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post #11 of 16 Old 02-06-2010, 08:13 AM
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Marineland is a good brand, but the SeaClone is a not a good model for your tank size. Marineland dramatically overstates the size tank that this skimmer is good for. Now, you want a sump model skimmer. If you are a Marineland fan, they do make a nice in sump unit:
Marineland Pro In Sump Protein Skimmer 300 Marineland Pro Skimmer

Here are some other options that I would trust also:
Red Sea Berlin X2 Turbo Skimmer with Pump
In-Sump Protein Skimmer - G3 - 250 Gallon - 25 in. high | Venturi Models | Protein Skimmers | Aquarium - ThatPetPlace.com
Octopus Needle Wheel Skimmer - Large - 8 in. | Venturi Models | Protein Skimmers | Aquarium - ThatPetPlace.com

You should look closely at the dimensions of each of these skimmers and measure the space you have available. I personally use the ASM G3 on my 180 FOWLR and have been happy with the performance. Each of the skimmers listed above has a good reputation in the hobby, for a low cost skimmer. I have personally used or seen each of the above skimmers in use, and would personally feel comfortable with any of these.

You can spend $500+ on a skimmer to achieve spectacular performance, but I have always had success in the price range of the skimmers listed above.
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post #12 of 16 Old 02-06-2010, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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we did take back the marineland skimmer and purchased the reef octopus you have posted above...although we did pay a little more then that...money is kinda tight but we want to do this right so we are willing to spend what ever we need in order to do so....we are going to start curing the rock we have today and we need to go purchase 2 more bags of live sand...we already have 2....can we use another kind of sand mixed with the live sand we have?

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post #13 of 16 Old 02-09-2010, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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just an update....we are still working on getting our SW set up..HOWEVER...the 250 we got scammed on (another thread)...the law was on our side and we picked it up yesterday....so this 250 is now going to be our saltwater tank. that being said....this tank IS drilled....so im not sure how much this changes the set up??

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post #14 of 16 Old 02-09-2010, 04:19 PM
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I am glad one of my fellow tropical fish keepers is taking the marine plunge. Good luck!
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thanks Frank!! you may become my leaning buddy!!

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post #16 of 16 Old 02-09-2010, 08:46 PM
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thanks Frank!! you may become my leaning buddy!!
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