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Old 08-15-2008, 07:58 PM   #1
 
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Skilter filters

Has anyone used these: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...41&pcatid=3641

I like it cuz it's very space saving for a nano aquarium, but I'm wondering if it's gonna break, or just not work very well. Thanks!
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Old 08-16-2008, 12:06 AM   #2
 
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I have used the exact model several times on 10 gallon systems. They are WAY overrated for tank size and have no place at all on any aquarium larger than 10 gallons. The reaction time is so short that the amount of organics processed by the skimmer are very small. Additionally, the quality of the foam is very poor, like ice tea.

If you already have a skilter and you are setting up a very small aquarium for quarantine purposes, then go for it. Otherwise you are really just wasting your money.

On my units I modified the reaction chamber by eliminating the venturi valve and using a wooden airstone and air pump. This was a nice upgrade in foam quality and eliminated the extremely noisy venturi that this unit comes with.

If you want some suggestions for similar cost, give me some tank specs and i will share my experience.
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Old 08-16-2008, 02:52 AM   #3
 
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Not sure if this adds anything to the discussion or not, but I use a Skilter 250 as a power filter on a freshwater tank, and it works just great. Good flow, plus had a big clamshell media cartridge. I removed all of the protein skimming components of the filter to get this functionality. So, if you already bought one, I'm sure you can find some use for it!
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Old 08-16-2008, 01:19 PM   #4
 
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Not sure if this adds anything to the discussion or not, but I use a Skilter 250 as a power filter on a freshwater tank, and it works just great. Good flow, plus had a big clamshell media cartridge. I removed all of the protein skimming components of the filter to get this functionality. So, if you already bought one, I'm sure you can find some use for it!
Exactly! Actually, they sell the AquaMaster for FW systems, which is actually the same filter minus the "skimmer".
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:09 PM   #5
 
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Thanks for the response.

It's *going* to be a 10G pico reef. Currently the only thing I have for it is a 40W CF light. I want to do it right with all the accessories, as this is my first saltwater tank. I'm pretty comfortable with all the chemistry of sw tanks and am confident I can maintain it well, especially with a good setup in the first place. I'm mostly interested in the coral, and I know how much $ I would spend on a larger tank, so that's why I'm staying small.

I was planning on using a protein skimmer, power filter & lots of live rock for filtration. I'm also planning to use live sand. Not sure what kind yet, but probably something pretty (and therefore expensive). Again, reasons why a 10G tank is good. I can afford fancy sand for small tanks!

Stocking wise I'm mostly interested in coral. I'd love a clam (which can easily be rehomed to a friend's tank when it gets too large). Crabs, snails & hermit crabs are super fun too. I'd love a harlequin shrimp (I can get starfish bits rather easily). Fish stocking is going to be whatever is small, pretty & reef safe. I can easily rehome a fish if it outgrows my tank.

So- hook me up Pasfur!
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:26 PM   #6
 
Another 10G reefer. Welcome to the club! Lol. :)

That light should be fine for most softies. *Maybe* some LPS, but it all depends on what it would be. A protein skimmer, IMO, is not needed if you are godo on WCS and have enough LR with seeded sand. I dont think a PS is needed in tanks under 20 gallons. Again thats just me.

A clam cant be done under your lighting, unfortunatley. If you were to upgrade, then you could fit a T. Crocea Clam in somewhere, as they only reach 6" while others, like T. Maxima, reach 10-12".

All of these fish would fit perfectly:
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/a...&count=32&s=ts
Thats only a small amount of many. If you only want a single, fun fish thats stays small, then I would reccomend a Clown Goby.

Have you checked out Sexy Shrimp? These are the funniest shrimp ever, and stay around .75". You could easily keep a group of 3 OR 5 (they like odd numbers) with a Clown Goby if you would want to do that.

And I think Pico is unde 5 gallons. Hehe.

Good luck with your tank! Shoot us any questions if you have them.
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:09 PM   #7
 
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I've heard from a few sources that I'll be able to keep a lower light clam with my lighting, such as derasa or squamosa, and I plan to keep them towards the upper part of my aquarium. I'm aware that they are very sensitive to changes in salinity.

Clown goby is out. As cute as they are, I would shoot someone if they looked at my tank and commented on my "nemo" fish. I'm not so into keeping the average fish, and would prefer an incredibly strange looking one :)

I'm aware that a skimmer probably isn't needed, but I'm paranoid about water quality in such a small tank, so I'd like to get one. Would it just be completely ineffective?
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Old 08-22-2008, 04:54 PM   #8
 
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Clown goby is out. As cute as they are, I would shoot someone if they looked at my tank and commented on my "nemo" fish. I'm not so into keeping the average fish, and would prefer an incredibly strange looking one :)

I'm aware that a skimmer probably isn't needed, but I'm paranoid about water quality in such a small tank, so I'd like to get one. Would it just be completely ineffective?
A clown goby is not to be confused with a Ocellaris Clownfish. The Ocellaris is Nemo. A Clown Goby is a different fish completely and a perfect selection for a small tank.

A skimmer would be valuable on your tank. Perhaps not necessary if you use activated carbon heavily and change water frequently, but a valuable piece of equipment nonetheless. I would never suggest doing a first saltwater setup without a skimmer.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:31 PM   #9
 
Yes, a Clown goby in no way is related to a clownfish. The most generic is the Yellow, and is my favorite, but there are other varietys.
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I know you said that you can and most likely will move the clam, but Im sure you know that a Derasa Clam can reach 18", and Squamosa can reach 16". The lighting I do not think will be enough. T5 is reccomneded the very least for any clam. Even thoguh these guys can survive PC, this light isnt strong enough IMO.

Again, you dont need a skimmer. I do not have one on my 10, nor will I when I upgrade. Like I said, skimmers (IMO) only are needed in tanks over 20/25 gallons. However, if you are paranoid abotu water quality, then get a skimmer. Pasfur definatley has a different opion on this, and is much more experienced than me. He shows the most about equipment, too.
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Old 08-22-2008, 08:56 PM   #10
 
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Yeah, I know the clown gobies are different fish, but they look similar enough to clownfish that it would bug me. Sorry! I'm just silly :P Like I said, I enjoy really weird looking fish.

I'll def. get a protein skimmer. Yes, I am paranoid about water quality! Do either of you have a recommendation? Is an in-tank one OK? I was looking at this one (link below) as it's small, and made by Current USA, a brand I trust:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=14676

From what I've heard, coral likes lots of water flow. Would the Magnum H.O.T. be too much though? It's 250 GPH. I can hook it up so the water output is in several different places which is cool.
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