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Old 06-25-2014, 02:15 PM   #11
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No to the skimmer and aside from fluval fx5 canister filter on my 46gal tall tank I run nothing else but a heater

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Old 06-25-2014, 02:37 PM   #12
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Should I invest in a skimmer I heard mixed reviews

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Old 06-25-2014, 02:55 PM   #13
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I would get rid of the canister, they are not great for saltwater, as they fast become nitrate factory.

A skimmer is great for reducing waste/smell from the water... I've put a big skimmer (50-90g) on my 20g, and that's a great thing !
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:12 PM   #14
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You don't appear to have any flow or surface agitation. And if your policy is don't do a wc until levels are off, that's probably what led to a tank crash, and I'd get ready for another...
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:29 PM   #15
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You don't appear to have any flow or surface agitation. And if your policy is don't do a wc until levels are off, that's probably what led to a tank crash, and I'd get ready for another...
Yeah, I would add few pumps to agitate the surface of the water. This would add O2 to the setup and reduce the nasty film accumulation.

With a skimmer, the film will be removed from the water.
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:42 PM   #16
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I'm sorry what size is your tank?

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Old 06-25-2014, 03:47 PM   #17
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It's a 46 gallon I see where you wrote that now. You should be changing at least 10 percent water every week. Waiting for water quality to go bad before you change your water....I would be surprised if it didn't smell. I found running carbon and more frequent water changes will help with smell of water....

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Old 06-25-2014, 04:46 PM   #18
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Got it 10% wc a week and buy a skimmer as far as my canister issue it has to work for now seeing as I just paid $500 for it and I lack the knowledge and space for a wet/dry but would of love one instead and its not that I only wc when levels are off I was told that I should only do wc when levels are off and too only add water as needed when evaporated

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Old 06-25-2014, 04:51 PM   #19
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My mistake was fluval fx6 and was $399.99 just figured a 100-400gal filter on a 46gal tank would be better than ok

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Old 06-25-2014, 06:25 PM   #20
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My mistake was fluval fx6 and was $399.99 just figured a 100-400gal filter on a 46gal tank would be better than ok

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Lots of people are successful with canister filters. I'm sure there are a few here that can attest to that. Just make sure you keep a regular cleaning and water change schedule and you'll be ok. I can't stress the regular part enough... Every week.
I also agree with the other posters about needing a powerhead or two. Buy a cheap Hydor to start, that way if you upgrade later it won't be too painful.
As far as skimmers go, I have one on each of my tanks... I think they are a great investment. They are not necessary if you do regular and frequent water changes though. They are worth every penny imop.

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