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  1. xtreme

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    guys do you need a skimmer when you only want a coral only setup?
    What will you recommend for a 120cmLx55cmH (water level at 50cm)x 55cmW coral only tank housing LPS and SPS

    Lights?
    Hardware?
    Flow pumps?
    Return Pumps
    Sump size?

    NO fish, only hermits and snails and shrimps
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    you need some food in the tank.
     
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    ok, get that, the DT is 330ltr and say the sump is 150ltr, will TS1 be ok for this, there will not be that much food as with fish
     
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    there will also be 10% water changes weekly, I can add
     
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    mmmmm.. Maybe just add one small fish then do a mesh mod on the skimmer.. Or another option could be to just feed the tank with reef snow etc.. but I reckon you will still need a skimmer.. There are guys who have amazing tanks with no skimmer but rely on large water changes
     
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    I'm not sure I'd say you definitely need to feed the tank. Depends what you want to keep... And decent water changes could compensate for micronutrients etc.... I ran a coral only tank for ages with no inputs at all - just top ups and it was a DREAM!! :)
     
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    @Dane did you run a skimmer? I just think it's pointless to buy an expensive skimmer that's not going to skim, maybe a cup a month but water changes should take care of that.
     
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    I did not run a skimmer. It was a softy tank tho. Mushrooms, gsp, xenia and a tiiny fungia frag. Just two 15w cfl lights too! Hehehe.
     
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    @Dane - which tiny fungia frag did you not feed?
     
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    Hahaha! Bust! Theres only one fragger I know nutty enough to take a dremel to a big healthy beautiful fungia! :D
    That was only for the shortest of time tho! It is being nicely fed now! Heee hee heee
    *scampers away in shame....
     
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    I am watching you
     
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    yes it can be done no issues as you will have shrimps and hermits in there. and a few pellets couple times a week will be more than enough. No need for big skimmer TS1 should be fine
    Lights - 6*54W as you want sps and lps
    Hardware - all the normal that you would need for a normal reef
    Flow pumps - as above i would say 2*mp40 would be perfect
    Return Pumps - as per hardware
    Sump size - as per hardware
     
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