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jeff20578 03-06-2009 09:28 AM

looking for a skimmer 55g tank
ok, im looking for a skimmer for my new 55g tank. I have a canister filter now that i was told was not good enough for the system. I understand im going to have to get a skimmer in order for my futer reef tank to work properly. I dont have much room behind my tank and i want to put a cover on the top to give it a clean look. What would be good options for this setup? I also have 2 maxi jet 1200 pumps in route to me.


Kellsindell 03-06-2009 03:36 PM

you can get something like a remora/seaurchin by AquaC one's an insump and if you don't have a sump, the other is hang on.

jeff20578 03-06-2009 05:40 PM

im looking at an AquaC Urchin in sump Protein Skimmer w/MJ 1200 Pump for $165. Is this a good pump and deal?

Boy I'm starting to think your the onlu on on this

Kellsindell 03-06-2009 06:15 PM

lol, there are others, just give it some time... some of them do work... me too, but i'm able to get online when i'm caught up with everything hourly.

It's a good skimmer and not too bad of a price. you could also look into getting an Euroreef if you are able to go with in-sump skimmers. Effecient and self cleaning, that's always nice.

jeff20578 03-06-2009 07:10 PM

so if i were to get something like this: - Euro-Reef Protein Skimmer - Euro-Reef RS-80 Protein Skimmer - Buy Cheap Protein Skimmers At Wholesale!, I assume its a sump skimmer? With this unit does it go under my fish tank and i run a hose up into the water? Also if thats the case does this unit come with everything needed to work properly? I think i'd much prefer to sped a few extra dollars to have less clutter on the back of the tank.

The load says its 80g witch would be plenty for my 55g tank.

Also since you seem to be my new saltwater info sorce, i have found a place online that sells Fiji live cured rock for good prices - should i be weary of online rock or are they all pretty similar to the petshop supplies?

thanks again

Kellsindell 03-06-2009 08:06 PM

That's a good price for it. You are correct it is a sump skimmer. According to the spects, the pump is included. It's a complete skimmer. All you need to do is plug it in and wait the breaking period of 3or-so days and it's done.

You need to be careful of the LR you get. If you are getting LR from say the ocean or they say it's un-cured then you need to quarantine the rock (regardles if the rock is uncured or cured you still need to treat it as uncured if you are getting it from online because you don't know what's in their liverock vats). The reason you put it into a quarantine is incase the LR has something on it like Mantis shrimp or aptasia, you can get it taken care of before it actually happens and spreads or hides in your tank. If you need quarantining advice i'd be more then happy to help you with that as well.

Just get a 10g tank from Walmart or a 20g, just something small.

onefish2fish 03-06-2009 09:29 PM

you need to put it into a sump, you cannot run a hose directly to the skimmer

jeff20578 03-06-2009 09:52 PM

that article has great information. Not sure if im going to be able to do this method since my storage under my take is minimal and not even tall enough to house a 22" euroreef rs80 skimmer. Guess im back to the hanging skimmer from AquaC.

onefish2fish 03-07-2009 07:18 AM

if your somewhat handy you can build a nice little frame out of wood to put it next to the main tank on the floor.

jeff20578 03-07-2009 12:14 PM

I am handy, unfortunatlly where the tank is located there is not room to build a box around it. So i was thinking originally the AquaC 1200 Skimmer - Now im thinking about getting the AquaC Remora Pro skimmer whitch seems to be a little better and stronger. I think the 1200 would probably do a good job, but for a few dollars more i might as well upgrade to a more powerful one incase i ever needed it in the future.

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