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Hi all,


I am a newbie to reefing and have had a tank up for 2 1/2 months. Currently I have a 20 gallon tall tank with 3 fish (Ocellaris Clown, Banggai Cardinalfish, Yellow Watchman Goby), cleaner shrimp, a Maxima clam and a few snails. I also have some coral (Kenya tree, mushrooms, ricordia, goniopora, candy cane, and frogspawn).


I am running a Aquatic life 24" T5 4x24 Watt lights


35lbs Live Rock


2x Koralia Powerhead total around 700gph


My parameters are:


sp grav 1.024

Ph 8.2

Nitrate 5

Phos 0

Calcium 480

Nitrite 0

KH 9

Ammonia 0


I am running a Aqua C Remora protein skimmer with Maxijet 1200 as well as a Aqueon Power Filter 20. I am expecting to get a reactor from BRS to run GFO and Carbon. I was wondering if it is needed to use the power filter? It is taking up room in the back and would like any input. Thank you.




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Not at all. In fact it may do more harm than good. Just make sure you have plenty of live rock and flow.


Edit: it looks like the filter is your main source of flow. I'd take out the filter and add a power head or two. I recommend a koralia nano, the 400ish gph version.

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Once you have the reactor, the HoB filter will be redundant. Stuff it with chaeto and put a submersible LED in it.


Now you has a fuge!

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