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post #21 of 35 Old 07-22-2012, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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I was reading the reviews on that skimmer i posted and i didn't see a bad one about it, i think for the money i'll try it out and if it doesn't work out i'll purchase a better one, what would you suggest for a powerhead?
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post #22 of 35 Old 07-22-2012, 09:22 PM
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Really DO NOT skimp out on the skimmer, get the best suitable one for you tank even if costs a bit more. It will be well worth it. I went cheap (actually free) when I started my tank (32g now a 55g) and regret using it..it was useless. I have a Reef Octopus NW110 on the tank now, set me back $190 + shipping but pulls a lot out of the water.

I have 2 Koralia 750gph powerheads in my 55g although it is a standard 55g and not a tall.

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post #23 of 35 Old 07-22-2012, 09:40 PM
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Really DO NOT skimp out on the skimmer, get the best suitable one for you tank even if costs a bit more. It will be well worth it. I went cheap (actually free) when I started my tank (32g now a 55g) and regret using it..it was useless. I have a Reef Octopus NW110 on the tank now, set me back $190 + shipping but pulls a lot out of the water.

I have 2 Koralia 750gph powerheads in my 55g although it is a standard 55g and not a tall.
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post #24 of 35 Old 07-23-2012, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Apparently this tank I bought had a 12 inch ball python in it six years ago and has been in storage for 5 years are there any special measures I should take when cleaning it before adding stuff to it?
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post #25 of 35 Old 07-23-2012, 04:39 PM
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Keep in mind, every decision ties into the next. This isn't a top of line skimmer, so give yourself a strike. Does this mean you are in trouble, no. But if you also tell me you are only going with 40 pounds of live rock, using crushed coral instead of aragonite, and not worrying about testing for alkalinity and calcium... then now the strikes are adding up and your odds of success are dropping fast.

In other words, you can make small cuts on some things, but it all adds up at the end of the day. That SeaClone skimmer is perfectly adequate for a 55 gallon tank. I've use that skimmer personally on probably a dozen different setups and would not hesitate on a 55. But I would also understand the limitations.
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post #26 of 35 Old 07-24-2012, 04:46 AM Thread Starter
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Obviously I'm going to test for everything that needs testing and I'm probably adding in about 60-70lbs of live rock with around 55. Lbs of live sand
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post #27 of 35 Old 07-24-2012, 09:57 AM
Without a good skimmer, those water paramters get outta hand quickly.
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post #28 of 35 Old 07-24-2012, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Would putting a 70 gallon aqua clear filter on it help out since I went with a cheaper skimmer?
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post #29 of 35 Old 07-24-2012, 11:06 AM
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Would putting a 70 gallon aqua clear filter on it help out since I went with a cheaper skimmer?
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Filters add to the parameter issues, they do not normally resove the issue. They become Nitrate factories. You can get away without a Skimmer (not advisable), just be prepared to change 10-20% of your water every week, that in itself will become expensive.
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post #30 of 35 Old 07-24-2012, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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So i gotta start from square one, the tank i have is apparently a 45 gallon tank, I returned it to the people i bought it from, and im currently looking for a new one.
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