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Old 06-02-2010, 07:00 PM   #1
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Is a protein skimmer necessary?

Ok hi im new to the saltwater hobby and have been curing my tank with everything for about a week and a half. The only thing that i do not have is a protein skimmer because i simply used up all the money that i could afford on everything else. Is a protein skimmer neccessary for a FOLR tank? And if i do need one could i buy one later when i can afford one? and also what is a good brand? i have a 40 gallon tank and i heard aqua c makes a good one called remora. Anyone have any experience with one of these?
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Old 06-02-2010, 07:08 PM   #2
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Welcome, 40 gallons is on the fence as far as a PS for a fish only tank. You can get the same results with a weekly PWC. You can also get one later and I have no exp. with the Ramora, but I don't hear to many bad things about it.
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alright thank you sounds good. If in the future i wanted to add some anemones or soft corals, i would need a protein skimmer right?
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Protien skimmers remove dissolved organic compounds that cause excessive nutrients in the tank which fuel nuisance algeas. IMO you should get one unless you plan on doing frequent PWC`s and I mean religiously.
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alright thank you sounds good. If in the future i wanted to add some anemones or soft corals, i would need a protein skimmer right?
Any reef tank (with the execption of nano's i believe) you have to have a skimmer. Trust me, get a skimmer even with your FOWLER. You'll hate all the water changes
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IME, aqua-c's remora skimmer is of very poor quality. go with an octopus HOB skimmer.
that said, skimmers are not necessary. you can keep a reef without a skimmer with proper husbandry.
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IME, aqua-c's remora skimmer is of very poor quality. go with an octopus HOB skimmer.
that said, skimmers are not necessary. you can keep a reef without a skimmer with proper husbandry.
I have an Octopus BH-300F for my 125g. This is the first skimmer I have owned. This things pulls a ton of stuff out of my water. It produces a ton of bubbles also. I would recommend this skimmer to anyone.
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Do you know how much one costs for a 40 gallon aquarium by any chance?
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Here is a link to all of the Reef Octopus HOB models.

Hang on Back HOB Reef Octopus Protein Skimmers

I would think that you should be fine with the BH100 which is about $120.
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Ok thanks sounds good will definitely check into this when i build up some more cash
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