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Old 03-11-2012, 05:36 PM   #161
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when I say wide open, I am talking I have the water level in the skimmer as far down as I can get it. So it sounds like I may need to put some egg crate under it or something. It is in 10" of water, and 10" is the max depth, so this would make sense I suppose.

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Old 03-11-2012, 05:49 PM   #162
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O ok I gotcha yea I think you need to raise it up then. Eggcrate and sip ties will make a decent platform.
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After settling in my 125g skimmer produces a cup of nasty thick skimmate every two days. My 90g only gets a cup every 3-4 days.

I would let the skimmer continue to break in before moving it around. I did that at first with the little stand my sump came with and I was never happy until I just left it alone in one place for a few days. LOL
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:25 PM   #165
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Both of my filter socks are above the tank. They're starting to get clogged, so I'm going to have to clean them... but nothing bad so far. I can see how lack of maintenance could cause some spillage outside the sump depending on how they're positioned.

My skimmer let out microbubbles like crazy for the first few weeks... now there are very few.... and those are caught by the bubble trap. Your chaeto and rubble will catch a lot too.
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Thanks Jon, good to know.

Let's talk about stocking:

I know I want a clown fish (well my wife wants a clown fish; it was a a stipulation of building this monstrosity).

What else are my options in a 57 with no top?

I want lots of color, and the fish need to be reef safe. Beyond that, I am open to suggestions.
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Thanks Jon, good to know.

Let's talk about stocking:

I know I want a clown fish (well my wife wants a clown fish; it was a a stipulation of building this monstrosity).

What else are my options in a 57 with no top?

I want lots of color, and the fish need to be reef safe. Beyond that, I am open to suggestions.
Reef chromis, engineer goby, Midas Blenny, cardinals, firefish, dartfish, watchman goby, and anthias. Those are just a few.
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Reef chromis, engineer goby, Midas Blenny, cardinals, firefish, dartfish, watchman goby, and anthias. Those are just a few.
I would stay away from the Firefish, dartfish and the engineer gobies... Firefish and Dartfish are jumpers and engineer gobies will tunnel under your rock and in the sand..

The others are good suggestions.
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Ok, so I love the Chromis and the anthias. What would appropriate stocking even be for a 57?

2 clowns, 2 chromis, 2 anthias?
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