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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-06-2009, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Help ASAP PLEEEAAAASSSSE!!!

Hi all,

i am very interested in getting into this hobby. I have read for three days straight on several web-sites, only to find no real answer.

The question i was seeking was the ability to use a reef ready tank for a planted freshwater. I have a 150 reef ready i have been setting up the past year as what would be my new reef tank. After much thought and reading of Amano Takashi's tanks, i have been brought back to fresh water planted.

I read using a sump will cause me to burn c02 and not be very useful. On the other hand i have read there are ways to stop this, or at least slow it down some. Not wanting to take any chances i am curiouse to know if it would be possible to tie a canister filter to each overflow?

If anyone knows of a thread to see this or how to do please help me.

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Sumps are NOT that bad a thing

Hope these help. (Mine and Steve's)
I'm running sump only.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/eq...e-filters.html
Settled on four media baskets and I'm very happy with it. The tank thread is linked at the end but I've only been flooded for two weeks and just stocking this one.

Steve's looks great and has both sump and canister.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...semi-cube.html


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Yes, it would be possible. Depending on how it's set up, and if it's set up like mine, the issue would be that the sump is what makes the overflow work. As water evaporates, the sump lowers, and water still flows into the overflow. With a canister on my design, the canister would go dry in a few days.

wkndracer (I think) has had some threads about his CO2 use and sump. That might be a god starting point.

Before you get that far, however, I think you are going to find that a lot of people would recommend going for the low light/low tech/no CO2 approach to a 150. A 150 would be a lot of trimming every week. If that's something you want to do, good luck. Tom Barr, aka plantbrain has a lot of large tanks with CO2. You can get some info on them at http://www.barrreport.com/
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Thank you both, that is just what i have been looking for. I must admit i was getting ready to just accept the fate that i had no option but reef, now i feel confident enough to go forward with my planted heaven.

As for low light i already have two of the 250watt metal halides. I also deffinatly like the results in growth i have seen using C02. Trimming is something i am not apposed to, on account i actually love husbandry when the tank is involved. Plus maybe i can pass my clippings on to others.

What othe suggestions would yall happen to have, i am somewhat new and always willing to learn.
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