Does anyone REALLY run their tank with

Discussion in 'New to Reefing' started by nensley, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. nensley

    nensley

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    Messages:
    85
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    North Carolina
    no sump, no filter, just live rock and a skimmer (and powerheads of course)? I appreciate everyone's help so far and the suggestions. Most have suggested I either get rid of that dumb Whisper filter or just run it empty for water movement. Since it was causing a ridiculous amount of salt creep I took it off. I have plenty of water movement between two powerheads and my skimmer. All of my parameters are fine. All seems well. Oh, and I am buying my water for changes from my LFS. They sell it already made up for--get this-- 35 cents per gallon. Even though I have to drive 40 minutes it is soooooo worth it and I can do a water change in 10 minutes! Love it!

    Back to my original question. Does anyone here really run their tank like I am and are you successful at it? I just had so much trouble in the beginning and now that things are going well, I am waiting for a bomb to drop, KWIM? Encourage me please. Thanks!

    If you think I need anything please tell me! Thanks!
     
    nensley, Aug 30, 2007
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. nensley

    hibye

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2007
    Messages:
    2,667
    Likes Received:
    133
    Location:
    PA USA
    well if you have a good skimmer one for maybe 40 or more you should be fine and that is a great deal already made my lfs sells five gal.s for 20
    $
     
    hibye, Aug 30, 2007
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. nensley

    Doc I don't work for anybody

    Joined:
    May 6, 2006
    Messages:
    5,404
    Likes Received:
    527
    Location:
    UT
    I would add a physical filter, even a HOB for your 29 would be fine.

    -Dr Marco :sfish:
     
    Doc, Aug 30, 2007
    #3
  4. nensley

    hibye

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2007
    Messages:
    2,667
    Likes Received:
    133
    Location:
    PA USA
    also you might want to try a uv for the algea
     
    hibye, Aug 30, 2007
    #4
  5. nensley

    nensley

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    Messages:
    85
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    North Carolina

    Thanks. What filter do you recommend? I keep hearing the whisper is crap for a saltwater.
     
    nensley, Aug 30, 2007
    #5
  6. nensley

    Bifferwine I am a girl

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Messages:
    46,915
    Likes Received:
    5,888
    Location:
    Lynnwood, WA and missing Tucson, AZ
    I have a sump. But the only kind of filtration I have is a skimmer. No other filters, no canisters, nothing else. Except for a phosphate reactor. Which doesn't contain phosphate media, it contains nitrate media.
     
    Bifferwine, Aug 30, 2007
    #6
  7. nensley

    yote Ceritfied Mantis Hunter Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2006
    Messages:
    26,996
    Likes Received:
    3,868
    Location:
    Ringgold,Ga
    All i'm running on my 30 is a seaclone 100,,YES I said seaclone 100.
    But all thats in the there is about 15 pounds of LS one seahorse and a little 1 1/2" mantis shrimp.There might be maybe 5 pounds of rock in it.
     
    yote, Aug 30, 2007
    #7
  8. nensley

    Piggy

    Joined:
    May 27, 2007
    Messages:
    3,517
    Likes Received:
    484
    Location:
    Elkridge, MD
    If you have a good skimmer you really shouldn't need a filter with the live rock. What do you have in your tank?
     
    Piggy, Aug 30, 2007
    #8
  9. nensley

    nensley

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    Messages:
    85
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    North Carolina
    A Prizm that is working very well!
     
    nensley, Aug 30, 2007
    #9
  10. nensley

    reeffreak

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2007
    Messages:
    11,316
    Likes Received:
    2,078
    Location:
    Clarksville,Tn
    I ran a 72g. for about 5 years with only a skimmer,live rock and powerheads.
    It can certainly be done and be done well.I would keep the whisper handy for running some carbon on a part time basis.
     
    reeffreak, Aug 30, 2007
    #10
  11. nensley

    Doc I don't work for anybody

    Joined:
    May 6, 2006
    Messages:
    5,404
    Likes Received:
    527
    Location:
    UT
    I am a fan of using a sump. I used to have 2 HOB Biowheels and it worked, but my tank looks so much cleaner with a sump. Run carbon to keep the water clean, even if it only part time. I also recommend a UV.

    -Dr Marco :sfish:
     
    Doc, Aug 30, 2007
    #11
  12. nensley

    Bifferwine I am a girl

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Messages:
    46,915
    Likes Received:
    5,888
    Location:
    Lynnwood, WA and missing Tucson, AZ
    Not to mention, the sump hides all your equipment and makes it much easier to do water changes!
     
    Bifferwine, Aug 31, 2007
    #12
  13. nensley

    nensley

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    Messages:
    85
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    North Carolina
    What's a UV?
     
    nensley, Aug 31, 2007
    #13
  14. nensley

    Bifferwine I am a girl

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Messages:
    46,915
    Likes Received:
    5,888
    Location:
    Lynnwood, WA and missing Tucson, AZ
    UV sterilizer. Uses UV to sterilize the water that passes through it. Good if you are having major algae or parasite problems that you can't seem to fix any other way. But not necessary.
     
    Bifferwine, Aug 31, 2007
    #14
  15. nensley

    Doc I don't work for anybody

    Joined:
    May 6, 2006
    Messages:
    5,404
    Likes Received:
    527
    Location:
    UT
    If you have Tangs, it is a necessity. I also think it makes the water clearer. Nothing does a number on Ich like a UV steralizer. IMHO.

    -Dr Marco :sfish:
     
    Doc, Aug 31, 2007
    #15
  16. nensley

    jayb123

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2007
    Messages:
    24
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    New Jersey
    I had the same type of set up when I started and got really bad results and lost A Lot of fish. My Amonia Levels went up and the water was disgusting with no filtration. The power heads only cycle the water threw so much. I added a sump with a sock filter and have had no problems as of yet, my levels have been perfect. I would defenietly suggest more circulation even if it is just a canister filter with no media. I am not a fish expert, this is my personal experience.
     
    jayb123, Aug 31, 2007
    #16
  17. nensley

    Rcpilot

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2007
    Messages:
    3,968
    Likes Received:
    404
    Location:
    Melbourne, FL
    I am running a CPR HOB refugium on my 30g reef. I have a little bitty Current Nano skimmer. And I have 2 powerheads that put out 120GPH each.

    I was running a HOB canister for the initial setup and tank cycling, but I removed it yesterday.

    All I got now is the refugium and 2 powerheads. :shock:

    I have 27 pounds of live rock in my tank. About 1 pound of live rock in my refugium. A clump of cheatomorpha algea in my refugium that started out about the size of your fist and it now about the size of a large grapefruit.

    I'm planning to get more live rock soon. I want minimum 60 poundsw of live rock. My goal is 90 pounds.
     
    Rcpilot, Aug 31, 2007
    #17
  18. nensley

    Slumlord

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2007
    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Tucson, AZ
    So you're telling me i can get rid of the dreadful hob I'm using and just stick with my canister and my skimmer? Oh, and I also have about 55lbs of live rock on a 45 gallon tank :)
     
    Slumlord, Sep 4, 2007
    #18
  19. nensley

    Bifferwine I am a girl

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Messages:
    46,915
    Likes Received:
    5,888
    Location:
    Lynnwood, WA and missing Tucson, AZ
    With enough live rock, all you need is a good skimmer and some powerheads.
     
    Bifferwine, Sep 4, 2007
    #19
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.