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Old 11-15-2005, 06:34 PM   #11
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what are the differences between the sumps, refugium and canisters?
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Old 11-15-2005, 06:40 PM   #12
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Canister is enclosed, which makes maintenance challenging sometimes as it needs to be cleaned periodically. These are great on smaller tanks imo.

Sump is basically a smaller footprint tank that resides below the main tank. You can house reef rubble, skimmers, heaters, and pumps in it as well. You will need an external overflow if your tank is not drilled.

I haven't had the pleasure of setting up a refugium. I was going to add one in my sump, but I ran out of room. Someone else can assist with that part here.

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Ok, I'll take everyones advice on getting one!! Now any suggestions which one? The seaclone 100 from that site is 75$ is that decent? Or should I invest in something better? phew, I thought protein skimmers were in the range of $200+
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Honestly, the Seaclone is fair. Some have had good luck with them while others hated them. It's a hit or miss here.

If you're serious about a good protein skimmer, I would look at the ASM series, reef devil deluxe (I own), or some people on here have used the Coralife skimmers with good luck. Just remember: sometimes the manufacturer says it is rated for a certain tank volume. For instance, the Seaclone is rated for a 90gal, which would work on a 55 gal ok, but I wouldn't use it on the 90 gal. You get the picture. Also keep in mind that the skimmer you purchase will determine whether you will need a sump or not. Some are inline, sump, and hang on. HTH

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do some research on skimmers there are lots of posts on the site about them
I have not heard anything good about the seaclown..
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so what kind of filter should i get with my 55 gal tank?
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Live Rock is the best filter 1-1.5lbs/gallon.

Also look into the AquaC skimmers
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