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Old 02-01-2005, 09:07 AM   #1
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How's this HOB filter - Skilter 250? Other recommendations?

http://shop.store.yahoo.com/wetpetsu...rskandfis.html

Gonna hook it up to a 40g tank. Will be farming xenia and other corals maybe. Plan on 3 or 4 fish, crabs, snails, the usual. Plan on about 60 lbs of live rock. A couple of big pcs and small pcs for the xenia frags that'll come and go as I sell the xenia to my LFS.

This is rated for up to 55g. Had it on my 20g QT. Cleaned it w/bleach. No rubber or soft plastic pcs, so I'm thinking old copper will not be a problem.

So, will this filter do OK? For the size tank and the past copper use?
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Alot of people here don't like the skilter. However, if you replace the cheesey air valve with one like the one that comes with most powerheads it works alot better. With 60lbs of lr I would only use it as a skimmer, not as a filter. I have one on my 46, works ok, have to keep a filter pad in it to keep the micro bubbles down but I get the stuff you cut up yourself . the only rubber part is the o ring that's on the pump it's self. mine leaked. Need to watch this if it's been stored for more than a few days.
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I don't know anything first hand about SKilters but decided against one after reading about them on the wetwebmedia forum.
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SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 02-01-2005, 10:20 AM   #4
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Midiman, got a link for that Wetwebmedia forum?

Gerald, i did replace that cheesy air valve.

Anybody got a food recommendation for a HOB for a 40g?
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Old 02-01-2005, 10:41 AM   #5
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I think you would find that the Skilters get universally bad feedback from people that have tried just about any other protein skimmer on the market.
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From looking at other posts, looks like the Aqua C Remora Pro w/ a mag 3 pump is the choice of seasoned aquarists.
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Link to wet web:

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Some good stuff arranged somewhat clumsily. FAQs are informative.
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SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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From looking at other posts, looks like the Aqua C Remora Pro w/ a mag 3 pump is the choice of seasoned aquarists.
For HOBs, there is not much to complain about with that setup. For a 40, a regular Remora would work well and not have the eyesore of the Mag 3 in the tank.
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I use a skilter 400 on my 40 gallon qt tank. Its OK but very noisy. It also doesn't skim all that well. Its OK for a qt tank but for long term use, I would try something else.
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That does it. Going for the Aqua C Remora w/the Maxi-jet 1200.

Asking my LFS to order it for me. Better price that way.

Thanks all.
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