Unless you are planning on having just live rock and fish (FOWLR
) then I would really suggest getting the skimmer fixed. Usually the only part on a skimmer than can break is the pump (unless you were using one of the integrated HOB
types). If you are looking at a reef setup then you will need a skimmer.
I'm not sure who told you that reef-ready tanks are not good and to use a HOB
overflow box, but I would be cautious about listen to anything more that person has to say.
All the HOB
overflows that I have seen run on a syphon. Imagine this scenario: you are at work/school and there is a short power outage at home. Water levels drop in the tank to your sump. System stabilizes. Power is restored and the return pump starts moving water from the sump back to the display tank but because of the water level drop there is no more syphon on the HOB
overflow. The return pump will just keep going until there is no more water, which will usually mean a huge swimming pool on your floor.
That won't happen with the reef-ready tanks. The overflow portion is just a tube going down to the sump. When water goes above that point gravity does the job and the water falls back to the sump. Unless gravity is somehow affected by the power outage it can't overflow the display tank. Now, getting snails or other debris blocking the intake could be an issue, but it would also be one for a HOB
overflow as well.
If you are trying to avoid buying a new tank and keep using the 55G then a HOB
is the best choice. If you are looking for a new tank to replace the 55G then I would only buy a reef-ready one. I have a regular 90G that I drilled to put in an overflow and I would not do that again. Looking back, I should have sold the 90G and bought a new reef-ready one instead. It would have been less work and easier maintenance.
The reef-ready tanks are just as good as a regular tank. Even better, I would argue. They already have the holes drilled and include the baffles. You just need to provide a tank for the sump and the proper pipes to connect it all (and a return pump).
Originally Posted by mwilliams
This reply back is for JayBird:
At this time I do not have a skimmer on my standard tank 55gal. It broke. I am running an Eheim 2217, Peguiun 350 & a #1 Hydor also switched to Tropic Marin Pro Reef salt mix.
I am trying to get info on Reef Ready Tanks because I was giving some info that Reef Ready tanks is not good tanks and to go with a standard tank with a HOB
leading to the sump below.