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Old 09-23-2010, 10:08 PM   #31
 
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reviews are a great way to tell what you are getting and often you get what you pay for... unless you are a lucky dude like myself of course then you always get better
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Old 09-24-2010, 08:11 AM   #32
 
eh, I don't consider myself lucky but I do catch decent deals now and again. I'm debated on ev180 or ev120, the 240 is too much for my tank don't you think?
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:11 AM   #33
 
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i am of the opinion that
A) you can never over skim
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B) if you get a really big one that is one less piece to buy when you decide to upgrade
if no plans to up grade then one that is rated for at least you total volume + 50% minimum
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:27 AM   #34
 
I'll get the 180, it's rated for tanks from 75-180 which one day I hope to get a 90g
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Old 09-25-2010, 07:52 AM   #35
 
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I am having second thoughts about the flame angel and damsels. I am seeing that the flame angels nip coral, and damsels are quite nippy with tank mates. Anyone had problems with these fish or is it a uncommon occurrence?
Centropyge angelfish are a "risk" in reef tanks, including the Flame. That being said, for the most part people have had luck, although you do hear of the occasional one nipping on corals. So, if you are looking for sure things, then avoid the dwarf angel family altogether. I personally have a Coral Beauty in my reef... sometimes it will nip... but this is rare and has not been a problem. I believe the key is a daily feeding of the fish.

Damsels as a whole should be avoided in almost every situation. As an exception, the Yellow Tail Damsels are somewhat passive, in tanks of 6 foot in length or larger. In aquariums under 6 foot they show quite a bit of nipping behavior towards other fish.
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Old 09-25-2010, 11:50 AM   #36
 
once again I've changed my equipment, good thing I'm not an impulsive buyer!! I am seeing alot of positive reviews of the Coralife SuperSkimmer.
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:53 AM   #37
 
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once again I've changed my equipment, good thing I'm not an impulsive buyer!! I am seeing alot of positive reviews of the Coralife SuperSkimmer.
this isn't a bad skimmer at all. One of our long term regulars, Austin, used this skimmer on his 75 gallon reef for a long time before upgrading. Dollar for dollar, its a nice hang on unit.
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:52 AM   #38
 
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What are the dimensions of your 50 gal. I just hope that you don't make the same mistake that I made. If you are serious about having coral, you might want to make sure that you have AT LEAST 18 inches from the front of your thank to the back of your tank. Other wise, it is impossible to have coral as big as mine and still clean the front glass without breaking your coral. By the way, my coral is WAY BIGGER than you see in my avitar. I have to update my pic. soon. I had a 55 gal. and thought it was perfect until my coral grew and I couldn't clean my tank without breaking my coral. I sold it, at a loss and got a 75 gal. that gave me 6 more inches. I still break my green bali slimmer when I clean but It's not too bad. So far, I have sold exactly $ 1,425.00 worth of coral from my tank. It grows and I have to frag to make room. Good luck
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