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Old 08-23-2013, 06:12 AM   #1
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whats better for nitrates? skimmer or fluidized reactor?

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on my old tank i used to use a coralife protein skimmer and it worked great. im thinking about getting another one for my new tank. but ive seen people using a reactor filled with npx bioplastics / biopellets to help remove nitrates. which is better. about the same price.

i think i'm better off with a skimmer but was wondering your guys opinions

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Old 08-23-2013, 11:28 AM   #2
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I find a skimmer to be a mandatory piece of equipment for a saltwater tank. So my vote goes for a good skimmer. A biopellet reactor is pretty cheap and can be added later on easily.
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:37 AM   #3
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I run both skimmer and a reactor with bio pellets
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Don't run a bio pellet reactor without a skimmer. You want the reactor output close to your skimmer input.
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Skimmer, water changes and cleaning rocks
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Don't run a bio pellet reactor without a skimmer. You want the reactor output close to your skimmer input.
Very true you need a skimmer when running bio pellets.
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:31 PM   #7
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Skimmer, water changes and cleaning rocks
What do you mean by cleaning Rock? Lr is one of the filters In your tank and how would you clean the rock?
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:13 PM   #8
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Are you talking about a sand-bed reactor? If you are i think they are very good in housing bacteria and doing the cycle. The combo is all you really need to maintain a saltwater tank with a ratio of 2lbs of live rock per gallon and 1lbs of live sand per gallon
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A good quality skimmer takes out an amazing amount of waste. No comparison to a coralife super skimmer. I vote for a protein skimmer. A big one.
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A good quality skimmer takes out an amazing amount of waste. No comparison to a coralife super skimmer. I vote for a protein skimmer. A big one.
I agree. Ditch the coralife skimmer for a good skimmer. My old coralife is sitting outside collecting cobwebs. Not a good skimmer at all.
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