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Does anyone keep marines and use the Berlin method? Keen to get some advice on what salt and equipment you use?
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Old 20-03-2020, 11:10 AM
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I've got a reef tank... no idea what the berlin method is ?

120 ltr tank with a 15ltr sump containing a 100w thermostat / heater, basic skimmer, phosphate reactor, and return pump. Lights and controller are DIY using a mix of 20 Cree 5w cool white, and 20 phillips royal blue LEDs.

I've tried several brands of salt, but stuck with Kent reef salt as it mixes well and can be had a lot cheaper than other brands. 15ltr water changes are done every couple of weeks.
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Old 22-03-2020, 01:03 PM
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I've got a reef tank... no idea what the berlin method is ?

120 ltr tank with a 15ltr sump containing a 100w thermostat / heater, basic skimmer, phosphate reactor, and return pump. Lights and controller are DIY using a mix of 20 Cree 5w cool white, and 20 phillips royal blue LEDs.

I've tried several brands of salt, but stuck with Kent reef salt as it mixes well and can be had a lot cheaper than other brands. 15ltr water changes are done every couple of weeks.
Berlin method is filtration by powerful skimming & live rock only. Some enthusiasts use a hybrid system using both Berlin & Jaubert (deep sand bed) methods.
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Berlin method is filtration by powerful skimming & live rock only. Some enthusiasts use a hybrid system using both Berlin & Jaubert (deep sand bed) methods.
Unknowingly I've done done both. I have a good inch - inch and a half of coral sand, with (originally) 12kg of living rock in the tank. Whilst the skimmer is not grossly overrated for the tank, it is able to handle the volume with ease...

Decades ago I successfully kept marines (fish only) using an under gravel filter plate with a reverse flow power head connected to each of the two "up lifts pipes" so water was pumped through the sand bed rather then drawn into it... worked well, especially as back then, sumps and skimmers were so so expensive

Edit: image of the tank attached. Its not that blue to the eye, camera is more sensitive to the UV...
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