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luke22
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PostPosted: 2005.04.19(Tue)14:19    Post subject: skimmers!! Reply with quote

hi,

I'm having some difficulty in choosing a skimmer for my marine tank, there are so many differnt types!!!!

I have a 150L tank, I already have an eheim canister filter but I have been informed that a skimmer will help control my tanks enviroment.

What would be the best skimmer to buy?

and when I do get one should I continue to use my canister filter?
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TheVillageIdiot
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PostPosted: 2005.04.19(Tue)14:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Red Sea Prizm1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

make sure what ever you get is a hang-on fitler type or you will be pwned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

!w00t! check it, you should still use your cannister filter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PostPosted: 2005.04.19(Tue)14:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

whatever skimmer you get get on thats rated for twice your tank volume!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

isnt there a post on excessive use of exclamation marks somewhere here? Laughing
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TheVillageIdiot
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PostPosted: 2005.04.19(Tue)14:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes, McP, there is, I thought of it as soon as I saw the post...

but again, get a HOB (hang on back) skimmer and remember to clean it every 4 days to a week or when necessary... Smile

good luck!

and this thread should likely be moved to the equipment and chemistry thread, no?!?
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luke22
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PostPosted: 2005.04.19(Tue)15:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

maybe I should have use equipment thread instead, but I am a beginner so this thread was also appropriate.

sorry about the exclamation marks but I've got "sticky finger to key syndrome"

may I ask if I need a sump? or is my tank too small??
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FloridaBoy
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PostPosted: 2005.04.19(Tue)17:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know if you have room for a sump, I'm not sure why anyone would prefer a HOB skimmer, but that's just me; I'm sure they work fine, but it seems to me that these gizmos and their associated needles, venturis, wheels, cups, etc. are always needing adjustments/cleaning/tweaking, so why make not make it more accessible with a sump model? Unless of course you have no room for a sump! Here is more info to help you:
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/proskimrart2.htm
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/ca/cav1i1/protein_skimmer_impressions.htm
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PostPosted: 2005.04.19(Tue)17:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

That small of a tank can be skimmed by just about anything you find. I use an old airstone driven one, and a venturi style...honestly, the airstone driven one does an excellent job, if kept clean and the wood block changed monthly it outperforms the venturi one. Go figure.
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luke22
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PostPosted: 2005.04.19(Tue)17:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for your advice,

may I ask by an airstone I take it you mean and airstone in a skimmer??

I like the sound of a sump but would it be worth it for the size of my tank?
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PostPosted: 2005.04.19(Tue)18:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a simple air driven skimmer...in fact the one I have is the PS3, it is cheap, easy to maintain, requires no adjustments but does need maintenanance. I paid 10 bucks for mine used.
http://www.tplastech.com/amiracle/psinstructions.htm

Having a sump is always good, it allows more overall water in the system which helps keep the water consistant. You have roughly a 40 gallon tank, a cheap 20 gallon sump would be sufficient.

As far as a skimmer that would work nicely on that size tank, the AquaC Remora would be an excellent choice. I have also seen the Won Clean Up skimmers do a great job as well, both are reasonably priced.[/url]
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PostPosted: 2005.04.20(Wed)6:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you're going to get a sump, then a sump skimmer would be great, but you had said you had a cannister filter, hence, I suggested the hob skimmer... Smile
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