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biopellets will be no good it an external filter and the mulm coming of the pellets need to be directed at intake on skimmer to be skimmed out of the water so they need to be in there own reactor and when ever you pull the filter apart it will disturb the bacteria colony on them.Live rock is also the main biological filtration I also have biohome media in sump that's something you could run in an external.
Ok thanks. Read a bit more. So, could I; run a sump with heater and skimmer. Instsll wavemaker and live rock - job done?
Hi Andy Omg drilling!? That's done it then. I'll stick to tropical. Not gonna drill the tank.Guess I need a marine tank then.. suggestions.
My reef tank is < £500 all in, but I just use an internal filter, powerhead & skimmer. No sump or external filter. I'd recommend a sump if you can, and my next tank will have a sump but I wasn't in a position to commit that kind of cash to it yet.
Is there a reason for that? I'm always impressed with what seemingly can be done reef wise with relatively low tech tanks (internal skimmer and some phosphate removers and zeolites etc) but when you follow it people either end up with a disaster (normally because they mess with it too much or arent prepared for the extra work compared to tropical) or going high tech (and high price) without stock necassairly suggesting its needed. Though I could afford high tech if I needed to I couldnt justify that for the types of fish and corals I'd be interested in whereas the low tech or plug and play budget set ups seem reasonably priced.