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Old 02-28-2015, 01:24 AM   #11
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Is a skimmer not a necessity? I'm a newbie myself and thought it was a must have.


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Is a skimmer not a necessity? I'm a newbie myself and thought it was a must have.


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Not for a 10 Gallon, a water change will do just fine
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Any system that is small enough to do large water changes to address parameter issues can do away with a skimmer. I stick with the 'under 30' rule for this. It is pretty easy to do 50% water changes in that range.
That said, one isn't always necessary, though extremely helpful. The pump for the skimmer on my 55 reef died and it took over a month to replace. The tank didn't crash and burn, but you could see the difference. I still have cyano in my sandbed that will take some time to be totally gone once things are back in check, if I ever get there.
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From the research I have done, they really don't do much for tanks under 30 gallons and water changes will accomplish the same thing.
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Old 03-01-2015, 06:18 PM   #15
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Got everything setup and put water in the tank. Hopefully salt will come mid week and I will get that in.
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Got everything setup and put water in the tank. Hopefully salt will come mid week and I will get that in.

You put LS and LR in a tank with plain water ?


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No no no!!! Just regular sand and got heater and power head going along with the filter.
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Put in the salt today and got my sg to 1.024. Plan on getting the live rock tomorrow. Any tips?
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Hope you didn't fill it too high up or you'll be learning about displacement.
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No fish or corals, just toss them right in and give them good flow from a powerhead. Now the waiting game, cycling the tank.


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