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post #1 of 2 Old 04-28-2011, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 29 gallon take with and I am having issue with long green hair algea. I have started buying RO water from the fish store and change my bulb. I have a Penguin Power Filter 350 and just a basic light set up t-8. I just read that I should buy a protein skimmer instead of the power filter. My question is which one should i but since I am on a budget and second should I look into replacing my like.
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post #2 of 2 Old 04-28-2011, 05:29 PM
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I have a 29 gallon take with and I am having issue with long green hair algea. I have started buying RO water from the fish store and change my bulb. I have a Penguin Power Filter 350 and just a basic light set up t-8. I just read that I should buy a protein skimmer instead of the power filter. My question is which one should i but since I am on a budget and second should I look into replacing my like.
I dont have a saltwater tank but have done alot of reading on it since I will be starting one soon. I am looking into the coralife skimmers as they seem to be decently priced compared to others and dont have anywhere near as many bad reviews as the marineland skimmer or other makes that are around the same price.. You can also grab a Hang on back skimmer. I just forget who its made by but it is the same price as the coralife. Checkout petsolutions.com , they have a sale on them that makes them 100$, alittle pricey but its a decent buy and you get free shipping on that site for orders over 100$. I dont recommend them for other skimmers. Quite expensive. The algae is present due to nutrients being present for them to use. I dont think the light has much to do with it as other sources seem to be present for it to grow. I suggest using live rock and live sand also to filter the tank. It is expensive sometimes but check craigslist for someone trying to rid themself of theres. One plus of all the things I am mentioning is less nitrates being present in the water ensuring your fish are healthy and possibly less maintenance, just need careful monitoring of parameters. RO water is a must. Everyone tell me it so in turn I am actually going to buy a unit for myself. The power filter should not be used for biological filtration. It is detrimental. However u can puit phosgard and carbon in it to use as a chemical filter which is a great thing to do. Best of luck.

ps this site has great prices but I caution you that they are badly reviewed. If your handy and willing to chance it, some people have mentioned they can fix some problems they have.
heres the link
http://www.aquatraders.com/category-s/38.htm

I have not tried this skimmer at all. Its just a decent price and I was told about it by someone else on here.

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