Skimmr Help

Discussion in 'Lighting, Filtration & Other Equipment' started by Creben, Jan 29, 2011.

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    Creben aspiring reefer

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    I need help.
    i feel like i should get a skimmer. i have just a power filter with a bio wheel on my 20L and i want to support a reef.
    what are some good brands of skimmers i can get?
    i dont have a fuge so it needs to be hang on the back.
    i want as cheap as possible, no need to go overboard i only have 20 L
    any ideas?
     
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    remember you get what you pay for if you want a reef tank 1st thing is thiers no such thing as cheap if it is cheap then it most likly doesnt work properly
     
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    Creben aspiring reefer

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    yeah im seeing that, but my tank is so small. do i really need a lot?
     
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    I would not worry about adding a skimmer for such a small tank. I've got a 28 gallon tank with a mixed reef and anemone in for almost a year now and I've never run a skimmer. Weekly water changes are the key on such a small tank.
     
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    just remember you dont want a skimmer that is good for UP to 20g always go one step up if i wher you id get a skimmer thats good for a 40-50g
     
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    ok. Brian should i leave the power filter on there? ive heard people say it filters out the food needed for the reef
     
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    Between live rock and waterchbges, you don't NEED the power filter. But, if it makes you feel better having it and your keeping it clean then you can leave it.
     
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    Like Brian stated, you don't really need a skimmer for a small tank, as long as you are faithful with your wc's. Personally, I'd ditch the filter, it will eventually turn into a nightmare and become more of a headache than helping. 10-20wc per week, with adequate live rock and sand is your best bet. :)
     
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    10-20 changes per week!?
     
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    Detritus can get stuck in the media part of a power filter which can release toxins into your tank. Ditch it! I'd keep it though. If you had a point where you had a ton of detritus/gunk floating around your tank, a power filter is good to be used temporarily to clear up the tank a bit. But don't use it as a main source of equipment.
     
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    10-20 percent per week
     
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    Creben aspiring reefer

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    Haha ok thats what I thought :mrgreen:
     
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