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  1. Marine4Life

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    Hi all

    So im in the process of starting a new tank which will be 1.2m x0.6m x 0.6m.

    I have all the neccessary equipment like skimmer, sump, lights, return pump etc.

    What i would like to know is that im thinking of buying a phosphate, nitrate and carbon reactor. Which one would you buy first or are they all as important as the other. Is only 1 maybe required, or all?

    Would like your input on this.
     
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  3. Mike

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    Just get the phos reactor, the nitrate reactor isn't necessary unlesxyou run a heavy fish load, with a sensible approach to fish and feeding you won't need one. Carbon could be added to an empty external filter (loosely packed in a filter bag)
     
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    what carbon would be the best to use?
     
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    I think it's called activated carbon, but it is the usual carbon found only in the LFS:)
     
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    any kind or is there a sertain brand of name?
     
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    There's quite a few brands Rowa carbon for one, but see if some of the more local fellas can help out with names of local brews;)
     
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    You can get a small canister filter and run carbon and Chemi pure or purigen in it, or one of the Po4 removers.
     
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    thanks guys
     
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    worth noting that the phos remover is at least 4 times more efficient than in an external filter.
     
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    I agree :thumbup1:
     
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    Does the carbon reactor not make your water look crystal clear?
     
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    correct
     
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    So it would be good to get a phosphate and carbon reactor.

    Tell me for a 500l system, what is the prices that i would pay for these two reactors
     
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    Oh, yes


    I got both of mine 2nd hand for R150 and R200. New I would think probably double the price or more.
     
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    to be honest, carbon is great, BUT, you could run it well enough in an external fitler - much cheaper than another reactor.
     
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    Or even a stocking
     
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    Yes,and also removes toxins from the water.
     
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