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Old 01-01-2014, 01:16 PM   #11
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Also what kind HOB is it?
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:18 PM   #12
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Ok so another question..... I don't want to invest a fortune in sw right off the bat. Say I went with a smaller tank..... 10-20 gallon fish only. Is a skimmer still necessary or would regular pwcs be sufficient
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:19 PM   #13
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Skimmer is not necessary for that small,of a tank.
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:23 PM   #14
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Ok great! I'm just Trying to "test the water" if you will. So 20 gallon would require live rock, lights, and filters. Do you have to cycle a sw as you do a fw?
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:24 PM   #15
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Yes you do and it takes longer that fresh usually. I would do as much research as you are now about it before buying anything.
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Old 01-01-2014, 01:34 PM   #16
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In terms of being able to get away with a skimmer, it is possible to do with a lightly stocked tank as long as you keep up with weekly water changes. Though keep in mind, as stocking goes up it becomes a highly effective method of filtration. I run a skimmer on my 55 reef in my sump and has done a good job...though I am in the market for a new one as we speak for other issues.
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Hey man sorry I asked about how to make a thread that was rude I just didn't know where to ask but now I realize that that was rude sorry. Also 55 gallon would probably be easier because it water mass is bigger than a 20 gallon so more room to make mistakes.
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It's cool, thanks for the help
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:33 PM   #19
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Ok so another question..... I don't want to invest a fortune in sw right off the bat. Say I went with a smaller tank..... 10-20 gallon fish only. Is a skimmer still necessary or would regular pwcs be sufficient

IMO you won't necessarily NEED a skimmer in a tank this size. I ran a 30 long without a skimmer for a while but I did always have a nasty film on the water surface and it was near impossible to keep the sandbed clean. But with weekly water changes it can be done without a skimmer although the benefits of having one far outweighs not having one.
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