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JohnnyD 11-23-2009 10:44 PM

Need advice on a skimmer
 
I am building a saltwater tank for the first time and have a lead on a CPR Bak Pak 2 Protein Skimmer for relatively cheap and was wondering if it would work for my new tank. I have a 42 gallon tank with a bowed front i picked up off craigs list. I guess my only question so far is will a CPR Bak Pak 2 Protein Skimmer be enough for this sized tank? I will plan on having 42+ lbs of live rock.

Thanks in advance!

terryap 11-24-2009 05:27 AM

If I am not mistaken, this skimmer is rated for a tank upto 60 gallons, so you are cutting it a little close, I guess it would also depend on what you plan on adding to the tank as live stock, but if it were me, I would go bigger just to be safe.
I am sure someone else on the forum can also comment.

JohnnyD 11-24-2009 10:37 AM

what about the Seaclone 100 Skimmer with Pump? says up to 100gals but is it a decent skimmer?

terryap 11-24-2009 05:48 PM

I have one on my 20 gallon, works allright, but constantly have to keep adjusting it to keep the skim coming, I would think on a 42 gallon it would be allright, but not 100% sure.....I am upgrading to a 65G and have ordered the remora pro, as I don't think the seaclone 100 can handle the 65G, but with a 42G I think it would be ok, only thing I would recommend is you have to clean the sponge over the intake just about everyday.
I am sure someone else will take a look at this post and give their opinion/recommendation

Pasfur 11-25-2009 05:43 AM

Great advice TerryAnn.

The difficult with a 40 gallon tank is that you are just starting to get big enough that you want a good quality skimmer. The BakPak is probably capable, but is pushing the limits of what this skimmer will do. A lot of this depends on the livestock you intend to keep. You would not want to use a BakPak on a 40 gallon reef setup, but would probably be fine on a FOWLR systems that is gently stocked. The SeaClone will provide a bit better results but requires more frequent adjustments.

My honest opinion is that you should make the skimmer the most expensive purchase on your list. Invest in a good quality skimmer and the results will show. Do you have a sump system, or does the skimmer have to be a hang on model?

JohnnyD 11-25-2009 02:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pasfur (Post 279787)
Great advice TerryAnn.

The difficult with a 40 gallon tank is that you are just starting to get big enough that you want a good quality skimmer. The BakPak is probably capable, but is pushing the limits of what this skimmer will do. A lot of this depends on the livestock you intend to keep. You would not want to use a BakPak on a 40 gallon reef setup, but would probably be fine on a FOWLR systems that is gently stocked. The SeaClone will provide a bit better results but requires more frequent adjustments.

My honest opinion is that you should make the skimmer the most expensive purchase on your list. Invest in a good quality skimmer and the results will show. Do you have a sump system, or does the skimmer have to be a hang on model?

Thank you both for responding. I am leaning towards building a FOWLR system, not a reef system. I also need it to be a HOB skimmer, not a sump. What is considered a gently stocked system? I was planning on putting at least 42 lbs live rock. How many corals and/or fish will i be able to add before I am no longer considered gently stocked? Sorry for the newbie questions, i have been bothering the guy at Aquatek too, dont worry haha.

Thanks

Pasfur 11-25-2009 05:16 PM

When I think of a gently stocked system, I am thinking more about the types of fish than the numbers. Assuming you stock the tank properly with smaller sized fish, such as Centropyge angelfish (or smaller sized) species, then the number of fish will not determine your system. Actually, territory and aggression will limit your fish selections, and you will be able to tell from visual observation of your tank when this occurs. I am guessing 4 or 5 fish at most, depending on species.

In this case, with 40+ pounds of rock and a deep sand bed, the BakPak would be fine. I would personally suggest you upgrade to a better skimmer. If you have a budget, I can recommend a skimmer.

JohnnyD 11-25-2009 08:25 PM

Interesting point. I do have a budget, i'd like to keep it around $100-115 or so. I'm a student so i'm kinda buying the equipment piece by piece haha. Could i get a decent HOB skimmer for around that or am i pushing it?

I also just purchased the AQUACLEAR POWERHEAD 50 off ebay. I got it for 17 bucks new so I went ahead and pulled the trigger and got it. Would that power head suffice or should I get another as well?

Thanks again for all the help guys.

terryap 11-25-2009 08:28 PM

I figure on water current around 30 X the size of your tank will give you a decent water current, I have however seen on the forum 15 X the size, but I think this is more for FOWLR.
if you are planning on any corals at all, I would definately aim for minimum 30x tank size.

JohnnyD 11-25-2009 08:31 PM

side note: the bak pak was selling for $65


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