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Old 05-23-2014, 10:43 AM   #41
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No a skimmer is MUCH more efficient/effective than a small fuge.
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Old 05-23-2014, 04:52 PM   #42
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I have found a way that I might be able to get a refugium and a protein skimmer. I will probably be going with a hang on the back skimmer if anything but no one said the refugium had to be a tank. I have 5g buckets and different stuff laying around in which I might be able to create a refugium out of. The only problem would be now the intake and out take but what do you guys think.
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Old 05-23-2014, 04:56 PM   #43
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You can build it out of anything that's saltwater proof. Many of us use Rubbermaid tubs for frag tanks and even sumps. Cheap and works great. Easy to drill.
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Old 05-23-2014, 04:59 PM   #44
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You can build it out of anything that's saltwater proof. Many of us use Rubbermaid tubs for frag tanks and even sumps. Cheap and works great. Easy to drill.
interesting info looks like I have a fun diy project on my hands now.
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Old 05-24-2014, 05:54 PM   #45
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Look into the reef octopus HOB skimmers.
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Old 05-24-2014, 06:55 PM   #46
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Look into the reef octopus HOB skimmers.
I took your advice and I found these two skimmers that caught my attention.

Amazon.com : Coral Vue Technology AC20534 Octopus Hang-On Back Skimmer for Aquarium Filter, 50-Gallon : Aquarium Filter Accessories : Pet Supplies

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Amazon.com : Coral Vue Technology AC20197 Octopus Hang-On Back Skimmer for Aquarium Filter, 75-Gallon : Reef Octopus Protein Skimmer : Pet Supplies
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The first one looks as though it hangs inside the tank...I would skip that. The second might be a better option.
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Ok now there is another problem. Ether my API test kit is giving me false readings or the cycle is going to take longer than expected. I have had about the same readings for the past 4 days I believe now Click image for larger version

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Ok now there is another problem. Ether my API test kit is giving me false readings or the cycle is going to take longer than expected. I have had about the same readings for the past 4 days I believe now Attachment 238370
False readings from API is usually with ammonia test in the 0.25 - 0.50 range... At 8 ppm I think you will have to do a little water change....

My API nitrite test never gave me any readings... Never got a nitrate reading in the saltwater too with API...
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So how will I know if the cycle is finished and could that amount of ammonia kill bacteria
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