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Old 07-15-2009, 10:47 PM   #11
 
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I personally use carbon on my marine systems, but I do not like the black carbon pads. I prefer a bag of carbon placed inside the sump.
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Old 07-15-2009, 11:06 PM   #12
 
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I personally use carbon on my marine systems, but I do not like the black carbon pads. I prefer a bag of carbon placed inside the sump.
Is this the skimmer you use? Would I place it in the front compartment where the bio balls once lived or on the pump side? I saw a really neat design where the bioball side was turned into a refugium (live macro) and then the outside of sump protein skimmer pump was placed next to the return pump in the back chamber.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Matt
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:20 AM   #13
 
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This is not the skimmer I use on my 54 bowfront, but it is the skimmer I plan to upgrade to. I have seen the skimmer in action and was impressed with the production and ease of service. I have also talked in person to someone I know well that is using this skimmer on his 125 and is very pleased. Overall, I would not hesitate to buy this unit.

I am personally using the ASM G3 on my 180. I would have suggested an ASM G1 for your 54 bowfront, but the footprint of the ASM models is larger than the Marine Series Advanced Skimmer. Given the small amount of floor space under a 54 bowfront, I think it makes more sense to use the Marine Series skimmer. Plus, you save some cash and still get the needed results.

If your sump is large enough you could split the drain line and have a slow flow into a refugium and the remainder into the return area of your sump, housing the skimmer in the return. The problem becomes adjustments with the skimmer, because evaporation takes place out of the return area, lowering the water pressure placed against the bubbles in the skimmer column. You may also have problems with bubbles from the skimmer discharge entering the return pump and back into the aquarium.
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Old 07-16-2009, 11:07 PM   #14
 
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This is not the skimmer I use on my 54 bowfront, but it is the skimmer I plan to upgrade to. I have seen the skimmer in action and was impressed with the production and ease of service. I have also talked in person to someone I know well that is using this skimmer on his 125 and is very pleased. Overall, I would not hesitate to buy this unit.

I am personally using the ASM G3 on my 180. I would have suggested an ASM G1 for your 54 bowfront, but the footprint of the ASM models is larger than the Marine Series Advanced Skimmer. Given the small amount of floor space under a 54 bowfront, I think it makes more sense to use the Marine Series skimmer. Plus, you save some cash and still get the needed results.

If your sump is large enough you could split the drain line and have a slow flow into a refugium and the remainder into the return area of your sump, housing the skimmer in the return. The problem becomes adjustments with the skimmer, because evaporation takes place out of the return area, lowering the water pressure placed against the bubbles in the skimmer column. You may also have problems with bubbles from the skimmer discharge entering the return pump and back into the aquarium.

I like this idea!!! My current sump is 8" x 18" (Amiracle Slim Line 50) -

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The back return area is 8x8. The front section is 8x10. The front 6" is slanted, leaving the 4" closest to the return area flat.

What if I kept my current box and only added the external refugium? I could add a 10x11 fuge and have it fall into the return area.

Would the front or back section of my current sump be large enough to hold the protein skimmer and do what I want? I could easily flip the box and make the 8x8 flat section house the protein skimmer and the larger area catch the fuge water and pump it back to the tank.

Would that work?

Thanks,

Matt
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:35 AM   #15
 
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The skimmer I listed only needs a 5'' x 5'' footprint, so yes it will fit.
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:39 PM   #16
 
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The skimmer I listed only needs a 5'' x 5'' footprint, so yes it will fit.

Have you heard anything about the
ASM MINI-G Protein Skimmer?


A friend suggested it as an alternative to the marineland one you suggested. Have you heard of this ASM mini?

Thanks,

Matt
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Old 07-24-2009, 01:06 AM   #17
 
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i have an ASM mini and i liked it when i used it. i removed the sponge. i also wouldnt use it on any tank larger then 45-50 gallons so if you plan on upgrading the tank size i think a new skimmer would be needed.
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:08 AM   #18
 
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I use an ASM G3 on my 180 and I like it a lot. I would not hesitate to buy any of the ASM skimmers. Just make sure you have space in your sump.
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:31 PM   #19
 
Need to add pods?

Hello Everyone,

My 54 GAL corner bow front now has the following inhabitants:

2 clowns
3 chromis
1 red scooter
1 green mandarin
1 red bali starfish
cleaner shrimp
peppermint shrimp
various species of snails
red and blue leg hermits

Both the scooter and mandarin are eating well (mysis), but I've been reading I should add pods to my tank (copepods and amphipods) to boost the system.

Does anything have thoughts for or against adding the pods? How many should I add?

How do I add them?

Thanks,

Matt
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:22 AM   #20
 
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Is this the skimmer you use? Would I place it in the front compartment where the bio balls once lived or on the pump side? I saw a really neat design where the bioball side was turned into a refugium (live macro) and then the outside of sump protein skimmer pump was placed next to the return pump in the back chamber.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Matt
I've got two of them on both of my 56 gal and 55 gal tanks - the Marineland 100 Advanced Skimmer and so far they work great and fit well into almost any sump. Pretty good choice....also one recommended by those on the forum.

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