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Old 01/13/2008, 11:36 PM   #1
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I need a SILENT skimmer for a 300g tank...suggestions?

I would have thought the orca 250 (dart pump) would have been silent, but someone recorded it on youtube and I don't think it can get any louder.

anyone know if the bubble king is dead silent?


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Old 01/13/2008, 11:51 PM   #2
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120 watts vs. 45 watts

Yes it is silent. Dead silence, I believe, is subjective.

Trying to reduce nitrates?


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Old 01/13/2008, 11:55 PM   #3
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should be getting mine this week...hope its quiet...


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Old 01/13/2008, 11:58 PM   #4
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which model, Foselone?


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Old 01/14/2008, 12:00 AM   #5
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Dead silent.


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Old 01/14/2008, 12:04 AM   #6
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300 external...picked up some vortechs as well...


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Old 01/14/2008, 12:10 AM   #7
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The bubble master is silent as well. I have a bm200 and am pleased with performance and noise level.


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Old 01/14/2008, 12:16 AM   #8
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Quote:
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120 watts vs. 45 watts

Yes it is silent. Dead silence, I believe, is subjective.

Trying to reduce nitrates?
I am upgrading my 210 to around a 300g (when I have time and find one a like). The new tank will be in the family room, therefore is has to be really quiet.
My current tank vibrates through the walls.
which is why I need to find the quietest skimmer and I plan on using red dragon return pumps (as I know that don't make a sound)

My nitrates remain at 20ppm with weekly sugar dosing (6 tablespoons) and I continue to heavily feed the tank every other day. My queen trigger alone eats 4 over sized ice cube chunks of fish food (shrimp, mysis, formula 1) or can easily eat 10+ cubes of formula 1 ( I still have to get food to the other fish!). I also just added a xl maroon clown and a flagfin angel.



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Old 01/14/2008, 12:26 AM   #9
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I'm curious, why don't you just cut the amount of that you feed "every other day" in half and just feed that "everyday".

All the fish will thank you for it, plus you will cut down on leftovers that will contribute to your nitrate problem.

Imagine that you yourself currently have a minimum of 2 meals a day. Now, if I starve you for 2 days and give you 4 meals at one time, chances are you won't be able to finish it even if you're that hungry.

Back to topic, if you have the money, it's a no brainer, get the bubble king, I've seen it in action and it's as dead silent for a skimmer "that size" as you can get.


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Old 01/14/2008, 12:31 AM   #10
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I guess it's going to be the bubble king.

The problem is that the queen trigger can eat that way everyday and I don't want her growth to get out of control. I have only had her for a year or so and she has grown a lot (currently around 9")

But I do have to change the feeding as I have to make sure the flagfin has enough food.


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Old 01/14/2008, 12:37 AM   #11
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What I've found that helps to overcome aggressive eaters is to drop the food in more than one area.

That way, the trigger could only hog the food in one place at a time, leaving the opportunity for other fishes to grab the food.


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Old 01/14/2008, 12:41 AM   #12
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I have tried that, the queen can eat a frozen form 2 cube in less than 2 seconds before going across the tank to the next cube. Even my oversized ice cubed fish food fully frozen can be eaten in about 10 seconds.

are there any places to get deals on bubble kings? I have to justify spending 2k on a skimmer to my wife and myself.


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Old 01/14/2008, 12:44 AM   #13
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I guess I will have to eventually get rid of the queen. I was originally hoping the aquarium of the pacific would take her. But I was politely told that they ONLY have fish from the pacific... The queen trigger is only found in the Caribbean.


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Old 01/14/2008, 01:27 AM   #14
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I can feed 10 times a day and I don't have any thing left in the water since my over flow return have to go through this...




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Old 01/14/2008, 01:39 AM   #15
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Anthony

H&S is a quality skimmer and it's what I'm running.

But the Eheim 1260NW cannot produce the milky bubbles that the BK pump does churn out... not to mention better design (bubble plate to stabilize the bubbles) plus low power usage.

Oh hey, you should know this since I'm sure you've seen Steve's BK in action. Hah hah.

I like my H&S though. You get what you pay for, I guess.


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2 is still better than 1.....Steve BK can only skim either dry or wet. I can do both plus one feed from the over flow one feed from the sump....there is nowhere for detritus or food or anything to escape my skimmer system. I have no algea on glass for 7 days Steve need to wipe his glass like I change diaper for my son....:-)


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Old 01/14/2008, 02:10 AM   #17
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Anthony, heh heh, if that were your logic, then why not just get 2 BK skimmers.

Since we're talking about a $2000 skimmer, I assume money is no object, especially since salty is an attorney.


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