In your chambers?
Posted 23 June 2009 - 11:00 PM
Im new to this forum and to marine kept freshwater for 6yrs decided to take the plunge.Ive got a Boyu T550 my original plan was to let the live rock it self be the main filteration in the system and just have purigen with filter floss and rowaphos in the chambers thats all including the heater and skimmer that is, does this plan seem ok any help would be gr8. Gordy.
Posted 24 June 2009 - 06:34 AM
Posted 24 June 2009 - 09:58 AM
I know a lot of nano -reefers do keep LR in there chambers i feel it could add a build up of nitrate if not cleaned proper in a tight space and if you have enough in main tank the need in chambers i was meaning for media.
Posted 24 June 2009 - 04:46 PM
I would also recommend an inert biomedia when first setting up any nano, as it is undoubtable that you will exceed the limits of the liverock in your stocking of it, especially initially. you have to remember that liverock in the ocean doesnt have that much dissolved nutrient load to deal with and most of the beneficial nitrifying bacteria is killed in the process of curing. your live rock needs to mature along with your aquarium. It is also very easy to control nitrates in such a small environment using water changes so there isnt really a reason not to use biomedia
finally, because most have closed lids and limited circulation i recommend an airstone in one of the rear compartments to increase general oxygen levels.
Posted 24 June 2009 - 05:39 PM
Posted 24 June 2009 - 05:45 PM
No worries Ben its just some many options that other people do things these days its just trying to find out what way works for you i suppose . I just want to do it right first time and not learn by ur mistakes but i bet everyone been there know doubt i will. Thanks again Gordy
Posted 24 June 2009 - 05:50 PM
yeh as you say rubble is as bad as bio balls imo
who said that? I would actually recommend using the bioballs for at least the first part of any nano journey. Such a small environment is far more biologically stable with them in place
Posted 24 June 2009 - 06:12 PM
Posted 24 June 2009 - 06:25 PM
Posted 27 June 2009 - 09:04 AM
CUC is massively important imo, this is natures way of keeping the waste products in balance. I think in my tank there are about 6 hermits, a lot of different snails, breeding shrimps, a large breeding population of brine shrimp, 2 clams, 2 oysters and 2 scallops, plus a sand bed full of worms and mussels tucked away all over the living rock. this mixture of livestock eats spare large food items, recycles the fish and coral waste, filters the water, etc. Keeping them alive is the most important part of keeping my tank running well. Live phytoplankton and microscopic food items seem to be working very well.
Here is a quick pic from the side,
6x2x2 HOME TANK
Posted 27 June 2009 - 11:26 PM
Posted 28 June 2009 - 10:14 AM
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Posted 29 June 2009 - 03:25 PM
Essentially im very much of the opinion in general that standard biofiltration isn't the danger to the reef aquarium that it is made out to be. In a densely stocked nano where water quality with regard to nitrates is easy to maintain using water changes i think that the biomedia will provide a safety net, so to speak, particularly with this being a first saltwater nano. These can be removed at a later date if you so wish.
hope that makes more sense
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