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Old 11-11-2004, 06:50 PM   #1
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UV sterilizer or Skimmer

Hi everyone. I have a 75 gal SW tank set up with a FLUVAL 404 canister filter, 2 PH ,some LR,and 50lbs BR. Now , i'm trying to decide if i should get the UV sterilizer or a HOB skimmer,and what should i get? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 11-11-2004, 07:04 PM   #2
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definitly the skimmer. a uv sterilizer often kills things (like little itty bitty plankton) which we want in our tanks. if you really feel the need to run a uv sterilizer, run it on your QT tank. a skimmer is an invaulable resource for removing organic compounds from your water.
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Old 11-11-2004, 07:04 PM   #3
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remora or bak pak.
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Old 11-11-2004, 07:25 PM   #4
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i had a very similar setup for my first tank and had lots of luck with it (beginners luck i think). I had a HOB skimmer that worked great and later added a uv sterilizer. the skimmer has noticable results so I'd go with that first. Don't know if the uv had anything to do with it, but i never had ick and my water was crystal clear!!!!!! I was very lucky cause i didn't use a QT. I had a naso tang, purple tang, lionfish, perc clown and saddleback puffer along with some starfish. Very nice setup.

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Old 11-11-2004, 07:29 PM   #5
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My recommendation would be an Aqua C Remora Pro with a Mag 3 pump. You could go with the regular Remora/MJ1200, but it's a little small for a 75 IMO. The Remora Pro is expensive, but it will pay for itself in performance and longevity. I would not use a UV sterilizer all the time on a reef tank because of the reasons stated in the above post. They are nice to have around for emergencies, but are not, IMO, required equipment.
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Old 11-11-2004, 07:41 PM   #6
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Definately go with a skimmer. You can get by without a UV. Go with the AquaC remora pro with mag 3 pump. It is virtually maintanence free and does a great job skimming!
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Old 11-11-2004, 09:14 PM   #7
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If you went with a CPR you'd need their 'double' model for anything over 55 gallons.
I think the Remora's gonna win though
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Bak pak is to small for a 75 gallon. try the Remora. That will be your best bet.
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Old 11-12-2004, 11:03 AM   #9
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I know a bak-pak2 is too small for a 75, which is why I said if he got a CPR, he'd need the Dual...which is basically 2 bak-pak's molded into 1 unit.
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oh yeah, I forgot that one was available.
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