Originally Posted by Pasfur
Nick is going to hate me for saying this... but I think this is a great idea. Even better, spend an extra $10 on another 10 gallon tank and have both a Q tank and a sump!
If you buy a hang on skimmer, make sure it have an overflow! Most of them do not.
hey I agree with the spend the extra $10 for the sump! LOL. i won't hate you! it's just an opinion and as you know there's many ways to skin a cat. I went thru alot of mistakes because i've been keeping SW tanks for like 17 years. Over that time i've probably kept over 8 tanks from FOWLR to full blown sps reef which is where i'm at now. In that time i did the "go the cheaper route", "skimp on equipment route"', "do i really need a RO route", etc. Now i've come to realize, in my humble opinion that it's best to avoid water quality problems than to react. remember i'm kinda anal about water quality because i'm keeping sps corals. SPS, then LPS, Softies, FOWLR is the order of sequence for difficulty in keeping and water quality requirements, where sps requires best water quality and FOWLR you can get away with lesser water quality. To me the best way is to avoid water quality issues before it takes hold because changes for the better in a tank is a looong, expensive, labor intense, test your will, and do i really wanna do this hobby process. hobbiest will skimp on skimmers, ro units, and then buy expensive fish and corals then fight to keep water quailty to avoid algae and such. then over the long run, they'll spend more $ for phosphate removers, water changes, tap water conditioners, salt and tons of labor in servicing their tanks because of algae after the fact. To me it's best to avoid all this if at all possible.
If you take one opinion out of all this "go with a good oversize skimmer". Personally i did and would never go with another HOB skimmer if i can help it. They tend to inject bubbles into the display tank, you can't control the skimmer level because the tak evaporates and the water pressure changes with water level so you end up constantly adjusting the skimmer. They are not real good at taking gunk/funk out of the tank. To me a skimmer is the backbone to keeping a reef as far as filtering the water. In the time i've been keeping SW tanks i've upgraded at least 5 times or more. The skimmer i have now will allow mistakes. if i mistakenly overfeed the skimmer pulls it out before it can pollute the water. As a matter a fact when i feed the fish and corals better eat fast otherwise it will all end up in the skimmer LOL. if you get a good skimmer it will compensate some amount of mistakes you make to your tank. just my opinion.