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Old 02-17-2009, 07:11 PM   #21
 
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ok...I'll try to be better haha. Thank you Cody...sorry to be all batchy. I actually tend to get along with girls then guys anyway. So I'll say this thank you for trying to help and I wont get all pissy again.
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Old 02-17-2009, 07:14 PM   #22
 
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High quality model, Berlin X2, capable of an upgrade to a 75 gallon or larger. Sump or hang on capable. Great for reef or high bioload FOWLR:
Berlin X2 Venturi Skimmer- 13.7 in. x 20 in. x 7.9 in. | Venturi Models | Protein Skimmers | Aquarium - ThatPetPlace.com

Small step down in price, Coralife Super Skimmer, capable up to a 55 gallon tank. A nice choice for a soft coral tank, or FOWLR at a normal stocking level.
Super Skimmer with Needle Wheel - Up to 65 gallon | Venturi Models | Protein Skimmers | Aquarium - ThatPetPlace.com

Another drop in price, the only skimmer for under $100 that I would consider decent in quality. The Seaclone 100 would be acceptable on your tank, and a great choice if you have a tight budget.
Seaclone Protein Skimmer 100 - 17 3/4 in. high | Venturi Models | Protein Skimmers | Aquarium - ThatPetPlace.com

I would determine the price that you are able to afford, and then buy the best quality of the 3 that fits your budget.
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:28 PM   #23
 
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should i get a sump?
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Old 02-18-2009, 05:55 PM   #24
 
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There are a lot of benefits to a sump, but the cost increases by a few hundred dollars. Do you have the ability to afford a sump in your budget?
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Old 02-19-2009, 03:22 PM   #25
 
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well i'm getting a job at a lfs so i'm gonna save
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:02 PM   #26
 
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if i was in your shoes, i would do a DIY sump.

all it basically is, is a tank with acrylic sheets siliconed in. if you compare how much it will cost to make vs. how much it costs to buy its a pretty significant difference.
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:45 PM   #27
 
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do you have directions of some kind? and how do you plumb it?
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Old 02-19-2009, 10:34 PM   #28
 
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http://www.fishforum.com/member-subm...g-sumps-15930/

YouTube - Reef Tank D.I.Y. Sump part 1

my sump, which is a mess right now because im keeping extra rock in it for the moment but its chambers go:
| skimmer (inlet) | bubble trap | return pump | bubble trap | refugium (inlet) |
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Old 02-20-2009, 03:20 PM   #29
 
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well thanks a lot for this information! This is going to be in my room, and I heard they are noisy. is there anyway you can reduce the noise? And what kind of noise? Like mechanical or water running?
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:18 PM   #30
 
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water running and possible hum of a return pump. theres ways to reduce noise though like using a durso standpipe in your overflow, if you enclose the sump in the stand that will muffle the noise too.
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