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Old 01/01/2011, 09:56 PM   #1
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Natural vs Gadgety

Is there any one out there that has an awesome looking tank with fish n corals that has a more natural simplified approach and doesn't have thousands of dollars in gadgets


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Old 01/01/2011, 10:13 PM   #2
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What do you mean by gadgets? I think the answers is yes. But you have to have good lighting, skimming and water circulation. And the same things have to be tended to. I don't have a pH meter, but I have a pH test kit. I'd rather have the monitor.

To drip kalk I used one of these:


Instead of one of these:



Is that what you mean?

And even though i have one of these:



I prefer to use one of these which is just as good once calibrated and if kept clean properly:




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Old 01/01/2011, 11:28 PM   #3
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Old 01/01/2011, 11:44 PM   #4
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There's an LFS here that has a big tank that is all natural. No skimmer, no filtration other than a DSB & live rock and some powerheads. It's a great tank & has been running for years.


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Old 01/02/2011, 12:09 AM   #5
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I know sb who has a beautiful skimmerless tank ..it works ...


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Old 01/02/2011, 12:11 AM   #6
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There's an LFS here that has a big tank that is all natural. No skimmer, no filtration other than a DSB & live rock and some powerheads. It's a great tank & has been running for years.
Any photos. I'd love to see it


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Old 01/02/2011, 05:08 AM   #7
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i go simple. i stick my finger in the water and let the water drop onto me refractometer, instead of using the water dropper all seriousness, gadgets are good some you need, some you want. get the ones you need and go from there.


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Old 01/02/2011, 06:57 AM   #8
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You can go with a low tech tank. You end up either doing more water changes or limiting the livestock in the tank.


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Old 01/02/2011, 07:02 AM   #9
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I run an turf algae scrubber in mine and it works great.


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Old 01/02/2011, 07:19 AM   #10
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I agree with frogman. A large amount of manual water changes can replace all the fancy equipment but I don't have that time to always change water and rely heavily on my equipment especially when I'm gone on business trips


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Old 01/02/2011, 08:34 AM   #11
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i have a 20l, it lives on a hob filter with a sponge and carbon bag, a koralia 750 and thats it, i rely on my rocks and sand to do the rest its been up for at least a yr and a half and went from 5gal wc a week to 2.5gal wc a week, i only dose b-ionic on a regular and leave everything else natural


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Old 01/02/2011, 08:42 AM   #12
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I have no sump, no reactors, no refractometer and no UV sterilizer. I do have a Reverse UG filter, home made lights and skimmer along with a DIY algae trough. I also have an ozonizer, I built the first one but this one is a commercial model given to me by a member here.
The gravel is dolomite and a lot of the rocks are homemade, some of the water is from the Long Island Sound and thats the water the tank was started with.
I change about 20% of the water 5 or 6 times a year.
The oldest fish now is 16. There was one 18 but I killed it in an accident.


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Old 01/02/2011, 11:00 AM   #13
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Absolutely you can have a decent tank without a lot of technology, my 265 has ran so far for 6 months no skimmer. no controller, I have my lights on timers but that's about it, the ATO is a $10 float valve attached to a gravity fed reservoir, and flow is provided by one dart. I think that I have been successful due to

Large tank volume >300G= more stability

>300 pounds of live rock, I see thousands of bubbles of nitrogen gas on the surface of the rocks=bacteria doing their job.

frequently changed filter socks= tons of organics removed from the water column

Bare bottom= much cleaner tank

Pendcutors= clean bare bottom

easy to care for corals

I only change about 20g once a month when siphoning the bottom glass.

check out some vids

3 days old

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8NQ3...eature=related

6 months old

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmkOPGXyQLo.


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Old 01/02/2011, 11:30 AM   #14
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Any photos. I'd love to see it
They have a picture on their site, but there's no way to link to it as it's in a flash slideshow. There's a thread on our local forum about it with pics, don't know if I'd get in trouble for linking to it here though.


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