Originally Posted by Live2Fish
Is there any other reliable brand you suggest?
If you are referring to protein skimmers,..then it's kinda like fords or Chevys ,... They'll both do the job ,but which do you like,.... Reef octopus skimmers are usually the skimmers that are suggested on this particular forum,., but there's alot of them that'll do the job,... I started off with a eshopps hob
skimmer when I had my 75 gallon tank and was amazed at how much junk it pulled out of the water, .. I'd suggest looking around on the different vendor sites and see what they've got in your budget range ,...but before you buy ask here first , maybe someone has that same skimmer and has some issues with it ? ....like I said before shoot for something like double the amount of water you have in your system... 35 gal
tank = 75 gal
+ skimmer etc
I think Doug ( mr x ) was referring to a wet / dry sump which has a very iffy return section,.. Your Skimmer( if in the sump ) will require a very stable water level to perform satisfactory,...that's why a regular partitioned sump may work best,..usually they are divided into three sections,the first ( normally ) is where your skimmer lives,...it's the section where your main tank drains into,..and is very stable as far as water level goes,.once it reaches a certain level it'll overflow into section 2 ,normally where your micro algae lives,..once this section fills up it'll overflow into the last section which contains your return pump which will return the water back to your main tank.
You may just want to avoid the whole sump issue and just use a hob
skimmer and maybe something like a aqua clear 70 or 110 hob
filter instead of a sump,... Your choice,..feel free to ask away,...hopefully someone here may have an answer or two,....hope this helps you a little.