Name all the ways you "filter" your reef aquarium?

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What are all the ways you "filter" your reef aquarium?

  • Chemical Filter Media

    Votes: 272 49.4%
  • Skimmer

    Votes: 455 82.6%
  • Natural Methods (rock, sand etc)

    Votes: 477 86.6%
  • Algae Scrubber/Reactor

    Votes: 75 13.6%
  • Rollermats

    Votes: 89 16.2%
  • Filter Socks/Pads

    Votes: 308 55.9%
  • UV Sterilizer

    Votes: 178 32.3%
  • HOB or Canister

    Votes: 79 14.3%
  • Ozone Generator

    Votes: 22 4.0%
  • Coral

    Votes: 280 50.8%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 13 2.4%
  • Refugium

    Votes: 215 39.0%
  • Water Changes

    Votes: 398 72.2%

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Happy Monday R2R Fam!

This week we're going to be focusing our topics on Saltwater Reef Aquarium Filtration! Sounds like a hoot huh?! Well hopefully it will be informative and we can learn from one another. When it comes to reef aquarium filtration there are many ways to "filter" a tank. It could be chemical, mechanical or biological! Many of us choose a combination of methods for filtering, skimmers, rock, filter media etc, and that's what I want to discuss today!

What are all the ways you are "filtering" your reef aquarium?
(name each specifically please) skimmer, scrubber, media, liverock etc.


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reef octo classic 110sss skimmer
marine pure bio cubes (about 10), 1 bio block, 1 box of bio balls
2 filter socks (with a chemi pure blue bag in one of the socks)
chaeto
rocks/sand
corals
 
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Other: coral

Maybe that fits under natural. It certainly should. An established tank will eventually have coral doing the majority of the filtering in our tanks.
Added to the poll! :)
 

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40B (50G-ish water volume)

reef octo classic 110sss skimmer
marine pure bio cubes (about 10), 1 bio block, 1 box of bio balls
2 filter socks (with a chemi pure blue bag in one of the socks)
chaeto
rocks/sand
corals
How often do you change your filter socks?
 

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I like to KISS...

- First part of my AIO filter chamber is filter pad, floss, or whatever you wanna call it, and below that I run Brightwell Purit
- Second chamber is full of live rock/media/other stuff to help host beneficial bacteria
- In the second chamber I have a Tunze 9001 skimmer

Tada. Easy peasy.
 

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How often do you change your filter socks?
i usually leave them longer than i should, but roughly 2-3 weeks. started swapping them out sooner since i have what seems to be cyano coming in. so now i’m swapping weekly

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Added water changes and refugium so go vote!
 

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My display tank has some live rock, but mostly dry rock & dry sand, and corals that help with filtration. A cryptic fuge is full of live rock, live rubble rock, and live sand in the sump. It does a lot of the work. I use 100 um filter socks from time to time, but most of the time I use 600 um mesh that just catches big stuff and breaks up the bubbles caused by my Durso overflows. I use a relatively weak skimmer (Curve 7) in the sump also.
 

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My overflow goes directly into the middle chamber of the sump (no filter sock/pad) There I have a skimmer, and an ATS that's resting on top of a basket filled with a thin layer of sand and a lot of live rocks/ rubble and some various bio-media I had laying around.
 

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I did a water change an hour ago. Going to do another one tomorrow. Everything is fine but I want to see if my urchin will get fluffy. When the urchin is fluffy I know that everything is really happy. I just looked in. Its fluffyish.
 
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