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post #1 of 40 Old 08-28-2012, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
protein skimmer setup

So I have a relatively new saltwater tank. I have live rock and an external power filter for filtration. From what I've read online and in books a protein skimmer is an essential part to every successful saltwater aquarium. I'm looking for some advice on what would be the best setup for my aquarium. Its a 55 gallon FOWLR for now and I have two damselfish and a firefish in it. I don't foresee getting into any real corals with it but maybe an anemone someday. Anyway I'm starting to see a bunch of crud and what looks like an oily substance floating on top of the water from tine to time so I figured this means its time to make the investment. Any pointers would be much appreciated!
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post #2 of 40 Old 08-28-2012, 07:42 PM
Hang On Back Skimmer?
Reef Octopus BH1000
SWC Xtreme hang On Tank Skimmer
Bubble Magus NAC5E Hang On Back Needle Wheel Skimmer
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post #3 of 40 Old 08-28-2012, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Hang On Back Skimmer?
Reef Octopus BH1000
SWC Xtreme hang On Tank Skimmer
Bubble Magus NAC5E Hang On Back Needle Wheel Skimmer
Yeah a hang on back would be fine. Is there such a thing as a sump skimmer? I don't want to get too overly complicated but would be nice to not have a skimmer and a filter hanging on my tank.
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post #4 of 40 Old 08-28-2012, 09:36 PM
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Yes there are sump skimmers. I have one and so do lots of people

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #5 of 40 Old 08-28-2012, 09:37 PM
Oh yea, there are in sump skimmers. All the ones I listed, the companys also have in sump skimmers. Such as
Octopus - Bulk Reef Supply
Protein Skimmer Filer Power Pump Large Aquarium Fish Tank Sal Water New | eBay
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Oh yea, there are in sump skimmers. All the ones I listed, the companys also have in sump skimmers. Such as
Octopus - Bulk Reef Supply
Protein Skimmer Filer Power Pump Large Aquarium Fish Tank Sal Water New | eBay
i just bought the bottom one 3 days ago.ill let you kno how she runs
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post #7 of 40 Old 08-28-2012, 09:48 PM
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i just bought the bottom one 3 days ago.ill let you kno how she runs
Right on!! Very nice. Definately let us in on the info.
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post #8 of 40 Old 08-28-2012, 09:58 PM
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Right on!! Very nice. Definately let us in on the info.
no prob!if i have batterys ill get a vid for ya.
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post #9 of 40 Old 08-29-2012, 12:29 AM
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no prob!if i have batterys ill get a vid for ya.
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post #10 of 40 Old 08-29-2012, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
so i ended up buying that octopus in sump skimmer after looking at all the suggestions you gave me. thanks for the info! I will let you know how it works out
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