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    Senior Member TaCtIkZ's Avatar
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    if you get a sick fish... one thing to battle ick that I've found works well, without medicating the tank, is a cleaner wrasse. Little guys work very well. In conjuction with a UV sterilizer, I'm not sure that you'd have too much to worry about.

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    I don't have a UV sterilizer.
    I've heard different reports on the cleaner wrasse.
    I think I'll have my QT running in the background...just in-case. I'm looking to get some new additions soon too. In fact I'm considering changing my whole set-up before I buy anything.
    Can I run a UV sterilizer w/out a sump?
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    yeah, I was doing that until a few days ago actually when I finally got my sump. I basically cut the hose on the return from the ehiem filter I have, heated the hose ends, and stretched them over the UV ends. So from the Ehiem, into the UV, out the UV, into the tank. Works really well...

    hope that helps.

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    Thanks.
    I just read your "Current Tanks: 90g Reef with more light than God intended "
    Very funny.
    What Ehiem filter do you have? I have a 30 gal and would need the smaller version, but the info would give me a start on the swap.
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    I'm running an Eheim 2215. nothing fancy, I actually believe that it was a bit small for my 90g, but with all the liverock, it really wasn't doing much The thing that got me, was when I went into the LFS, I really didn't know very much about Marine tanks, and the guys there suggested that that was the best solution. I guess it just goes to show that before you invest tonnes of coin, research research research

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    I agree, they sold me 14kg's of live rock and a bio-wheel.
    To this day I can't fit anything else on the tank edges 'coz of the way they cut the glass, There's a 7cm brace on the front and back, and a 2cm gap before the 5 cm brace on the sides, and a center brace.....
    I'm considering going "Berlin' style, add DSB and P/skimmer, I want a UV sterilizer, but i don't know where to put it and how. Can I run it from a P/H and then somehow back into the tank???
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    tiffany,

    I wouldn't recommend a UV, I got suckered into buying one as a newbie years ago. In retrospect it doesn't help except in a FO or a FOWLR tank, (even then) especially not a Reef.

    Save your money for something else, the bulbs need to be replaced yearly and are expensive. Unless you get one with a built-in wiper, you'll be cleaning the inside once every 3 months. Generally a real PITA.

    As for the Eheim, if it's a canister filter, do yourself a favor and don't put it on. They (canisters) are all nitrate factories that need to be cleaned weekly or bi-weekly. Get a good sump instead ...

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    Thanks I was looking into UV and the RS recommended them, they also recommended the bio-wheel too... (worked very well until I went reef)
    I'm planning to swap the bio-wheel for a skimmer, and (Maybe)have 1" cc for a natural look, (can I crush the dead coral decorations I have instead of buying it? I can get them for $5 a kilo!!) the problems with the DSB seem to outweigh the advantages.. So I'll be running on skimmer and LR alone. Is that ok?
    I've been looking into Hang-on Overflow Boxes? I am going to ask a really naive question here, but what do they do? I thought as a way to add additives, mini refugium, carbon, etc am I on the right track here?
    the other alternative is to stick with what I have and keep corals that require nitrate, (my Nitrates are generally 0-ppm, 5 if i'm lazy)
    The fish intended so far are pair of Maroon clowns (best match for anemone), CopperBanded butterfly(Chelmon Rostratus), Sharknose goby(Gibiosoma evelynae), and a Thornback boxfish(Tetrasommus gibbosus_ for the b/f) Mandarin(Pterosynchiropus splendidis)
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