cuttle tank setup qustions

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  1. killifish

    killifish Cuttlefish Registered

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    Hi everyone, I have a 55g tank that I have wanting to
    set up for a pair of S. bandensis and was hoping
    that someone would be able to tell me what size
    filter and skimer would be up to the challenge of
    cleaning up after their rather messy habits.

    Thanks for any help:grin:.
     
  2. mcmusashi5

    mcmusashi5 GPO Registered

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    welll a protein skimmer like a coralife bakpak or remora would be perfect. any canister filter is perfect or if you wanna invest get a sump or you could DIY sump
     
  3. killifish

    killifish Cuttlefish Registered

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    Right now I have a spare Rena xP3 (with 350gph) that I thought about using, but I wasn't sure if that
    would be way too much or not :confused: .

    Thanks for the quick response mc:mrgreen:!
     
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    mcmusashi5 GPO Registered

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    duh that would be perfect. in this case bigger is better
     
  5. killifish

    killifish Cuttlefish Registered

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    ok, thanks.
     
  6. killifish

    killifish Cuttlefish Registered

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    Should I put a sponge over the filter intake though?
     
  7. mcmusashi5

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    what ever works i would say yes
     
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    I wouldn't bother with a canister filter. Just invest in a half decent skimmer, remora and coralife are pretty low quality. Vertex and Octopus (brand) are decent options if you're on a budget.

    I am pretty new to cuttlefish keeping but I'm surprised to see many people take a fresh water fish approach to setting up enclosures for them when I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be looked at as any different then a fowl (fish only with live rock) setup. They are messy eaters and will still need good filtration, much more then a canister filter can provide. A good protein skimmer will remove your excess nutrients and a decent cleanup crew will eat up the waste, instead of trying to filter it out with canisters and sponges.

    This is just my opinion as I said I'm by no means a cuttlefish expert, just don't see the reason to go backwords technology wise compared to other marine animals.
     
  9. mcmusashi5

    mcmusashi5 GPO Registered

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    hes rite but the canister filter will help with the mechanical part of filtration
     
  10. killifish

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    Do you know of whare that you would recomend for buying a skimer, becaus the selction here is rather pitifull.
     
  11. mcmusashi5

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    but i think skimmer is on opinion
     
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    were do you live
     
  13. DWhatley

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    killifish,
    The best research I can suggest would be to look at the Journals and Photos forums and identify long time cuttle keepers. Many of their journals will have information about the filtration on their tanks or they will have posts in the tank talk forum discussing what they have found to work best. Cuttlefish care and our Articles section both have good information about setting up a cuttle tank.
     
  14. killifish

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    Thanks for the advice dwhatley, and I live in St. lous MO.
     
  15. mcmusashi5

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    oh yea welcome
     

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