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Old 11-19-2004, 09:14 PM   #1
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is my protien skimmer too big...

i have a 75gal tank and a wet/dry sump. i also have a aquac ev-180 protien skimmer. when i place the skimmer in my sump, it takes up a lot of space. i feel that it will cut down on my water volume. so i was thinking about switching to a HOB skimmer like the remora. i was also considered moving the ev-180 to be external instead of the in the sump, but i would use precious space in my stand.

i would appreciate any advice or comments.
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Old 11-19-2004, 10:03 PM   #2
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A big skimmer is a good thing! If you can find a way, I would not size down. Maybe running externally will be the answer.
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Old 11-19-2004, 11:50 PM   #3
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I would set it up externally also. The AC 180 is a fantastic skimmer and you won't get near the performance from any HOB that you'll get from it.
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Old 11-20-2004, 12:55 AM   #4
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looks like the consensus is to use the ev-180. i guess the problem is that i bought the skimmer one size larger than required thinking that someday i will get a larger tank. if i had bought the ev-120 i probably wouldn't have the space problems. i will look into plumbing it externally.
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AquaC EV-180 Skimmer w/Mag 7
2ea Maxi-Jet 1200 & 2ea Maxi-Jet 900 PH
Captive Purity Refractometer w/Calibrator
LCD Digital 250 W Titanium Heater
48in Coralife 4x65 watt PC
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Tunz level alarm
Approx. 200lbs Sand (3-4" DSB)
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Old 11-20-2004, 11:46 PM   #5
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Or you could just sell your skimmer to me !

Yeah, that's a really good skimmer. I always hear people raving about that one. Externally sounds like a good plan.

If you do decide to go with a different skimmer, pm me. Maybe we can work something out like I buy you your new one for you and you send me your old one.

Nice pic of your puppy, btw! What's his/her name?
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Old 11-21-2004, 02:54 AM   #6
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well, thanks for the offer to do a skimmer deal, however, i decided to keep and put it in the sump. if install it externally i have to raise the unit so the gate valve clears the top of my sump. doing that will raise the skimmer higher than i can fit under my stand. instead of installing the skimmer externally, i decided to use an external in-line sump pump to make room for the skimmer and the skimmer pump.

our boxer puppy's name is Buster... he is about 10 wks old.
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AquaC EV-180 Skimmer w/Mag 7
2ea Maxi-Jet 1200 & 2ea Maxi-Jet 900 PH
Captive Purity Refractometer w/Calibrator
LCD Digital 250 W Titanium Heater
48in Coralife 4x65 watt PC
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Tunz level alarm
Approx. 200lbs Sand (3-4" DSB)
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instead of installing the skimmer externally, i decided to use an external in-line sump pump to make room for the skimmer and the skimmer pump.

Excellent, if there ever is a problem, much less chance of a flood.
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