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Is Skilter 250 power filter & protein skimmer good for 26g?

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Is Skilter 250 power filter & protein skimmer good for 26g?
Old 06-19-2008, 09:55 PM   #1
 
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I just bougth a 26G sw tank that came with Skilter 250 power filter & protein skimmer. This tank been up and running over 6 months with the previous owner and it didn't have any issue. I just want to know is this filter good for 26gal fish tank? Thanks, Benny
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Old 06-20-2008, 05:54 AM   #2
 
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Hi Benny,

In marine systems the majority of problems that occur as a result of poor equipment occur long term. Lets not make any assumptions at all based on 6 months of success. Instead, lets look at the filter based on your goals.

Your aquarium is small, so you have that advantage when it comes to skimming needs. The skilter is, without much debate from hobbyists, the single most ineffective protein skimmer available in the hobby today. The reaction chamber is extremely small, which leads to very little contact time between the bubbles and water. The gallons per hour is sufficient, but this measure is useless unless we are comparing products with similar contact time and bubble quality.

That being said, the skilter can be used effectively depending on what you are intending to keep and what your plans are for water changes and other filtration.

For example, this would be a setup that i would support, using a skilter:
26 gallons, aragonite sand, live rock, 2 Ocellaris Clownfish, and a few extremely hardy soft corals such as Yellow Polyps, Green Star Polyps, and mushrooms.

For another example, this would be a setup that i would not support at all:
26 gallons, aragonite sand, artificial corals, a few small fish, and a couple of inverts.

In other words, it depends completely on your willingness to work within the limits of this filter. My suggestion is to work with the filter you have. You can get your hands we with a marine system and when you are ready to upgrade in tank size then we can talk about real skimmer options.

By the way, you can upgrade the skilter to improve its effectiveness. If you have a small air pump and some airline tubing, then this is very inexpensive. You need to buy a wooden airstone at your LFS. Run airline tubing into the reaction chamber and use the wooden airstone to provide additional air bubbles. This works well on this unit and doubles its efficiency. I ran a 10 gallon system with a skilter 250 using this technique and it was rather effective.

Finally, if you want a more efficient unit now without spending much money at all, consider some of these options available on e-bay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=110262005124
http://cgi.ebay.com/Brand-New-Mini-P...d=p3286.c0.m14
http://cgi.ebay.com/PS-75-Protein-Sk...d=p3286.c0.m14

I like the last option best, because it can move up to a 38 gallon tank or even a 55 gallon fish-only setup. On a 26 gallon it should really kick. I just installed this unit on a friends 29 gallon tank and the results have been very nice.
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Old 06-20-2008, 08:50 AM   #3
 
Thank you very much, I just bought a 35G powerhead for the fish tank. Now I am investing in protein Skimmer.
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Old 06-20-2008, 08:00 PM   #4
 
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The PS-75 I listed above....
I have now bought from this guy 2 times on e-bay and both experiences were very positive. For what its worth.
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Old 06-20-2008, 11:59 PM   #5
 
Thanks Pasfur, I am currently the highest bidder "you're the high bidder and currently in the lead. "
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Old 06-21-2008, 12:08 AM   #6
 
Here is a picture of my new fish tank.
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Old 06-21-2008, 12:12 AM   #7
 
Here is what I have inside the tank for now
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Old 06-21-2008, 12:23 AM   #8
 
BTW, would you help me to identify what corals I have there? Plus what best products do I feed them with and how often? Thank you very much in advance.
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Old 06-21-2008, 12:29 AM   #9
 
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Awesome tank!

I'm not a saltwater guy (yet) so I'll have to let someone else do the coral ID's.
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Old 06-21-2008, 08:07 AM   #10
 
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Is that a mix of Tufa and Lava rock? Is there any actual live rock in the aquarium? If no, i would strongly encourage you to do two things:

1) add 2 or 3 pieces of live rock, 4 or 5 pounds apiece. You can do this gradually if needed.

2) When you buy your first piece of live rock, as the LFS if they will give you some "rubble" from the bottom of the live rock vat. Then pour the rubble behind your stack of rock.

These two steps should be enough to really seed the tank well and help establish a much more natural environment for your fish. The tank will be full of life in the form of copepods and amphipods that you will never have otherwise.

As to the coral identification, it is very hard to tell. I see what look like both Grand Polyps (Palythoa grandis) and Flower Anemone, which a lot of hobbyists consider to be a type of Mushroom coral. I will bring this thread to Cody's attention and see if he can help. Just out of curiousity, what did the seller tell you they are?

By they way, i have bad news for you. Your Domino Damsel has to be removed. No doubt about it. This fish is WAY to mean for an aquarium your size and will TERRORIZE anything you put with it. Here is my suggestion: For the next several days use your fish net to feed the fish. Put your food in the net, then put the net in the tank. After a few days of this, your Damsel will jump in the net for you.

Let me know after you get your skimmer. I'll walk you through the setup.
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