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So I have a relatively new saltwater tank. I have live rock and an external power filter for filtration. From what I've read online and in books a protein skimmer is an essential part to every successful saltwater aquarium. I'm looking for some advice on what would be the best setup for my aquarium. Its a 55 gallon FOWLR for now and I have two damselfish and a firefish in it. I don't foresee getting into any real corals with it but maybe an anemone someday. Anyway I'm starting to see a bunch of crud and what looks like an oily substance floating on top of the water from tine to time so I figured this means its time to make the investment. Any pointers would be much appreciated!
 

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Hang On Back Skimmer?
Reef Octopus BH1000
SWC Xtreme hang On Tank Skimmer
Bubble Magus NAC5E Hang On Back Needle Wheel Skimmer
Yeah a hang on back would be fine. Is there such a thing as a sump skimmer? I don't want to get too overly complicated but would be nice to not have a skimmer and a filter hanging on my tank.
 

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Yes there are sump skimmers. I have one and so do lots of people :)
 

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so i ended up buying that octopus in sump skimmer after looking at all the suggestions you gave me. thanks for the info! I will let you know how it works out :cool:
 

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Just do me one favor before you set it up. Give it a bath using vinegar and water, alittle scrub down. This will remove the acrylic resin on it and allow it to operate normally almost immediatley.
 

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well i got that skimmer today and let me just say that you get what you pay for....its small as hell and looks really cheap.had to mod it a smidge to get it to fully work.
 

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Yeah I figured I would have to do something to clean it up. The pet store recommended using baking soda to clean stuff before I used it bmy tank when I got it and it left a residue on the glass so I think I'll def use the vinegar this time. I had to scrub my tank with a sponge to get it off. I think it will be plenty for my tank as its only a 55 gallon and I'm not getting into keeping a real coral tank yet. What modifications did you have to make to it before you got it running correctly?
 

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Yea, I figured you'd have to do some modification to get it to fit your exact sump correctly. But figuring PVC pipe would make this a snappy job. The pump is the actual important part of the skimmer. How is it?
 

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Well I ordered it online so will be like a week or so before I get it. So basically just some simple plumbing then to get it to work then. My tank sits on a big wooden table so I was going to put it down underneath.
 

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Yea, I figured you'd have to do some modification to get it to fit your exact sump correctly. But figuring PVC pipe would make this a snappy job. The pump is the actual important part of the skimmer. How is it?
after letting it run for a lil bit its actually kickin some serious foam and bubbles! i guess good can come compact.
 

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i just bought the bottom one 3 days ago.ill let you kno how she runs
I'm soon putting my GSP in a full marine tank, and need to get a skimmer also. I know this is probably a dumb question, but can you tell me what part of the one you bought (on ebay) goes in the tank, what sits outside the tank? Do you have a picture. This would really help me, because I just don't know how those work. I have a fluval 405 filter and will be getting a 55 gal. Thanks much!

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I'm soon putting my GSP in a full marine tank, and need to get a skimmer also. I know this is probably a dumb question, but can you tell me what part of the one you bought (on ebay) goes in the tank, what sits outside the tank? Do you have a picture. This would really help me, because I just don't know how those work. I have a fluval 405 filter and will be getting a 55 gal. Thanks much!

Gwen
the hole thing sits in the tank but the collection cup is above the water.its really simple to set it up.it came pretty much all together.put the pump end in the in end of the skimmer and put the cup on and done.ill get a vid tomarrow.
 
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