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Old 05-24-2005, 12:31 PM   #1
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Couple Questions

I would like to add a skimmer onto my tank however I want to keep it out of sight. What is a good external skimmer that I can put in the cabinet under my tank and pump water through it? or is that even possible?

Also, I am currently using the standard light that came with my tank. I would like to upgrade it to atlease a VHO.
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Old 05-24-2005, 12:36 PM   #2
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It would be possible if you had a sump. The best & biggest skimmers are in-sump models and are out of sight if you have a cabinet with doors.

Were you thinking a hang-on-back (HOB) model? If you don't have a sump, there's no real way to get a skimmer to work under the tank. You may think that you could pump water down into it, and then pump the return water back into your tank... but at that rate, you're best bet is to get a sump (if you don't have one already)

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Old 05-24-2005, 01:53 PM   #3
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How can I add a sump to my tank? Are there kits? What is a sump lol... im new..
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Old 05-24-2005, 01:59 PM   #4
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Old 05-24-2005, 02:52 PM   #5
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What about the lights? are the vho bulbs better then what I have?
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Old 05-24-2005, 02:56 PM   #6
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Here is a good link on what sumps are and how they work:
http://www.melevsreef.com/what_sump.html
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Welcome to AA!!!!!!!!

Yes to your question....VHO is better....do some research cause most prefer PC or MH for lights.
It really all depends on what you want to do....the kind of setup your doing.
If you have a FOWLR then NO is ok....still not the best.
I have NO too but have 4 bulbs and so far I have a FOWLR. I plan to upgrade later once I have more funds and my tank is mature.
Hope that helps.
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VHO and PC are almost on-par in terms of performance. VHO bulbs are a little cheaper though, and both need to be replaced about the same interval (9-12months).
I use PC, didn't really price VHO because I was familiar with PC from my FW planted aquariums.

If you want high light corals, you may need to jumpt MH, with either VHO or PC for the actinic spectrum.

What size tank do you have?
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I have a 50 gallon tank.
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