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Old 08-20-2012, 03:09 PM   #41
 
Hmm.. that sounds like a PITA. I dont suppose I could just soak it in a mild bleach solution for a day or two then thoroughly rinse it and let it dry? Or what about baking or boiling it? If not then I'll prob just purchase some :P
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:24 PM   #42
 
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Hmm.. that sounds like a PITA. I dont suppose I could just soak it in a mild bleach solution for a day or two then thoroughly rinse it and let it dry? Or what about baking or boiling it? If not then I'll prob just purchase some :P
PITA - that is my father's nickname. He has a tendency to make everything a pain in the... well you know.

I don't like soaking anything in bleach that is going in a fish tank. Also, that has no effect on the possible heavy metals that you have to ensure are not in the rock. These heavy metals can be very detrimental to the system. I also don't think that baking or boiling will help with the heavy metal problem.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:36 PM   #43
 
Haha! Well I can relate as I am being a PITA noob to you guys lmao! Yea I'll just have to suck it up and purchase some from the LFS then. How long should it take for all the rock and sand to become live? I think I'm going to get dead and just seed it with some live.
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:40 PM   #44
 
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You guys are so awesome!!!! Thank you both for your time and expertise! Would this skimmer be acceptable to go in a 10 gallon sump/fuge?

Lee's Counter Current Protein Skimmer at PETCO

And as far as dosing for Calcium and Alkalinity, I assume this means adding a supplement to the tank?
No, that skimmer is not going to work. Might think maybe abiut a Nano Hydor. And yes, you will have to dose suppliments in the tank to keep parameters in check.
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:07 PM   #45
 
Ouch, that's a bit expensive :/ What makes that skimmer better over the one from PetCo? What should I look for in a skimmer?

Is this better
Marineland 100 In-Sump Protein Skimmer for Aquarium 9-31 | eBay
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:04 PM   #46
 
I think I found one you guys will approve of :)

Protein Skimmer Filter Pump With Power Head Fish Tank Aquarium Tank Salt Water 813373012163 | eBay
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:18 PM   #47
 
Nope, see how the air intake is after the pump, means the pump isn't choppin up the water and air together. The skimmer is the one thing that is crucial to your system, this piece of equipment you don't want to skimp on, trust me.
Eshopps 100H Hang On GenII Protein Skimmer w/ pump | eBay
Coralife 125G Skimmer | eBay
Sorry I can't be of more help there. I'm tryin to give you chepos that are still great.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:51 PM   #48
 
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I ran that Coralife 125. I will say: for the money, it gets the job done. You will have to clean it regularly though. If the neck gets too dirty, it doesn't skim all that well.

I did have a red sea Berlin with a needle wheel that I felt did the best job. Same thing though: if it was dirty, no skimmate was produced.

Madness is right. Don't skimp here. I have a bucket full of half rate skimmers (Seaclone, Prizm) that would've saved me a couple hundred if I never even bought them. A month after each purchase I was looking for a better skimmer.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:58 PM   #49
 
Dangit! I thought I had it! I'm gonna try to get the Coralife 125. I dont want to skimp on quality, it's just that I still dont know exactly how they work. I have a general idea though :)
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:15 PM   #50
 
Are used skimmers okay to get or no because of contamination?
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