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Old 05-03-2013, 02:00 PM   #1
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Do i really need a skimmer

55g tank with sump. Have live rock in it. Protein skimmer has been running for awhile with nothing collecting. Bought it on a budget so it's not good quality one
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:03 PM   #2
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Yes, run that 1 you have till you can save up to buy a good quailty skimmer, they make a world of difference.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:30 PM   #3
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They do serve a purpose, but if you're asking if it's truly REQUIRED, then no.

Many people run without skimmers, but to keep the tank clean will require more frequent water changes ... you have to get rid of that "stuff" in the water somehow... either use a skimmer to extract it out of the water, or just throw out the water and replace it with clean stuff.
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You don't need one, but they are helpful. How long has the skimmer been running? It might just be that it isn't tuned in yet, which can take from a week to a month at times, before it starts skimming. Open up the air flow as much as possible and the water valve as well, if it has one, though I'm assuming you have a seaclone skimmer which doesn't have one. You have it, so you might as well run it.
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if its the sea clone call marineland and order the upgraded propeller kit
it really makes the difference on how it works it has 6 blades rather than 4
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:06 AM   #6
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Yep that's it. Couldn't remember name when I posted it.
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the upgrade kit is like 12.95 shipped
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Huh, I wasn't aware there was an upgrade kit...how bit of an upgrade on skimming? I still have that can be used and that is the right price.
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I get 3/4 a cup of skim-mate every 2 days made a big world of difference
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:35 AM   #10
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Yea newbie here lol. What's skim mate
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