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Old 09-22-2013, 03:51 AM   #1
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Do I need a sump in a 40 gallon tank.

I am converting my 40 gallon freshwater tank to saltwater and would like a reef. I'm going to have 40lb of live rock and live sand. Do I need a sump or could I use a HOB filter or canister filter? Also, do I need a skimmer in a 40 gallon?
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Old 09-22-2013, 04:22 AM   #2
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I'd say yes you need a skimmer but you don't necessarily need a sump however I would highly recommend one if you can use one
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What skimmer should I get?
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Old 09-22-2013, 04:38 AM   #4
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Maybe look at reef octopus or bubble magus
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:52 AM   #5
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Hydor slim skim. It doesn't hang on the back so no leaks to worry about. Only cost is it goes inside the tank. Thats they way id go if i didn't make a sump. Much less to worry about and fairly priced at ~$110. Quiet and good skimmer from what I've heard. I'll be starting up a nano reef with a 40B and that is the skimmer I'm going to use.
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:56 AM   #6
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To answer the original question though, No you don't need a sump. Just a couple powerheads, a heater, lights and a good skimmer. No need for a HOB filter if you use a skimmer. Shoot for a 15X turnover on water in your tank for fish only and 25-30x for reef. So total Powerhead GPH FOWLR-400-600 GPH and 1000-1200GPH for reef.
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:40 AM   #7
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I think I'll get the hydor slim skim
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:03 AM   #8
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I think I'll get the hydor slim skim
from what ive seen its a pretty good skimmer. Just wont surface skim but i don't get why thats a big deal because neither will my $600 in sump skimmer lol

MrSaltWaterTV used the nano version on his "Sexy Tank" and reviewed it
Mr. Saltwater Tank Reviews the Hydor Slim Skim - YouTube
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from what ive seen its a pretty good skimmer. Just wont surface skim but i don't get why thats a big deal because neither will my $600 in sump skimmer lol

MrSaltWaterTV used the nano version on his "Sexy Tank" and reviewed it
Mr. Saltwater Tank Reviews the Hydor Slim Skim - YouTube
Would the Hydor slim skim nano be OK for my tank or would I need the Hydor slim skim for up to 60 gallons?
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:38 AM   #10
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Would the Hydor slim skim nano be OK for my tank or would I need the Hydor slim skim for up to 60 gallons?
For the price difference I wouldn't put the nano on it and risk it . It's always best to go slightly over rather than push the limits of your equipment. Drsfostersmith.com has it for $104.99.
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