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Old 06-24-2010, 06:43 AM   #1
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Protein skimmer advice

Hey everyone,

Newbie to the forum here I'm in the process of setting up a 75 gallon FOWLR tank and I need some advice on purchasing a protein skimmer. Just to give you a little info on my setup..I am not able to drill my tank so I have no plans to add a sump and I will be using a RENA Filstar XP2 canister filter. Therefore, I will need a hang-on tank protein skimmer.

I'm sure that many of you do not frown upon overkill as far as filtration goes lol. How does everyone feel about Coralife Super Skimmers w/ needle-wheel? Is that a pretty decent protein skimmer? I can't afford to spend too much but at the same time, I don't want a piece of crap that I'm going to need to replace in a year or so. Which one would you recommend going with? At Big Al's Online, there's a $20 difference between the 125 gallon skimmer and the 220 gallon skimmer..should I just go w/ the 220 gallon?

http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...wheel125gallon

http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...wheel220gallon

Also, how is the maintenance on these Coralife skimmers? Fairly easy? Are they durable skimmers that should last a while? Are there other skimmers in that approximate price range that you would recommend over Coralife?

Thanks in advance,
Josh
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:21 AM   #2
 
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havnt heard the best thing about those coralifes but at the same time havnt really heard much at all. IMO you want to empty the wallet on the skimmer ( and then some ) so if moneys tight save up for awhile.
now for your canister filter... remove that, clean it and put it on a freshwater tank where it belongs.
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:32 AM   #3
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havnt heard the best thing about those coralifes but at the same time havnt really heard much at all. IMO you want to empty the wallet on the skimmer ( and then some ) so if moneys tight save up for awhile.
now for your canister filter... remove that, clean it and put it on a freshwater tank where it belongs.
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Why do you say that about the filter? Is it not good for a saltwater tank?
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:59 AM   #4
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Also, what makes & models of protein skimmers do you recommend?
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:41 AM   #5
 
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no canister filter will be good on a saltwater tank unless its empty or used for just carbon but i prefer a reactor for that.
the reason canister filters, bio balls, anything that will trap debris and detritus are bad, is just that... it traps debris and detritus and gives them a chance to break down and spike your nitrates. the way a skimmer works, it basically blends the water until it foams and the foam rises up and into a collection cup. no sponges, fibers, or nooks and crannies for poop or food to get stuck. when my tank was still mine ( i moved and left it ) it had a constant 0 ppm nitrate reading. granted i had a sump with macro algaes, carefully fed, had a quality skimmer, plenty of live rock, deep sand bed and thats about all the filtration you'd need. this was also a reef so ideal water quality is just that.
as for skimmers i liked my MR2 besides the fact it was so noisy i had to get rid of it and use i believe it was an MTC skimmer that was in-sump only but way quieter and preformed just as good. i also liked my ASM when i had it. theres alot of good skimmers out there, but be warned alot are just overpriced pieces of plastic. read online reviews and ask questions. look for a local reefing club in your area and ask around there.
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:06 PM   #6
 
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i agree with onefish i personally would not use the canister... now about a sump.. you dont have to drill to have one.. you can use an overflow box or DIY design and still use a sump.... thats how a lot of people get away with out drilling. (you saw mine, not one hole in that tank)
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Old 06-25-2010, 05:59 AM   #7
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i agree with onefish i personally would not use the canister... now about a sump.. you dont have to drill to have one.. you can use an overflow box or DIY design and still use a sump.... thats how a lot of people get away with out drilling. (you saw mine, not one hole in that tank)
Yeah, he talked me into making my own sump lol. Now I just need to find some good plans..
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Old 06-25-2010, 08:19 AM   #8
 
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heres a good start
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...g-sumps-15930/
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Old 06-25-2010, 08:21 AM   #9
 
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you could also type sump building into youtube.com

its really as easy as silicon'ing a piece(s) of plexi into an empty used tank.
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Old 06-25-2010, 06:18 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone! Just a few more questions..what's the best kind of pump to use for the sump? Do I just look for "return" pumps? And how do I determine what flow rate I need for a 75 gal tank?

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