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Old 07-18-2014, 07:21 PM   #1
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Protein skimmer for 29g

Debating about getting a protein skimmer for my 29g reef. Reg 29 high not a biocube. Currently I am sumpless
Might in the future have a 10g sump.
Any recommendations for a skimmer that will hang on the back of my tank and be able to fit in a 10g sump.

Will a skimmer benefit my tAnk?
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There are skimmers out there that will work, I believe CPR's Bakpak has good reviews but don't know what sizes it manages off the top of my head.
Normally, I advise those under 30 gallons to save the money they'd spend on a skimmer for something else as it is easy to manage parameter issues with larger than average water changes if necessary. Weekly water changes are easy as is, as a 10% would be 3 gallons in your system. If nitrates start getting high, then doing a 5 gallon water change or even a 10 if necessary isn't that hard to accomplish.
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So a protein skimmer wouldn't help cut bdvk on water changes. Would money be better spend on a sump
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It can help on reducing waste in the water column. This isn't a replacement for weekly water changes though, as this is also replacing things in the water column that are being absorbed by coral or inverts.
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I have one in my 29g BC, I think it makes a noticable difference. It certainly pulls out some crud. Money well spent assuming you have the money. Got mine on sale, $60 if I remember right.
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Which one did you get
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You can get away with no skimmer under 30 gallons, but you have to keep up with water changes or youll be in algae city


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And water changes not only help with removing excessive nutrients but also replenishes important trace elements that are important to fish and coral processes. In saying that I would skip the skimmer in a tank that size and do frequent PWC`s instead.
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try the hydor slim skim. quiet, get the job done!
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