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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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I just wanted to say hi! I am new member here as you can see. I am from rochester ny. I have had a 220 gallon saltwater reef amongst other reef tanks for about 10 years or so. Kind of got burned out so figured I would try a 65 gallon planted tank. i have a dirt planted tank (miracle gro organic mix some extremely expensive aquarium soil topped with pea gravel) a local fish store sold me a tetratec pf150 said it was good for 80 gallon well its not lol. so now i am trying to decide do i get a new filter or do I pop open the reef ready portion and put the sump back in?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 12:35 PM
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I have been a member of reef central and it has been very informative over the past years I look forward to learning here now
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 12:57 PM
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i think a sump might be nice for a low tech approach, but it might gas off a lot of co2 if you plan on injection.

the major advantage i see is that you can dose the same or more available nutrients for the plants and maintain lower ppms for the fish.
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What's wrong with the current filter?
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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I see the filter I have now is only rated for like 30 gallons I have 65 doesnt seem right
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Oh. Well, do you have enough circulation in your tank? If you have enough plants, they will handle the bioload. Your filter then becomes a device for mechanical removal of particulates and chemical filtration if you want it. It will still provide a home for beneficial bacteria, but it becomes less critical if your plants are growing. You might not really need to change anything.

The sump can definitely be used, especially if you don't go the CO2 route. More water never hurts.
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