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Old 01-09-2012, 06:10 PM   #11
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I will look... but this one is around 100. I haven't found any cheaper online. I'll look again, though.
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:22 PM   #12
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0002A...147411&sr=8-10

How does that look? A complete no go? I'm still looking at other things too.
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:24 PM   #13
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Would I need the medium? It doesn't really say what tank size its for, at least that I saw.
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:52 PM   #14
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Definitely not 15 nassarius snails in a 55. They are carnivores. they eat left over food. They will surely starve.
I would get 2 or more skunk cleaners and less, if any peppermints. Skunk cleaners are more social and do better in groups, while peppermints are not attractive and hide mostly.
A "clean up crew" if you want to call it that isn't really necessary. Nothing beats an algae scraper and a mag float, combined with water changes.
If you want little inverts, by all means, get some, but remember that they are eating, pooping creatures, and some need to have certain foods present in your system or they will die.
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:13 PM   #15
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I'm not getting a clean up crew just to have them do the work for me. I know that wouldn't happen, I'm still keeping track of parameters, tank maintenance, etc. I do like these inverts, so that's why I'm getting them.
I like the peppermint shrimp too, so maybe one of those, so I would still have it, and three cleaners?
What all would I need to feed to keep the snails and hermits healthy? I figured they would need to be supplemented, just like my snails in freshwater do.
And does five of the two snails sound good, and then the fighting conch? Any other snails I should consider instead of these?
What about the skimmer I posted a link to?
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:23 PM   #16
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That skimmer doesn't look to appealing to me. How much? What tank is it rated for?

Seaclone 100 is under 100 bucks. This is a ok skimmer. For anything good looking at like 200 minimum. If anything skimmer is the one thing you dont want to go cheap on.



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If you have to go 3 or 4 or even 6 months without a skimmer you better off then buy a good skimmer like reef octopus.
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:26 PM   #17
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I want a skimmer... It may just take me longer before I can start the tank...
Without a skimmer, don't you need to do weekly water changes, and with it changes to every other week? I'm fine with water changes, it's just that salt and ro water get expensive in the long run. And I know I can't afford an ro system right away. I wouldn't be patient enough to wait that long before I can start my cycle... lol. So that'll come later.
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You can still do water changes every other week with or without the skimmer. I think you can still start your tank and cycle. Put lots of rock in and do 15 or 20% changes every 2 weeks. Add the skimmer with in next 6 months. Make that your priority before you get a lot of livestock. Maybe only add 1 or 2 fish then focus on getting that skimmer. You other guys agree?? Tank should be ok without a skimmer for 6 months or so. I have read other ppl on this forum running without skimming.
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Seaclones are not good skimmers as far as i've read. They are notoriously bad actually. Unless they've changed something recently, I'd go with something better.
The skimmer linked is an old design. Air stone skimmers worked, but the stones would clog up quickly and needed to be changed out fairly regularly, so manufacturers went to pumps with venturis and needle wheels. The skimmers of today are a night and day difference.

Your idea about a protein skimmer cutting your water changes in half are somewhat incorrect. You would be better served feeding less than using one for that purpose.
Every system is different and every person feeds and stocks differently also.
Trial and error would be the only way you would know for sure if you could cut your water changes in half.
Not only do water changes remove nutrients, they are also replenish lost trace elements. If this is to be a reef tank, regular water change could delete the need for manually dosing these elements.
As stated above, a decent protein skimmer for your system cannot be bought for 100 dollars.
I wouldn't do any water changes while your tank is cycling. You will interrupt the cycle if so.
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Yeah sea clones are not good skimmers but I was thinking for entry level and for under 100. Good enough. But yes they are known as the sea clown. But honestly mine performed decent for first year or so. Then skimmate dropped a lot. I did see a huge huge huge difference when I got my reef octopus. I don't know of any cheaper skimmers tho. But I was thinking just to have something is better than nothing if that is all he can afford.

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I did say above that better off saving for a good skimmer for 6 months and run tank without a skimmer in the mean time.

Mr x I have been reading this site for long while and just recently joined and been posting. Love my new iPhone and this app. I know how knowledgable you are and have learned a lot from you. So thank you. Hopefully you don't think any less of me for recommending seaclone.
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