June 24, 2012
July 20, 2012
The basics of saltwater filtration are extremely different from freshwater. Most freshwater filters are designed to break down ammonia, with an end product of Nitrate. They do so very efficiently, but Nitrate production in a saltwater tank is something to avoid, not encourage. Additionally, as a byproduct of this process carbonates are depleted, reducing alkalinity and making it especially difficult to limit pH swings in marine systems.
So, bottom line, you would be best to eliminate most all of your existing equipment and move to a system which is more natural for a marine tank. I have been keeping marines for nearly 20 years, and I use nothing but live rock, aragonite sand, and a protein skimmer. I have found that regardless of tank size or stocking list, this method is the easiest to maintain. It is also relatively inexpensive if you purchase 80% dry rock / 20% live rock.
What sort of saltwater livestock were you considering?
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