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Old 03-08-2005, 07:35 PM   #1
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Almost there.....but still looking for advice

I am creating a 46 gal bf reef tank with a 20 gal sump/fuge and have everything pretty much decided on but I am stuck on which protien skimmer to go with. I am looking for an in sump model that can be just put in the sump with minimal adjustment, is reliable, and will be efficent for a long time. Price isn't that much of a issue but I who like to keep it around $250-300. here is the rest of my set up if it helps:

Tank: 46 gal bow front

Lighting: Coralife lunar aqualight 36" 2x96 compact strip light w/2 lunar lights

Protien Skimmer: ?

Heater: 2 150 watt

Filtration: Live rock (70-80 lbs including base rock) and live sand (3"-4")
DSB and Microalgae in sump

Sump/Fuge: 20-30 gal
600 gph overflow box
Mag 7 return pump

Water Movement: Closed loop with Little Giant 2MDQX-SC and SCWD

These are the Skimmers I am choosing between(in no particular order) any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated:

AquaC Urchin Pro with Mag 3 pump
AquaC Urchin In-Sump w/ Drain Fitting w/ MaxiJet 1200
Euro-Reef ES5-2 protein skimmer with Sedra 3500 pump
ASM G1 Protein skimmer with Sedra 2500 pump

Also I would greatly appreciate any comments or suggestions of the setup.
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Old 03-08-2005, 07:36 PM   #2
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I have to go to work so Thanks in Advance to anyone who responds
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also got all testing supplies, thermometer, and getting a RO/DI unit
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Old 03-08-2005, 07:47 PM   #4
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The skimmer I'm using for my 30 gal is an in-sump AquaC Urchin. Highly rated and about 1/2 of your budget line.
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 03-09-2005, 07:19 AM   #6
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What does "bump" mean??
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Bump is when somebody wants their message to be read and it is falling on the forum list... When you "bump" it it goes back to the top of the list (any message makes it go to the top of the list).
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I've only used a Remora, but it's pretty much plug n' play. That easy.
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If I had my choice, I would go with the Remora as well.

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I was thinking of that but I want it to be in the sump and I don't think I can get the remora to fit
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