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Old 01/13/2007, 12:41 PM   #1
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shelf life for skimmers?

i have a question about how long a skimmer can be expected to last. in the next few weeks i will be setting up a tank in the 55-75 gallon range. i'll be living in a small apartment so that is all i will really have room for... however, in about 3-5 years i will probably be moving to a house in the suburbs, at which time i'm sure i'll want to upgrade to a tank in the 150-200 gallon range. would it be smart to spend the extra $40 to get a skimmer that is rated for 200 gallons now? or in 3 years time will i have to buy a new skimmer anyway?

any thoughts are appreciated

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Old 01/13/2007, 12:47 PM   #2
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Skimmers will last as long as there pump holds out. Just remember there is no such thing as too big of a skimmer. If the proteins are sucked out of the water it will stop skimming. You can't over skim a tank. either your skimming or your not. My advise---always go bigger when it comes to skimmers.

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Old 01/13/2007, 12:55 PM   #3
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so basically if the pump is fried, i can just can get a new pump and go from there, correct?

thanks, that helps!

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