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Old 10-05-2012, 02:05 AM   #1
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How long without protein skimmer???

My HOB protein skimmer has a leak so I had to take it down. How long can I go without one?
My setup is:
30g FOWLR
10g refugium with chaeto, deep sand bed, 4 mangroves
Green killing machine uv sterilizer 5W
Water circulates between DT and refugium at 400gph (estimated) maybe less
Live stock:
2 clowns
brittle starfish
Cleaner skunk shrimp
2 peppermint shrimps
Around 10 hermits and 10 nerite snails

I can't fix this one until Sunday. I guess it will be OK without protein skimmer for 3 days!?!?

Thanks.
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:40 AM   #2
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I hope you'll be fine cause Im screwed if you're not

I've got a 29 with similar stock and I've never had a skimmer
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:27 AM   #3
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Yes u guys will be fine .just check your water parameters on a regular basis and you will be ok....
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:52 AM   #4
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I have a bio cube 29 gallon and do not use a skimmer and my parameters are fine. I do 5 gallon weekly water changes.

You'll be just fine...
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:12 PM   #5
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Especially on a tank of that size. It's much easier to change more water and do more frequent t changes to keep params in check.
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Old 10-05-2012, 10:38 PM   #6
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Thank you all for reassuring me. I can't really spend $200 for new skimmer so I will try to fix this one.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:00 AM   #7
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Other than aerating water, there abilities are questionable. Your fine without one.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:45 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by Ice Man
My HOB protein skimmer has a leak so I had to take it down. How long can I go without one?
My setup is:
30g FOWLR
10g refugium with chaeto, deep sand bed, 4 mangroves
Green killing machine uv sterilizer 5W
Water circulates between DT and refugium at 400gph (estimated) maybe less
Live stock:
2 clowns
brittle starfish
Cleaner skunk shrimp
2 peppermint shrimps
Around 10 hermits and 10 nerite snails

I can't fix this one until Sunday. I guess it will be OK without protein skimmer for 3 days!?!?

Thanks.
You can go without skimmer for years if not heavily stocked or overstocked
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:46 AM   #9
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My HOB protein skimmer has a leak so I had to take it down. How long can I go without one?
My setup is:
30g FOWLR
10g refugium with chaeto, deep sand bed, 4 mangroves
Green killing machine uv sterilizer 5W
Water circulates between DT and refugium at 400gph (estimated) maybe less
Live stock:
2 clowns
brittle starfish
Cleaner skunk shrimp
2 peppermint shrimps
Around 10 hermits and 10 nerite snails

I can't fix this one until Sunday. I guess it will be OK without protein skimmer for 3 days!?!?

Thanks.
But they do help keep water quality good id especially reccommend one for bigger tanks and heavily stocked tanks or even tanks with delicate coral
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:14 PM   #10
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Other than aerating water, there abilities are questionable. Your fine without one.
They're proven to be a huge help to thousands of aquarist worldwide. No question about it. That doesn't mean they're necessary on small tanks. I've always under-skimmed on all my tanks with fine results and even had a 10 without a skimmer for years.
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