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Old 12-30-2006, 06:06 PM
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Filtration for a 20G tank

I have decided to set up a 20G reef tank. It will be my FIRST SW tank and I'm very excited about it.

I visited Fish Town again today and found a 24G Nano tank. That was the tank I was originally planning to get. But I don't like the dimension of the tank. So a 20G high is my pick.

So what type of filtration system should I get for the 20G? or do I really need one? I'm going to use R.O 100%. Maybe filtration is not important?
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Old 12-30-2006, 06:14 PM
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when I was looking at nanos, I checked out sapphire aquatics, they make skimmers that fit into Nanocubes, Biocubes and aquapods without having to make modifications. they also make a HOB skimmer/fuge http://www.sapphireaquatics.com/stor...&products_id=5

from the reading I did, I was often told since those tanks are so small that skimmers and such werent as much a need since they were soo small, but with this Id imagine you'd be better off than not having anything while also keeping it simple. they're out of stock now but i wrote them before and they said they were working on making more
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Old 12-30-2006, 06:46 PM
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I heard some negative feedbacks about these small Overhead Skimmers. They dont work that well compare to the bigger ones.

I want to keep everything as simple as I can. Maybe I can buy a OH filter and put some filter pads or bio-balls in it? Or maybe add some LR in the filter?
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Old 12-30-2006, 06:57 PM
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Im sure any HOB skimmer isnt gonna work as good as a standard sized skimmer, but I've seen alot of people on Nano-Reef.com that have it and seem to like it. besides what sapphire aquatics and nanotuners.com has, others seem to just do like 4G water changes a week and dont have any other equipment.
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Old 12-30-2006, 07:00 PM
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So do I get less w/c if I have that skimmer installed on my tank? That skimmer is cost $90.
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Old 12-30-2006, 07:46 PM
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are you getting a nano, or just a 20G tank?
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Old 12-30-2006, 08:00 PM
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You should have a skimmer... some advanced aquarists have small skimmerless tanks, but do water changes to constantly add clean water. For a 20g you won't need a huge skimmer, but you should get a good one.
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Old 12-30-2006, 08:04 PM
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Blue02..

I'm just getting a 20G tall tank. Not Nano.

Digital..

Which skimmer would you recommend?
Why skimmer works better any filters on SW tank?
I used to have canister filter and OH filters for my Fresh water tanks. They worked fine..

Can anyone explain? Thanks
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Old 12-30-2006, 08:36 PM
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If you have a sump, you'll want an in sump skimmer, otherwise you'll get a hang on. Skimmer's work on saltwater due to the higher density of the water.

Here's an overview:
http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/20...ture/index.php
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Old 12-30-2006, 08:50 PM
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Thanks for the link. Which brand would you recommend? Some of the hangon skimmers can be used for an aquarium up to 100+ gallon. Would it be too big for my 20g tank?
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