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Old 09-04-2009, 11:50 AM   #1
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Good Stand Alone Protein Skimmer

Hello all, been trying to figure saltwater piece by piece. Because of my fish (brackish water Green Spotted Puffer and Mollies), I have brought my tank from slightly brackish to full marine now over a year or so.

I'm trying to find a good stand alone protein skimmer that I can use with my set up. I don't have the set up for a sump, so I need to find a good stand alone protein skimmer that will sit under the tank. I have a 50G tank with an Eheim Classic 2215 Canister Filter.

Any suggestions?

I could also potentially use a hang on tank skimmer, but I can't have it going more than 3-4 inches above the top of the tank. Taking a look at the Coralife brand of skimmers it looks like they are sticking up like foot or so.
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I'll let the skimmer experts step in, but you don't want to skimp on them. I hear Aqua C Remora, ASM, Octopus and Excalibur are the better brands to get.
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I would strongly suggest getting either a Reef Octopus, or a CPR Bak-Pak. These are great stand alone skimmers for the money. I have a HOB Reef Octopus BH-100 and i wouldn't trade it for any other skimmer. Worked 100% perfectly right out of the box.

Places like Aquacave.com or marineandreef.com or premiumaquatics.com have both of these skimmer brands for pretty darn good prices. Also, at aquacave.com, the shipping is only 4$, and that's where i got my Reef Octopus from.
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If you don't have a sump, you can't use anything but a HOB skimmer. There is no skimmer that can just sit alone under the tank and pump water back up into the tank.
Look into the Octopus HOB skimmers.
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Good point Larry, I missed the no sump part.
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To make sure I understand what you want to do:

You want a recirculating skimmer to sit under your tank (in the stand) and draw water from the display and return water to the display. Correct?

If so, then the Bak-Pak is out. It's a HOB.

So we're talking gravity feed and pump return?

Maybe someone's done it, no one I ever heard of.

If you're going to drain water over the rim anyway why not just put a small tank in there for the skimmer and a return pump. Only difference seems to be the tank. It could even be a 10g wit nothing but the skimmer and return pump. 300 gph overflow and a tiny pump for a return.

Unless I'm missing something I think you need to rethink it.
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Reef octo does make a recirculating skimmer that can be mounted outside of the sump on dry ground.

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This is a pic of m3drver's set up

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Although mine ( DNW-150) can be placed outside the sump, I believe the OP doesn't have a sump and wants to have the skimmer gravity fed and then use a return pump to push the water back up to the DT. Not sure how that will work.
I agree with CaptainAhab, Just put a small tank under the DT just for the skimmer /return pump and a small overflow on the DT. A similar version of how mine is setup.
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Reef octo does make a recirculating skimmer that can be mounted outside of the sump on dry ground.

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Correct but the OP is talking about it sitting under the tank and being fed and returned to the tank. That is the issue
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