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Old 12-20-2013, 03:24 PM   #1
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No protein skimmer?

Was just curious if there's anyone out there that have a saltwater tank and sump, but do not use a protein skimmer? I heard that it works for some.
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Old 12-20-2013, 03:25 PM   #2
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It will work just fine. But reef tanks and larger tanks are reccomended to have a skimmer. What size tank are you looking at doing and what are your live stock choices?
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Old 12-20-2013, 03:42 PM   #3
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The skimmer is the first line of defense. I wouldn't run anything over 20 gallons without one, ever. JMO.
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Old 12-20-2013, 03:48 PM   #4
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Its just too good a system not to use. It removes a lot of gunk that would other wise cause issues. If you have a nano tank and do waterchanges religeously then ok, otherwise at least get a hob skimmer to take those organics out...
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Old 12-20-2013, 04:18 PM   #5
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when i started on saltwater i had a 125g with just 2 large canister filters and no other filtration with no issues, just very consistent water changes you have to do./

It does work for some people, but for the long run.... bigger the filtration the better
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Old 12-20-2013, 04:19 PM   #6
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I haven't had a a skimmer on my 110 gallon reef for a while and it seems to me, to be doing just fine without it.
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:18 PM   #7
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I haven't had a a skimmer on my 110 gallon reef for a while and it seems to me, to be doing just fine without it.
Cool! Do you use a sump system or canister filters? UV sterilizer? Aggressive water changes?
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:29 PM   #8
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I think the first piece of equipment I'd buy would be the best skimmer I could afford,..as Greg said its your first line of defense
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It can be done . I know plenty of people with tanks over 200 gallons that have no skimmer just an algae scrubber . More filtration the better though.
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:26 PM   #10
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I have 2 algae scrubbers and sump setup.
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