Is a skimmer a skimmer is a skimmer?

Discussion in 'Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment' started by jeepjunky, Oct 31, 2011.

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    jeepjunky

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    Its been recommended that by this forum that I get a skimmer. So off to ebay I went...what do I look for what do I stay away from, so many skimmers so little brain:frustrat:. I need a asprin! and some help.
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    valasaraptor Proud ocelot owner!

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    Octopus skimmers are great! make sure you get one rated about 2x your tank volume
     
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    Mandarin66 Oh Hi

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    Reef octopus
     
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    little_fish Moderator

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    be wary of cheap skimmer, they are, well, cheap. I would find something that looks good to you and then check back here. But the reef octopus skimmer are awesome!
     
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    fastrd400 It wasn't me! Moderator

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    Look for a Reef Octopus 110.
     
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    I have an Aqua C Remora hang on back skimmer.
     
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    jcegt87 Dude Dude DUDE!!!!!!

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    this is what i have HYDOR Slim Skim

    stay away from sea clone , alot of people have horrible review on them
     
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    For a 55 gallon I recommend a reef octopus nwb-150 if you have a sump. If not then I would go with a Hang on the back reef octopus protien skimmer. Get double or triple your tank volume.
     
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    phastroh Do Not Listen To Me!!!

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    I have about a total volume of what my Reef Octopus 250 is rated for and it works great. Yes many recommend getting one for double the tank size but it is not 100% that you have to.

    I talked to Coralvue about this and they said I am just fine as is.

    It only fills up an inch in the cup in a week and it is like 6 inches till it is full. I have it turned up as well. I run it more dry but the bubbles are set right to the neck where it says to have it running.

    I have about 15 fish in a 220 gal and 17 corals so maybe I just do not have a large bio-load but that is good to me because I really do not think I will be getting too many more fish or any, anytime soon. My Nitrates are about 5-10PPM which is just fine as well. Yes I would like 0PPM but no blooms here. I never had a bloom at 20PPM either but some do and some don't.

    I am not getting a skimmer rated for 500+ gallons.
     
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    felixfish newbie reefer

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    Hey guys i was looking up on skimmers and found this along with many satisfied reefers using it. I just have a HOB Reef Octopus skimmer that I don't think fits my tank now I have a sump.
     
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