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Old 01-31-2012, 07:16 PM   #51
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That tank looks like it's drilled weird. It appears to have a standpipe dead center in the tank. Unless my eyes deceive me, i would not want to deal with that.

Also, that skimmer is junk.
Hey would you mind giving me a few ideas of things I need to keep an eye out for? And what brands are good and what's garbage. I don't mind spending the money if it's nice quality and I will wait till I can afford it. Thanks! It's appreciated!
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What about this lighting? Idk about it but I want to have corals definitely!
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If you google "reef ready aquarium images" You will see what they look like-
reef ready aquarium images - Google Search

You didn't post which lighting you were talking about.

As for the brand of skimmer, there are quite a few out there and I haven't tried them all, but off the top of my head, decent brands are:
octopus (also called reef octopus)
Vertex
Bubble King
Bubble Magus
Precision Marine
Aqua-c (EV series, NOT remora series)
Tunze
ASM
Aquamaxx


This is not a complete list. It's just skimmers i've either owned, or know from countless reviews that they are good.

Whatever you end up with, it's a good practice to choose a skimmer rated for 1.5 to 2 times your total system volume.
Manufacturers seem to throw ratings around loosely, and every system is different.
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Hey guys!!! Just found this. What do y'all think. I say I need pictures!

http://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/for/2828309878.html
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Sounds like a decent deal. It's not reef ready though. You are going to want to drill it.
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Sounds like a decent deal. It's not reef ready though. You are going to want to drill it.
Yes definitely! But your earlier comment about it being easy makes me feel like I can do it. The local reef store is pretty helpful I may even ask them of they do it. Are the canister filters good for saltwater and the lighting? I really want corals
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What about this slimmer? Is it junk as well. It looks to be the similar to the other one to me but idk.
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You could keep the canister filters and use them sporadically, but they would require some maintenance if you wanted to keep them on the tank for extended periods.
A 6 lamp T5 retro kit will be perfect for what you want to do.

watch this video-
Drilling GH
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What about this slimmer? Is it junk as well. It looks to be the similar to the other one to me but idk.
you are not posting a link. What skimmer?
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You could keep the canister filters and use them sporadically, but they would require some maintenance if you wanted to keep them on the tank for extended periods.
A 6 lamp T5 retro kit will be perfect for what you want to do.

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Drilling GH
Will do!

Would it just be better to resell the canister filters and buy ones more suited for the tank?
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