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Old 09-21-2012, 01:33 PM   #1
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is there a natural solution to a skimmer???

hey, i have a 20 gal LR/LS tank with no fish yet.
just snails and crabs to clean the tank.

i have some mangroves on order to put in my 10g sump with my chaeto.
is there other natural solutions to filter the water like a skimmer.
i am getting tired of my skimmer deciding to turn my floor into a pool when it feels like it.

are there other natural/chemical ways to filter the water and eliminate the skimmer?
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:57 PM   #2
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I have a bio cube 29 an I don't use a skimmer and my tank is doing fine. I just do 5 gallon water changes a week. I wouldn't add chemicals into the tank. Keep as natural as possible and don't add all that "stuff" to it. On a 20 gallon tank your fine without a skimmer.
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:12 PM   #3
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Yea there is . It's called an algae turf scrubber. It is a plastic canvas screen that has water flowing down it. You light it very close from both sides and it grows algae. Every week you clean the algae off and repeat. The algae strips all the nutrients from your tank. Here is a video of mine so you can see what it looks like.



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Old 09-21-2012, 04:11 PM   #4
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i was trying to avoid the water changes as much as possible, salt seems to be getting all used up fast. but i have no problems doing it if needed.
good to know i can do without a skimmer.

i was going to add some chemipure

i saw the post
Algae Turf Scrubber (ATS) DIY build

that thing is bigger than my whole tank, lol
for me, i am limited because my tanks are on top of each other, i have a 40 gal above my 20 gal.
and i have a 90 gal on the side of them both. gives it a nice design when your looking at them thru the wall.
so my head room is very limited.

i think my best bet will be the water changes. i have the Home Depot buckets i use, i'll have 5gal on hand at all times.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:40 PM   #5
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Water changes are your best friend and your fish will yank you. I wouldn't try and avoid them. IMHO it comes with fish keeping like having a car, you can't avoid putting gas in it or changing the oil etc... If you want the car to last you maintain it, if you want your tank to last and thrive then honestly there's no getting around a nice water change.

Just my 2 cents
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:45 PM   #6
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i'm with ya 100%
i take pride in my tanks, especially since they are mostly DIY.
DIY stands, Lights, Plants, Sump, etc.

i need a bench in front of my tanks so i can sit while i watch them.
of course you can see the salt tank, lol, it stands out!!!


here is the space i am limited to for my salt setup.
the doorway is on the left, and the 90gal is on the right, and the 40gal is above it.
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i'm with ya 100%
i take pride in my tanks, especially since they are mostly DIY.
DIY stands, Lights, Plants, Sump, etc.

i need a bench in front of my tanks so i can sit while i watch them.
of course you can see the salt tank, lol, it stands out!!!

here is the space i am limited to for my salt setup.
the doorway is on the left, and the 90gal is on the right, and the 40gal is above it.
Waterchanges are a must skimmer will make your life a whole lot easier down the road imo
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+1, to water changes. They not only remove unwanted elements, they maintain and replenish needed ones.
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:16 PM   #9
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I have my RODI unit, so water changes will be a snap.
i'm going thru my 60lbs bucket fast, and i don't even have fish yet, lol

i'm thinking of getting a container to store premixed tank water.
then i will always have at least a full 20 gal of water in case i ever have to do an emergency water change.
Like one of those big garbage cans that are food grade.
just pop a lid on it and i'll have lots of water to tap into.
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Why is you skimmer turning you floor into a pool, something doesnt sound right, is it broken?
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