I want to make sure my corals can grow big and healthy. I don't want to cut corners.

20 gallon long tank
AI SOL's (lights)
2 Vortech MP10 wES
Aqueon 55/75 filter
Aqueon 100W heater

Started tank on 1/16/12


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They are constantly low. 0 ppm across the board all the time. I do water changes as frequent as I can.

Then the only benefit of adding chaeto would be so that you wouldn't have to do as many water changes or so you could add another fish. Water changes are always better than equipment IMO so if it's working, keep doing what you're doing

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Then the only benefit of adding chaeto would be so that you wouldn't have to do as many water changes or so you could add another fish. Water changes are always better than equipment IMO so if it's working, keep doing what you're doing


Protein skimmer? Anything I would need to add?

20 gallon long tank
AI SOL's (lights)
2 Vortech MP10 wES
Aqueon 55/75 filter
Aqueon 100W heater

Started tank on 1/16/12


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Protein skimmer? Anything I would need to add?

I'm not a big fan of skimmers. If anything, add some chaeto. But chaeto dies if it doesn't get enough nutrients so you may run into that problem

You're the type of man who passes by sports illustrated and grabs encyclopedia brittanica when you take a dump, huh?

Did someone mention Alto ???
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I'm not a big fan of skimmers. If anything, add some chaeto. But chaeto dies if it doesn't get enough nutrients so you may run into that problem


Looking at my setup so far what skimmer would you recommend? I don't have a lot of options due to the fact I don't have a sump or anything. But, what would you put on your 20 gallon?

20 gallon long tank
AI SOL's (lights)
2 Vortech MP10 wES
Aqueon 55/75 filter
Aqueon 100W heater

Started tank on 1/16/12


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I'm not a big fan of skimmers. If anything, add some chaeto. But chaeto dies if it doesn't get enough nutrients so you may run into that problem



Ooops read your comment wrong. :lol:

20 gallon long tank
AI SOL's (lights)
2 Vortech MP10 wES
Aqueon 55/75 filter
Aqueon 100W heater

Started tank on 1/16/12


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Your tank looks awesome...stop worrying :D

Just keep up with your water changes.

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I don't have any filtration at all I just do weekly water changes, everything is perfect

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I run a eshopps psk-100 HOB and it works great.
Im glad all of that dark sludge is being removed from the water.

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