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Someone gave me a 55g saltwater tank several months back. I changed it to freshwater using only the tank itself, but im left with wet/dry filtersystem with a protien skimmer. I have no idea how these work or what they are, but can I use them? Right now I have a whisper power filter for a 60 gal, but was thinking about using the wet/dry, but wanted to know what it is and how to use it. Its a clear box filtration system with a bunch of bio balls in it. I will try to get pics posted later tonight. Its powered by a mag drive pump (350g/hr).

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It is definitely ok to use the wet dry system. The concept behind it is that the bio balls provide a massive surface area for bacteria to colonize on and in addition to that since water trickles over it, the bacteria get much more air. the box should have some kind of prefilter on it to keep debris from getting into the bioballs and clogging them up. You need to clean that prefilter regularly.

Like any other filter it will need to cycle so you should run it alongside your other filter for a while.
 

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Do you think that this filtration system is better than the whisper power filter?
 

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Take a look at this article, even though it focuses on saltwater setups it is still very helpful to read.
http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2003-01/gt/index.php

You can also find a lot of info in the library section, here's a couple of examples:
http://www.cichlidforum.com/articles/diy_wet_dry.php
http://www.cichlidforum.com/articles/diy_sumps.php
http://www.cichlidforum.com/articles/plumbing_faq.php

Lastly if you still can't get enough try a search for wet/dry or sumps and you should be able to find all you need to know to get you sump going. Any other questions just feel free to ask.
 
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