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Old 06-13-2011, 12:31 AM   #81
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The one rated for 220g probably won't fit in a 20g sump. Where can you buy a cheap but good skimmer? Where did you get yours?
On my 55 I have a seaclone not the best of skimmers but I have done some mods to it that have helped it alot plus I dont have that much of a bio load on that tank but it does have a small footprint on my other tank I got one offline not sure what kind it is but its rated at 160 gallons and works well for me I see alot of mixed opinions about coralife skimmers and I believe they are small and fairly inexpensive also I dont believe I have read anything bad about reef octopus skimmers but know nothing about them
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All I can say is mr.x will always recommend the octopus skimmer.... and after seeing videos on YouTube.. I will have to second his opinion
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I will check on the octopus skimmer.

For a SW tank, is it better to have a long 55g tank or a tall 55g tank?
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Long I would think. For lighting purposes. It depends if you want to have a reef tank. With a tall you will need stronger lights.
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Long I would think. For lighting purposes. It depends if you want to have a reef tank. With a tall you will need stronger lights.
I want a reef tank. So I'll stick with the 55g long. Thanks.
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Yeah np. For lighting you could go with a 4 bulb t5 Ho fixture each individualy reflected or a 250 watt mh. Each will allow you to keep pretty much any coral. You want. Here is a pic of my 60 gal tank to show you about how bright they are. It has 6 t5 bulbs in the hood right now( 2 are out)
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I already have a dual T5 HO fixture and just thinking of getting another dual fixture to save money. That should be fine, right? Do you have a sump? Overflow?
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Yeah that would work. And yes I do have a sump and overflow. my sump is a ten gal. I do plan on upgrading to a 20. It's simple but gets the job done
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Yeah that would work. And yes I do have a sump and overflow. my sump is a ten gal. I do plan on upgrading to a 20. It's simple but gets the job done
What skimmer do you have? Where did you buy it? I can probably use the same one that you have. How long has your tank been running?
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I don't have a skimmer yet but I do plan on getting a reef octopus skimmer. I won't really need it till I start getting lots of coral growth and have my tank maxed out for fish. They are a little pricy but it will be the only skimmer you will ever buy and nothing compares to how well they do. My tank has been running for about 4 months now. I just finished cycling a month ago. It took me about 6 months of prep and researching Before I even filled the tank up. 90% of my rock I made. And 10% I bought just to help seed the tank and bring in feather dusters,worms, and coraline algae.
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