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Old 04-23-2014, 02:52 AM   #1
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Thinking of going skimmerless. Thoughts?

I know Im going to get flamed for this post from all the high end reefers. I have a small 50 gallon with just Lps and zoas and a pair of clowns. I have a Eshopps psk 100-h skimmer. It pulls out stuff sometimes but it seems to hinder my coral growth (that might sound crazy). When I had it off for 3 weeks cause the pump broke, my torch, frogspawn and Gsp came out more. Once I added it back my Blue Polyp Digitata turned brown and my torch and others have not fully extended at all. Since it's only a 50 gallon would water changes be better than the skimmer?
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Old 04-23-2014, 03:31 AM   #2
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Those corals needs nutrients. As long as your phosphate doesn't go higher than 0.05 it's ok to turn skimmer off. I am having same problem as well and I turned off my skimmer on my 28 gal nano since last week. No sign of recovery on my zoas yet.
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A skimmer won't hurt things. In tanks under 30 gallons, I recommend not running a skimmer with how easy it is to do water changes to address issues. My skimmer will skim here and there. If there is nothing to remove, then it can't skim.
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50 gallons with 2 clowns, I'd say you could stop skimming but I dont know why you would. Some people feel with enough rock and waterchanges you don't need other filtration at all. My 55 has a HOB skimmer that I run quite dry and I pull out a cup of gunk every 5 days or so. I have 6 fish though. I'd want to think that if some coral isn't extending it's due to something else other than clean water...
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I am tossing this around myself, I am setting up a 30 gal reef for my first as tank I am getting a skimmer but will I need to use it all the time or

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Op your fish load is super low so the skimmer may not be necessary. But I disagree it is harming your corals.
Ravden- it will depend on your fish load and wc schedule IMO.
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A skimmer won't hurt things. In tanks under 30 gallons, I recommend not running a skimmer with how easy it is to do water changes to address issues. My skimmer will skim here and there. If there is nothing to remove, then it can't skim.
It does make sense on less than 30 gal tank. My mistake is I added phosphate remover filter that it went down to 0. Im now raising it up by not using a skimmer.
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@bribo I should be starting up by end of may so I'm a ways off but ideally is a clown or 2 a green clown goby and thinking one of the dwarf fire Angels

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I'd drop the angel and replace it with another fish. A flame in a 30 is asking for problems. With that bioload you probably won't need a skimmer but it wouldn't hurt. I have 4 fish in a 20 and run an eshopps psk75h that pulls out a surprising amount of gunk. I also do 25% weekly wc.
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Darn I like that fish too but I don't want aggressive tank mates not sure if I want a single or pair of clown I know I gotta get them together if I do. For filtering I bought a aquatop w/uv sterilizer and prison skimmer my power head will be in this week as will my lights but lfs will hold light till I get it (she had an incredible discount this week from suppliers) so just ordered it to hold for me saving almost 60% on one I wantes

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