08-21-2010, 11:01 PM
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You could definately muffle the nois of the skimmer complete enclosing the stand of the tank and putting some sound board on the inside but just the regular wood of the stand will help a lot. Sometimes the back of stands are , well there is no back. Based on your situation I think that you should custom build a tank. Search rickets reef k YouTube and go to his page. He has a vid that will show you how. If you have to get a new skimmer because it will go in the sump some like to be of the water only about 6 inches. Then you could build your tank height to about 8 or 9 in.
Plotter better yet don't bother with a sump. They are not required to have a great tank. It seems like this is your first tank and I think it would be good to keep it simple. I don't even have a skimmer on my 30 gallon reef and all my SOS lps and sorties are doing awesome. You don't have to use your skimmer either. Activated carbon does the same thing that a skimmer does in theory. It absorbs nitrates and a skimmer removes them into a collection cup.
If I were you I would have my powerheds in the tank and my heater and just deal with the skimmer and get it to be quiet. The deadline is a popular skimmer and I'm sure you could find a lot of help with it.
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