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Old 12/15/2006, 12:42 PM
TonyOrlando TonyOrlando is offline
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Need help picking out the right skimmer!

Im going to buy a protein skimmer today and i wanted some advice on what i should buy. I have a 72 gallon reeef aquarim with 75 lbs of LR. I have a wet/dry filtration with bioballs. I dont have enough room in the sump to put the protein skimmer into it. I will also in the near future adding a 10-20 gallon fuge and wanted to know if i should take that into consideration on picking out a skimmer. Which brand and type should I purchase, also having a silent one is very important. As far as money, i have thousands invested already so im not looking to get cheap on a skimmer, but i dont want to spend money on something just so i can tell people its the best of the best and dont really know why(haha). Please help.
thanks in advance for all your advice
Old 12/15/2006, 12:42 PM
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Old 12/15/2006, 12:55 PM
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Aqua C huh. Well can you be a little more descriptive. for example what kind and size and why aqua C brand?
Old 12/15/2006, 01:48 PM
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I like the Coralife super skimmers, I have a top Fathom on my other tank, and a Excalibur Vs2 on my other. The super skimmer has them both beat.

It is quiet, works great, affordable and is easy to maintain.
Whatever skimmer you choose, it is a good idea to get one double the size of your tank.

For the super skimmers, I would get a 125 gallon model for your tank.
Heres a link to those skimmers.
Old 12/15/2006, 06:47 PM
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Deltec!!!!! I have seen superb results since adding the MCE600.My 600 is very quiet for a hang on and although it is not silent i have never heard a hang on that was. I think you would be hard pressed to find one that was quiter. Visit the Deltec form and you will find tips on how to quiet it down (such as placing a piece of foam between the pump and housing). I was pulling 1 and a half cups of slightly watery sludge in the first week. I don't know of many skimmers that perform like this prior to break in. It has been performing just as well if not better since it has broken in and it is easily adjusted to produce either wet or dry skimmate. There are other good skimmers out there however I feel this is the best purchase I have made for my reef thus far. Well thats my 2 cents. Hope this helps.
Old 12/15/2006, 08:20 PM
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Just thought of something, if you have a sump, and shortly everyone here will tell you to remove your BioBalls, what will be the point of your current sump? Do you think maybe you could modify it to work as a place for the skimmer and a fuge?

As far as skimmer, I'm too new to give an opinion. Although, I'm still yet to find a negative comment about Tunze's DOC line...
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Old 12/15/2006, 09:50 PM
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Old 12/15/2006, 10:07 PM
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If you can get the bioballs out and fit a skimmer in its spot, then that'd be the way to go.

I, as well, don't have a lot of area under my tank and had to mount the skimmer externally. I had HOB skimmers, like the Remora and Prism, which I hung on the tank, but now I have an external PC RPS1000 that sits next to my 10 gal sump. It works better than all my previous skimmers and it's still in the stand, so it fit my needs and I'm happy with it. If you can have it in your stand, I'd suggest looking at an external recirc skimmer. HOB skimmers are okay, but why settle with okay.
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Old 12/15/2006, 10:36 PM
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Running a HOB skimmer on a tank with a sump is a really bad idea. The overflow is going to get all the surface protiens, and the HOB is never going to work well.

I agree with chem-e on the octopus skimmers. You can get a recirc 110 for cheaper than a remora pro.
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Old 12/16/2006, 12:21 AM
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bermuda skimmers are fantastic, they dont get much press but i can say they work like a charm. I have a hang on model on my 72 g but i opted to use it on my sump so i can use the extra space for a fuge. good luck!
Old 12/16/2006, 10:57 AM
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Old 12/16/2006, 12:44 PM
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Originally posted by Roland Jacques
In 100% agreement, the worst thing for a reef tank is bio balls. For FOWLR, no problem. Use this compartment where the bio balls are located and install a high end skimmer like H&S, which is by far the best needlewheel skimmer you can buy (built & performance), unless you want to step up one higher with the Bubble King. I will forward you a PM with more info, check your PM inbox later today.
Old 12/16/2006, 02:52 PM
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Well guys, i really appreciate all the feedback. Im kind of stuck though. I keep getting advice to remove my bio balls and put a skimmer in place, but the waty its setup the tubing from the tank is connected to a plate thats a lil less than a square foot. the water trickles thru the bio balls and to the other side whrere the water is sucked back up into the tank. I know you all know probably what im describing, im just not sure how to do all this. I also heard i could really screww my tank up by removing the bio balls the improper way, especiall that my tanks is still just under 4 months old. I heard i should wait until about 8 months. I do have room under my cabinet to add a 20 gallon seperate tank as well, that i thought i could use that room to build a fuge and a place to put the skimmer along with keeping my same filtration setup. If i post a picture of this will it help you all out or not? I know it may be simple to you all , but im a true rookie at this and it seems real difficult.
Old 12/16/2006, 10:35 PM
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If you want a cheap, and effective HOB try a D&D marine typhoon (drfosters $68!). It is built well, works well and is cheap. It works about as well as a remora pro and is much cheaper. For the cash it is a great skimmer, and would work well on a 72 gallon tank.
If you want a really nice skimmer try a Tunze DOC 9010 either in the aquarium itself or in your sump (if you can fit it). It is small, and very powerful (but not cheap).
Old 12/17/2006, 01:20 AM
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Thumbs up Same Skimmer: HOT, In-Sump, External

You are making major modifications to your aquarium and I believe that you want a protein skimmer that can be used before and after your modifications are completed. My suggestion is to purchase a versatile skimmer that can be configured for hang-on, in-sump, or external use.

I believe that some of the Aqua Medic Turboflotor skimmers are that versatile. Perhaps some of the contributors to this forum can tell you about their experiences with multi-configurable skimmers.
Old 12/17/2006, 02:18 AM
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I would check out the Coralife Super Skimmers, they can function as HOB and in sump
Old 12/17/2006, 08:20 AM
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you might think about an external skimmer,
this one is comparable to a deltec apf600/h&s a110-f2000, without the $800 pricetag, it's only $259!

and this will eat the octopus recirc 110 and 150 for breakfast, btw
Old 12/17/2006, 09:30 AM
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