Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-04-2011, 12:00 PM   #1
member

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Edmonton Alberta
Posts: 581
Do I need a skimmer?

i have a 55 gallon tank. fish with liverock and a couple corals

60 pounds of LR and a fluval g6 running carbon

just wondering if ill need a skimmer?
__________________

__________________
360º is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2011, 12:04 PM   #2
HN1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
HN1's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Ga
Posts: 8,169
Never hurts, but as long as your water changes are adequate it is not an absolute must.
__________________

__________________
Question everything you see on the internet. ~ George Orwell
HN1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2011, 12:48 PM   #3
member

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Edmonton Alberta
Posts: 581
how much does it reduce the waterchange frequency by?
__________________
360º is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2011, 01:06 PM   #4
HN1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
HN1's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Ga
Posts: 8,169
Too many variables to say, but IMO it doesn't reduce the needed frequency. Maybe the needed amount, but like I said there are far too many variables to really say. Think of the skimmer as insurance. If you have something come up and can't get your PWC done on schedule, it buys you some room for error. You'd be amazed at the crud they pull out of the water!
__________________
Question everything you see on the internet. ~ George Orwell
HN1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2011, 01:18 PM   #5
member

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Edmonton Alberta
Posts: 581
thanks for the advice. i think im gonna seriously consider one
__________________
360º is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2011, 01:35 PM   #6
HN1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
HN1's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Ga
Posts: 8,169
I would / did.
__________________
Question everything you see on the internet. ~ George Orwell
HN1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2011, 09:08 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
cabezon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Tampa FL
Posts: 1,010
Skimmer takes the poop out and adds oxygen. Water changes are more to replenish minerals and remove nitrates. You could get one built into a hob fuge. Serious filtration for a 55.
__________________
Fishless cycling
cabezon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-04-2011, 09:51 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Krypt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Holley, NY
Posts: 752
I would definitely recommend getting a skimmer. I have one on my 55 and it's always pulling junk out of the water and when your housing inverts, you can never have water that's too clean.
__________________

__________________
"If your wife ever asks how much something was for your tank, just tell her you got it on sale and you had to have it! She'll understand"

-Chuck
Krypt is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
skimmer

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
***FOR SALE*** RedSea Prizm Skimmer PROTEIN SKIMMER mike3epanda Archive 0 09-08-2007 09:47 PM
RedSea Prizm Skimmer PROTEIN SKIMMER *TRADE* mike3epanda Archive 0 09-08-2007 09:44 PM
FS: AquaC Remora Protein Skimmer w/ Skimmer Box (USED) jmh2536 Archive 1 07-26-2006 02:45 PM
Coralife Super Skimmer Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer roka64 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 1 06-20-2006 07:27 PM
Fish Only Tank with Live Rock-skimmer or No skimmer triggers Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 1 08-30-2003 12:59 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:12 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.