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Joined: 15 Mar 2003
Location: new york

PostPosted: 2004.03.18(Thu)15:05    Post subject: Skimmer Reply with quote

I have been debating on getting a skimmer before I start cycling my tank and then adding fish, my LFS says that I do not need a skimmer yet but will need a UV filter, this is contrary to what I had thought, thinking that a skimmer would be more necessary from the start rather than UV sterylizer. If this is case, should I get the skimmer before I order live rock? or can I get it in the future without any problems?

If I do get it now I am willing to spend no more than $200 (Its a 72g tank)
So I am wondering what you guys would recommend? How efficient is the RedSea line? Both in-sump and HOB.

Another question, If I were to get the prism skimmers would the regular one cover a 72g tank, or should I upgrade to the Deluxe one? The regular is rated up to 90g.

And are there any other skimmers you would reccomend in this price range?
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Joined: 19 Jan 2004
Location: San Antonio, Texas

PostPosted: 2004.03.18(Thu)17:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

to answer your first skimmer question, you don't need one right away. I don't have my saltwater tank set up yet, but my boyfriend has had his set up since around christmas time. he started out with just a wet dry filteration on his 55 gallon. he has about 7 or 8 fish, 2 starfish and 6 snails and hasn't had any problems so far. he is planning on getting a skimmer pretty soon though. so to answer your question, you can wait on the skimmer for a while, just don't overstock your tank in the mean time. I know that I'm not going to do the uv sterylizer in my tank b/c I plan on getting coral.
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Joined: 16 Mar 2004
Location: las vegas

PostPosted: 2004.03.19(Fri)2:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have set up a few salt water tanks all that I had without a skimmer writhen the first month failed miserably. But the thing about the UV you do not even need one but it is better to have one.

hear is a site to get bolth skimmer an uv fore under 200$

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Joined: 07 Feb 2003

PostPosted: 2004.03.25(Thu)7:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

I set mine up without a skimmer and added it a long time afterwards. I would say cycle it without a skimmer since your gettin all the nasty stuff out of the way anyway.
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