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58 Galon FOWLR Filtration ?

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Schottman

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Hello I am setting up my first FOWLR tank and am interested in what the best setup would be a skimmer and a sump or a refugium box uvsterilizer and so on.

Thanks

Dave
 

Ray Pollett

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Schottman said:
Hello I am setting up my first FOWLR tank and am interested in what the best setup would be a skimmer and a sump or a refugium box uvsterilizer and so on.

Thanks

Dave
There is no one best way. There are many ways that work for different people. Refug are good. I do not use UV sterilizers, sumps or protien skimmers. I use Emperor 400 filters. But everyone, except my customers; say I'm crazy.

Ray
 

NeilsReef

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Different tank set ups for different folks. Personally I prefer acrylic tanks (people that like glass, please don't hate me). Also I like to have a sump and a protein skimmer. I like to have the heater, protein skimmer and etc. in the sump, this way my tank has more room for live rock and corals. My powerheads are in my tank for the needed circulation to reduce dead spots. This is my simplistic approach, there are a thousand others out there aswell.

I am in the process of building a 100+ gallon system that is anything but simplistic. Thanks to Nikki and others at RF I will more than likely be attempting the plumbing nightmare called the closed loop. Along with many other fun stuff that my future SPS buddies will like. It will be a great learning experience, I am attempting to figure it all out on paper first, then I plan to build it right after the summer ends. I can't wait!

Schottman, I wish you the best.
 

DonW

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IMO a FOWLR should be treated just like any other reef system. You have all the same problems associated with a reef.
If my system was FOWLR I would want to see all the coraline growth and for the sake of the fish the water should be near pestine.
I would use a skimmer and sump type set-up just to hide all the gizmos. Your live rock will do alot of the filtering just like a reef. You will need to keep calcium up to get good coraline growth on the LR. You still need to top off the system, so you might use kalk to kill two birds with one stone. Actually three because it will precip phos.
Although you will be able to downsize on just about everthing (skimmer, lighting , circulation). I personally would'nt change a thing in my system to go FOWLR.

My .02
Don
 

bradreef

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can't beat the skimmer and sump. I think neilsreef has the right Idea. The only problem with really strong water movement that is associated with the reef is that some of the fish such as puffers and lions prefer less current. The hang on filters work for really cheap but you can run into long term problems if you load the tank heavy and dont remove nitrates because they are great at fitlering but even better at producing nitrates.
 
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