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Old 11-12-2004, 06:17 PM   #11
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I actually just checked the price...I think the Remora will be a better priced unit, especially for the quality of skimming that people report.

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Old 11-12-2004, 06:47 PM   #12
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Definitely go with a good skimmer. If you plug it in soon after adding live rocks, it will pick up dirt right away. My question is, however, if you just added your rocks and it is a new aquarium, how much difference will it make to leave it off because you are on a 2 month trip? I am afraid it will overflow -- it was very new and regulating it's production was difficult.
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Old 11-12-2004, 06:59 PM   #13
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(I just like to play devil's advocate and give people at least 1 option)
Yeah, well I too like the Bak Pak skimmers so I wanna push those as much as possible.
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Old 11-13-2004, 03:10 PM   #14
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The guy at my LFS says that a UV sterilizer's purpose is for killing all the parasites in the tank to keep the fish and corals healthy,and the Skimmer is use for removing wastes/yellow stuffs in the water. So i guess using both would be good?
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Old 11-13-2004, 04:50 PM   #15
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If a UV light is used correctly it will kill any Free Floating algae and Free Floating parasites that go through the light at the recommended GPH. If you run the water through the UV too fast it won't do much. It will not kill anything that does not go through the UV. Is it needed No, does it bring piece of mind yes.
Having a Good Skimmer IMO is a must.
LFS like selling those high priced items like UV's when you really don't need them. I ran one on my reef for 1.5 years till the pump that ran it crapped out and the light baked the inside and PVC particles entered my tank crashing it. Would I get on again yes... Would I use a RIO pump on it again ..... NO.
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Old 11-15-2004, 01:42 AM   #16
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Thanks for all the infos. I purchased both the Turbo Twist UV sterilizer ,and the AquaC Skimmer for my 75 gal tank.
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can't go wrong there! you will be happy with both of them.
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To go with that Fluval 404 I would suggest looking into a input attachment called a "surface skimmer" that pulls the proteins and waste that collects on the top of the water. You can pick up the item for a modest price of $10-$15.

I have one coming now after searching for a while for a way to skim the top of the water. Reviews on it seem to be pretty good.

That'll do a great deal of your "protein skimming" work right there.
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The surface skimmer isn't really a protein skimming attachment though. It's more for collecting larger floating debris (like floating leaves in a freshwater planted tank).

Real protein skimmers use foam fractionation to create a charged bond with organic compounds. These compounds are both attracted to and repelled by water (like a magnet with north/south poles). The bubbles in a skimmer have a surface which is both water and not water, and thus the compounds stick to the bubbles, which then rise into the collection cup and pop, releasing the compounds in the cup for disposal.

Thus the fluval surface skimmer attachment doesn't work like a normal protein skimmer
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Old 11-16-2004, 01:57 PM   #20
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Just curious, what does a surface skimmer look like, and where did you buy it?
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