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Old 02-06-2019, 03:58 PM   #1
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Skimmer on a 55 gallon reef?

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I know this is a loaded question but what do you guys think about not having a skimmer on a 55gallon lps, softie tank. I have a eshopps skimmer on it now but i have a very low bio load and it seems like it's a waste. I KNOW it works cause I had it on my sps reef and it collected so much. I guess my question is, do you really think I need it on this 55 gallon. I do water changes every sunday or every other sunday.
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:05 PM   #2
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A skimmer is not needed on any tank. The shear ease of their operation over other forms of filtration is their main reason for their abundance in the hobby. Your nutrient levels will determine if your system has enough nutrient reduction/production.

I personally would not run skimmerless on a new tank that doesnt have ample mouths to eat particulate or macro nutrients. But as a tank matures taking filtration offline is definitely a serious option.
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If the bioload is low enough that water changes are keeping up with the nutrient levels it is very possible to go skimmerless on a 55.
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Thanks guys. Think I'll just keep the skimmer on. Just don't understand why my ricordias look great without the skimmer and soon as it's put on, they close up until the skimmer is back off. No microbubbles or anything bothering it. Weird i swear.
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It isnít a new skimmer is it?
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It isnít a new skimmer is it?

Nah I have had it for a while. Just a few vinegar soaks every now an then.
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Strange. Wonder whatís causing that. Even it pulling nutrients from the water column wouldnít be active enough to see a difference between on and off...Iíd do a good soaking in vinegar and then in maybe some ro/di water baths to see if you pull anything off of it. If they close almost instantly Iíd say chemical or even vinegar still on the skimmer?
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