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Old 01-25-2014, 09:39 AM   #1
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Can I add a protein skimmer to an established tank?

I have a 75 g tank for about 3 months now. and I am not very familiar on protein skimmers but I heard it would be very helpful. Can I add that to my tank even though it's already established? How do I do this?
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You can either add it to your sump or get a HOB one. You can start them anytime.
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:58 AM   #3
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I don't have anything except an hang on filter. And I have no idea how to do anything else. Could you please give me a process on how to do things as this is an established aquarium? Click image for larger version

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A HOB filter is not enough. Im guessing you don't have a sump. They are a good idea and can be done just as you are. I`ll post this three part link on them

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sumps, Part I by Greg Taylor - Reefkeeping.com

This will give you added water volume plus a place to put your skimmer. IF you don't want a sump or refuge you can get a HOB skimmer. I used a Skilter Skimmer for a while. Most folks don't like them but it pulled out a lot of skimate for me. Also till you can get all this done PWC`s are still a way to remove Dissolved organic compounds from the water. Also a lot of folks use canister filters. There are several options here.
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So how do I attach the sump and a protein skimmer to the tank?
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The water will drain down to your sump by a HOB overflow and return to the tank with a return pump. The link will explain it all.
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I have a 55 gallon sw tank and run a hob filter and a hob protein skimmer with 2 power heads and roughly 70lbs of live rock. With your 75 a similar setup would be sufficient. Click image for larger version

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Would a hob skimmer work on the side? Just because I have my tank all the way backed up to the wall
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It would work, but wouldn't look so good.
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Any one that you know would work good but also could hang on the side?
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