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Kody
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PostPosted: 2006.07.25(Tue)0:20    Post subject: Advice on Sumps and Protien Skimmers Reply with quote

HI I am very new to the Hobby of Saltwater and I am trying to Reserch everything the best I can from Reading Books and looking at websites to talking to the LFS but I am getting confused with a few things.. Mainly the Sump setup Right now I am going to try and learn more about the Hobby with a 33G (restriced size) I have the Tank that I used to use for my FW but now to switch it over the SW I am trying to figure out the best way to do the Sump.. SO my question I understand sumps and protien skimmers are best but how do I drill my tank and how do you go about figureing out the size???

Any Help would be Awsome on any point of Keeping SW Fish
kody
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Kody
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PostPosted: 2006.07.25(Tue)0:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just thought about another Question... is it alright to have just a P.Skimmer in the main tank or is this not recomend I am starting to worry about Overflow Problems and Power outages with the Sump set up so is it practical to have just a P.Skimmer in the main tank... maybe when I know more and have a bigger main tank I can set up a Sump??
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SLACkra
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Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia

PostPosted: 2006.07.25(Tue)4:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmm I would never recomend some one actually buy a prism skimmer, honestly from what I have seen there are better HOB skimmers availiable.

with having an overflow you have really 2 options, you could have an internal overflow or an external. an internal is where a hole is drilled in the back corner or some where in the tank and a box of glass is put around it to a certain height. an external is a small amount of glass is removed from one of the edges of the tank and a box is constructed around it.
external:
http://members.iinet.net.au/~natalie_newman/new_tank/overflow2.jpg
internal:
http://www.4fishtank.com/P2060006.JPG

what do you actually want to keep in this tank? fish, corals, invertabrates, live rock? or is this more of a learning tank, one to gain experience with basic saltwater chemistry and care?

whether or not you want a sump is up to you but I think their a nifty place to hide equitment!

andrew
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FloridaBoy
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PostPosted: 2006.07.25(Tue)23:07    Post subject: Re: Advice on Sumps and Protien Skimmers Reply with quote

Kody wrote:
HI I am very new to the Hobby of Saltwater and I am trying to Reserch everything the best I can from Reading Books and looking at websites to talking to the LFS but I am getting confused with a few things.. Mainly the Sump setup Right now I am going to try and learn more about the Hobby with a 33G (restriced size) I have the Tank that I used to use for my FW but now to switch it over the SW I am trying to figure out the best way to do the Sump.. SO my question I understand sumps and protien skimmers are best but how do I drill my tank and how do you go about figureing out the size???

Any Help would be Awsome on any point of Keeping SW Fish
kody

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