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Old 11-30-2012, 12:58 AM   #11
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You haven't gone to Aquasd? Wow you have to go! Everyone had a black friday sale too, but since you had no lights for corals guess it wouldn't matter anyway. I heard bad things about the aquatop pse1...basically the skimmer is crappy. A skimmer combined with a filter seems like a good idea, but it's not as efficient apparently. Plus the brand is not very popular..usually when a brand is popular (Red Sea, Reef Octupus, Aquaclear) it's a good brand or at least there are a lot of reviews to say whether it's great/horrible. Would skip it and save the money.

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-individual skimmer
-same filter,but w/ a bag of GFO added
-bio pellet reactor (you can get a phosban reactor and put bio pellets in). Not needed, but just another suggestion.This can get the nitrates low and Aquatic Warehouse now uses them on all their frag tanks.

*edit: maybe you could go without the skimmer, get the GFO, and get a bio pellet reactor. Just do frequent weekly water changes combined with the bio pellets and you should have low nitrates.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:40 AM   #12
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I have an Aquafuge PS large that I had on my 30. It's rated for up to a 75 gal, so you could use the small. It has a built in skimmer as well as the fuge compartment. I added a simple light and cheato ball and nitrates dropped from 20-30 to 0 in about 6 weeks with nothing else changed.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:03 PM   #13
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How about:
-individual skimmer
-same filter,but w/ a bag of GFO added
-bio pellet reactor (you can get a phosban reactor and put bio pellets in). Not needed, but just another suggestion.This can get the nitrates low and Aquatic Warehouse now uses them on all their frag tanks.

*edit: maybe you could go without the skimmer, get the GFO, and get a bio pellet reactor. Just do frequent weekly water changes combined with the bio pellets and you should have low nitrates.
I may go the individual skimmer route. I decided that my 55 gallon will not be set up for quite some time since I really have no room in my house to put it. Also lights and everything is way more than I want to spend in the short term.

I think instead I am going to build a DIY aquarium stand for my 20G and put a 10g DIY sump/fuge combo below. This will add additional water in my tank and provide the filtration I am looking for. I will leave room for a skimmer later. I am also looking at some 24" T5 HO lighting for about $100 and a smaller fuge light for $50. I'm definitely trying to keep my water changes weekly. Could I add the bag of GFO to a sump, or does not enough water actually pass through it. I'll also do some research on a biopellet reactor.

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I have an Aquafuge PS large that I had on my 30. It's rated for up to a 75 gal, so you could use the small. It has a built in skimmer as well as the fuge compartment. I added a simple light and cheato ball and nitrates dropped from 20-30 to 0 in about 6 weeks with nothing else changed.
I looked at the aquafuge, but it is a little pricey. I'm kind of a DYI type of person anyway
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DIY sump FTW! That's way better, plus you can get skimmers that don't need to be HOB (like reef octupus). You can put the GFO in the sump, preferably in a place of high flow or somewhere all the water has to pass through like a baffle. You can get a phosban reactor and use GFO in that too. So many options.
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