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Old 11-15-2013, 05:49 PM   #21
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1.5 to 2 times your total system volume. If you are having nutrient issues, I would suggest going closer to 2 times your total system volume. $350.00 is going to be somewhat difficult IMO.
Even the recirc you linked is going to be over that when all is said and done. I would probably shoot for that one though, if I was stuck in that price range. it's going to be better than the space saver.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:10 PM   #22
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Yes, that skimmer is underpowered for your system. You don't want that one.
The recirc model has been discontinued. It's been replaced by this one-
Reef Octopus Super Reef 3000 External Skimmer
Bubble Magus has some potent external skimmers, but I'm having trouble finding retail vendors for them....
This is up to 315 - Bubble Magus BM-NAC77 Cone Protein Skimmer - Bulk Reef Supply

this what you were thinking? Is this external?
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No, that's not external, but that would be a good skimmer for you. What I was thinking was the BM 160E. Unfortunately, it's out of your current price range. the cheapest i can find it is about 600 bucks.
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I don't know about this one...but maybe someone could chime in on it.
Hydor Performer 700p Recirculating Protein Skimmer Up to 240 Gal w Seltz L45II | eBay

It's cheap, but I don't know anything about the pump that's on it.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:37 PM   #25
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So, I just had a conversation with BRS about the bubble magus that turned into a planning session.

Here's where we landed:

Get the properly rated skimmer and not worry about the footprint.

Get a 20L and connect it to the existing sump to use as a place for the new skimmer.

I'll need to address my ext return pump but this solves my limitation of the skimmer's footprint and gives me more water volume.

Now to settle on the skimmer issue.
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I don't know about this one...but maybe someone could chime in on it. Hydor Performer 700p Recirculating Protein Skimmer Up to 240 Gal w Seltz L45II | eBay It's cheap, but I don't know anything about the pump that's on it.
I have the bigger version of this one. I love it.
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:39 AM   #27
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I ended up buying the Reef Octopus Diablo X200 and two Jebao WP40's plus the lights
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I just got my 2 jebaos in the mail yesterday
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:23 PM   #29
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The package came today! Wow, I'm shocked at how big they are and how powerful. I have mine set on W1 and full power. I think the returns mitigate the waves so the water doesn't slosh out.

I totally didn't have this type of movement in the tank and now I have confirmed one of my problems.
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I have mine on w1 lowest speed. Having 2 creates a lot of movement. They work very well IMO
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