What do you use for filtration on your rimless non RR tank?

afboundguy

Acan's are inedible candy
Moderator
BRS Member
Just throwing it out there for discussion purposes for other non RR rimless tank owners seeing what you use for a set up for skimming and filtration? I attempted to do a HOB overflow box with a sump in my 25ish cube but it didn't work out to the wife's liking (too loud). I've been tossing around the idea of trying the Aquamaxx HF-M (https://www.marinedepot.com/aquamaxx-hf-m-hang-on-back-multi-filter-with-protein-skimmer#) as I could transfer most of the stuff that's inside my tank to it for a cleaner look while also being able to add more mechanical filtration and a fuge...

Currently I'm running a Reef Octopus BH-50 hang on inside skimmer that does a good job it's just doesn't look clean in the tank as it takes up a lot of the back left of the tank...

Feel free to throw out pics of your set up for discussion purposes and to also give me ideas to start saving up for!!!

rsz_20200213_094304_hdr.jpg
rsz_20200213_094316.jpg
 

CrypticLifeStyle

Well-Known Member
BRS Member
I used a CPR HOB fuge, and modded HOT mag successfully for some years on a 27g cube. I've run a AC 70 on a 12g rimless successfully. About to do a sunsun 304 on a ADA 60p.

Basically you can use whatever, but whatever you choose there will be a drawback somewhere, but til it happens you won't know.
Bio-load control will come down to mostly water changes.
 

Skeeter7424

More corals than gallons
Dave on my old 37 gallon I had the Aquafuge 2 large, and then made a biocube skimmer fit in the first chamber, and made a small LED lamp for the second chamber for a fuge. I like this one becuase the only thing you needed in the tank was a small powerhead to feed the fuge, but I hid mind behind some rock work, and the tubing was barely visible.
 

Brokereefer603

Formally Brokereefer
BRS Member
Just got an aquamax HF-m I'll post pics. I only have a 40 br and didn't like the look of the hang on skimmer and multiple fuges I'm running so hopping this will look cleaner
 

afboundguy

Acan's are inedible candy
Moderator
BRS Member
Dave on my old 37 gallon I had the Aquafuge 2 large, and then made a biocube skimmer fit in the first chamber, and made a small LED lamp for the second chamber for a fuge. I like this one becuase the only thing you needed in the tank was a small powerhead to feed the fuge, but I hid mind behind some rock work, and the tubing was barely visible.
Did think of trying something like that but with the new HF-M it's probably cheaper that buying the large fuge and then another skimmer...

Just got an aquamax HF-m I'll post pics. I only have a 40 br and didn't like the look of the hang on skimmer and multiple fuges I'm running so hopping this will look cleaner
That's my thought process as well I'd love to see before and after pics and also how you think it does. My tank is smaller so if it would work on your tank one would assume it would on mine too. I've read some reviews saying people have been using them on 60 gallon tanks...
 

Brokereefer603

Formally Brokereefer
BRS Member
Dave I get it on monday and am setting it up on my day off tuesday I'll post before and after pics for ya
 

Brokereefer603

Formally Brokereefer
BRS Member
3rd section
Fuge section and dosing tubes
I made use of the bio media here. Laid down a nice layer. I then made a macro algae holder. Keeps my macro from going aray in the box. Fits perfect in the 3rd section
 

Attachments

Brokereefer603

Formally Brokereefer
BRS Member
3 days in pulling some nasties
Just so you know the unit is big!! 17 and a quarter inches long by 15 inches tall. I love the unit though super quiet and sleek for a hang on
 

Attachments

afboundguy

Acan's are inedible candy
Moderator
BRS Member
Awesome thanks for all the pictures. Have you noticed more surface film? My current skimmer surface skims so that was something I was concerned about as I like not having a film on the top without having to put a powerhead hitting the surface. I know I could make it into a surface skimmer by attaching something but was curious how that's going for you.

I also like how I could put some Aquamaxx FR-S media reactors in there as well. I believe I've seen setups with 2 of them in there and it seems like there is a ton of room in there... Makes me want to snag it tomorrow lol...
 

Brokereefer603

Formally Brokereefer
BRS Member
There is a ton of room in it. The skimmer is pulling really well now 4 days in. To be honest if there was anything I can be upset about would be the fact that there isn't a surface skimmer but I plan on modifying it to surface skim. I have my wave makers pointed to the top so I dont have much surface build up, but I invested in making everything look clean without a sump so mod it I will do. Best purchase on a piece of equipment I made to date
 

afboundguy

Acan's are inedible candy
Moderator
BRS Member
I'll def be making this my next purchase... Was going to try and convince the wife to let me get a bigger tank but I know that would almost certainly not happen so guess Ill start saving up for this...
 

afboundguy

Acan's are inedible candy
Moderator
BRS Member
Is the evaporation happening in the tank or the HF-M? Just curious if it would evaporate like with a sump or be different since it's higher?
 

Upcoming Events

ZOOM MEETING ON Friday September 25, 2020 at 7PM with Derrick Picker of Reef Automation


Top