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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-12-2014, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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Would I run this media in a filter sock or something different?
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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-12-2014, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by OCREEFLOVER View Post
Would I run this media in a filter sock or something different?
Does your sump have baffles in it? Some people use filter socks but I wouldn't personally use them in a planted tank as you will have to clean them every couple of days or they will clog real easy with the dead plant debris. I would use some poret foam or similar foam for mechanical filtration and bioballs or whatever biological media you prefer in your sump. I'm not sure on the design of your sump you have so it's hard to say where to place everything.

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post #18 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-12-2014, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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My sump has no baffles in it just filter socks live rock, skimmer, heater, ATO and return pump. I could always add them.
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Don't fall into the trap of thinking you have to minearlize your top soil - you can get band information on the web as easily as good, so be careful. Do your research.
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post #20 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-13-2014, 02:01 AM
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I also came from the reef world. I kept with the sump and haven't had CO2 out gassing problems. I'm probably using more CO2 than most - takes me about 4 months to go through a 5 lbs tank on a 75g aquarium. Haven't bothered to cover the sump yet also haven't gotten anything better than a glass diffuser - notoriously the worst setup for CO2. But CO2 is definitely the way to go.

I've got a heater, foam filtration, filter socks, bio balls in the sump. Media should be after the filtration. I don't have to clean my socks more than weekly.

I've got ADA soil, I'm happy with it. It was the most expensive part. I would check out DIY soil.

I use t5HO bulbs. 2 at 10,000K and 2 and 6700. Looks great.
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post #21 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-13-2014, 02:17 AM
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ua hua - Great advice on keeping the sump.
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