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Old 07-21-2003, 07:25 PM   #1
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Sump Strategy, advice needed

So I received my all in one sump last week and I am now in the process of returning it. For 225 bucks it came with;

1. cheesy looking PS that was broken at the base
2. hang on type pre-filter , that I do not need since I have a tank with an overflow
3. rio 400 for the PS
4. bio ball section , that I do not need since I am using LR with a DSB

So with this in mind I would like to by a better quality PS and a sump/ small tank. Do you think this would be a better approach. I have 55 gal corner tank with bowed front. My pump is a mag drive 7.

Any advice would be great.
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Old 07-21-2003, 07:32 PM   #2
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oops

Forgot the most important question. What Protein Skimmer should I go with that is reasonably priced and of sound quality.
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Old 07-21-2003, 07:33 PM   #3
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Depending on what your budget is, check out www.lifereef.com The system includes pumps and skimmer so you may not need it all. You also have to wait a few months for it. I just ordered mine and it won't be here til October.

A friend has one and it has been pretty much hands free for the last 3 years. I guess the long wait time is a sign that they are an excellent system.

Good luck.

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Old 07-22-2003, 01:15 PM   #4
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You could just use a smaller tank(whatever will fit in your stand) for a sump. Try doing a search on google for DIY sump and you'll get a bunch of hits.
As for protein skimmers, I suggest getting the best skimmer your wallet can afford. I learned my lesson a while(and a few cheap skimmers)ago to buy the best you can afford. I would look into Euroreef, Aqua C, ETSS, Lifereef, Tunze(to name a few) for a very good in sump skimmer.

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Old 07-22-2003, 02:05 PM   #5
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Thanks alot BrianH for taking the time to respond. It will be an in sump skimmer and I would like to keep it under 150 but that may be tough.

I think I will go out to wall mart or used small tank for the time being and doing the search as you suggested.
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