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Old 05/21/2018, 11:42 AM   #1
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Filtration for 5g reef only tank

Wanted to setup an empty 5g tank that I had lying around, to hold all my zoas. It came with a simple HOB filter. I put water and some rock from my main tank in there. I also placed chaeto in one of the chambers of the HOB filter trying to convert it into a mini sump. Is there anything else I need?


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Old 05/21/2018, 12:05 PM   #2
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light for the Chaeto and flow in the tank otherwise a solid idea


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Old 05/21/2018, 12:23 PM   #3
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light for the Chaeto and flow in the tank otherwise a solid idea
How much light does chaeto need? The filter is clear and the light from my tank will indirectly reach it through the glass and the clear filter... On my ATI unit I have a refugium light attached by magnets. This tank came with a lid with a a single LED strip. The specs say 12v, 3.4 W. Is this enough for the zoas? If not, what If I move the frag rack higher?

Just wondering what else, if anything, I will need to make this work.


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Old 05/21/2018, 12:52 PM   #4
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1. Chaeto in simple term needs as much light as you can give it mine receive 24-hour lighting (don't go overboard on intensity though)
2. zoas are pretty tough and I am nowhere near an expert I do not even keep zoas. you could try you will be able to tell if they need more light. hopefully someone with more zoa knowledge chims in


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Old 05/21/2018, 01:01 PM   #5
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I wouldn't even bother with the Chaeto. With a tank this small and a compartment that size I just don't see it accomplishing much. The pods might like it, but it's not like your going to put a Mandarin in this tank. Just keep things simple and you should be fine.


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Old 05/21/2018, 01:11 PM   #6
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That chaeto isn't even worth trying to keep. The amount of nutrients it will absorb in a month can simply be eliminated by doing a 2.5g water change in 5 min. Toss it and just go with a mechanical filter and/or maybe a poly pad.


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Old 05/21/2018, 01:25 PM   #7
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I wouldn't even bother with the Chaeto. With a tank this small and a compartment that size I just don't see it accomplishing much. The pods might like it, but it's not like your going to put a Mandarin in this tank. Just keep things simple and you should be fine.
I agree with this, if all you want is zoas def no need to be trying to grow chaeto.


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Old 05/22/2018, 06:02 AM   #8
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Ditch the HOB..
Maintain proper water parameters via water changes alone..
You just need a powerhead to create some water movement.

Small water changes are all you need...


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