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Discussion in 'Fish Only Tanks, Predator Tanks' started by kingfisher, 17 Oct 2007.

  1. kingfisher

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    hello all, this site is very cool, all the info i need in one place, how conveniant!
    if anyone can answer my question i would be grateful.
    i got a 400L setup which is going to be for fish only. i want to know exactly what to put into my sump. and what negative side effects does having oyster shells in your filter? can you have too many shells in your tank:slayer:
     
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  3. Midasblenny

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    I`d advise you against shells, they trap detritus.
    You`ll need a skimmer, live rock for filtration and perhaps some activated carbon to `clear` the water.
    Obviously heaters and a return pump as well.
     
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    Did you mean empty shells or live oysters, there is a thought back in England, and some of thr reefers are trying with some success in keeping oysters in reef tank as they are good filter feeders.
    The oysters are purchased at the local supermarket fresh fish stall, acclimatised slowly and added wither to the sump or the display, most seem to survive.
     
  5. kingfisher

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    thaks, what other "stuff" can i put in my sump- it looks bare
     
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    You could put a phosphate filter in there, or perhaps some macro algae to export some nasties, if it's big enough, why not stick on a diving board to keep the kids happy;)

    Do you want to run U/V? that would go in, can't think of anything else at the mo' will get back to you.
     
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    You could if space allows dedicate an area for a refuge, ie where macroalgae grow and thereby removing nutrients. This area needs to be lit and best at night when your main systems lights are off.
     
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    Kingfisher,

    Look at this

    and

    this

    You might get a few ideas.
     
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    Thanks All,big Help
     
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    With a fish only tank could you run a sump with fillter flos, bio ball and ceramics (cleaned on a regular basis) and macro. algea.
     
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    Yes I have seen some tanks run on that,ive even seen a reef run on that,there is one in xotics that only runs on ceramics,but its not adviseable as its hard to keep clean and you get debri buildup in you ceramics that blocks their porius holes,I also used it and it worked but wont advise it myself
     
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    Put loads of LR in your sump, best filtration around and will increase production of fish food: isopods etc.
     
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    in my sump i run a skimmer, nitrate reducer, phosphate remover, carbon and good old bioballs. it seems to work for me
     
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    Hello KingFisher - a Very WARM welcome to MASA!
     
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