Flow needed in a Bimac tank?

MarkS

Pygmy Octopus
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#1
I am about to buy a 240 and set it up as a species tank. I have found a great deal of information, but not much dealing with water flow. How much is too much and how little is not enough? Does it matter?

TIA,
Mark
 

tjohnson

Wonderpus
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#2
I have read 6-10 cycles a hour our ideal, however with that large of tank you could probly get away with much less since it would take a very long time to build up waste, however, someone please back me up because I have never delt with tanks so large.
 

RandyB

O. bimaculoides
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I set my tank up with about 20x per hour turn over. It all depends on how you direct the flow, you don't want it to be like a river in there. I think having a lot of flow through your wet/dry and your skimmer are good because that's what gives so much oxygen to the water.
 

Andy Lister

Vampyroteuthis
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#4
If you have too much water through a skimmer it can just pump water into your collection reservoir, make sure it's all waste thats coming through or you will have to do more water changes than necessary

~Andy
 

MarkS

Pygmy Octopus
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#5
I'm going to buy a skimmer from Andy at Myreef Creations. These skimmers require a high flow pump. However, the tank will be drilled and the equipment will be in the sump. The overflows will be enclosed to prevent escape.

I am not a fan of wet/dry filters. They tend to be nitrate factories. That may not be as huge of an issue with an octopus as it is in a reef, but it is an issue none the less. I prefer to use live sand/live rock and water changes to take care of the biological filtration.

If the octopus can withstand higher flow, I will probaly set up a surge device for the majority of the flow and use a smaller return pump.
 

MarkS

Pygmy Octopus
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#7
RandyB said:
Octopus make large amounts of ammonia and that's why wet/dry filters are so good. It's not like a reef tank that has a small ammonia load.
That is true. Even though it's an invertibrate, it should be treated as a fish only set up. Still don't like them, but maybe it's for the best.
 

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