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Old 12-03-2012, 06:00 PM   #1
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Money wisely spent?

Just got some birthday money and it is all going to my tank. But I want to make sure I spend it wisely.

The only pieces of equipment I am still missing on my new tank is a Protein Skimmer and and RO machine.....

I can't get both right now....

Tank has only been cycled for a few days and I am 6 weeks away from adding the next set of critters. Better off getting the RO to save on trips to the store and lugging the water up three floors or installing an HOB skimmer to help maintain tank stability? Tank is a 40G breeder.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:04 PM   #2
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I would get the protein skimmer first. Lugging water is annoying, yes, but doesn't affect the health of the aquarium. The protein skimmer does have an effect on the health of the aquarium. And without the skimmer you will need to do much more water changes.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:12 PM   #3
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First is there anything in the tank now?


Second what's your budget?

Third, how long till you would be able to buy the option you don't get?

My priority on a new tank would be the Ro unit. Yes the protein skimmer is good to have but until your tank is well stocked your bio filter (lr ad live sand) should be able to handle the load until you can get the skimmer...
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:16 PM   #4
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First is there anything in the tank now?

Second what's your budget?

Third, how long till you would be able to buy the option you don't get?

My priority on a new tank would be the Ro unit. Yes the protein skimmer is good to have but until your tank is well stocked your bio filter (lr ad live sand) should be able to handle the load until you can get the skimmer...
Well a skimmer removes dissolved organic matter, LR does not. In order to remove this organic matter without a skimmer you would need to do more water changes.
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I agree you know it.


But I also think the money he saves on Ro could make it faster to him to purchase the skimmer

Also why I asked the additional ?'s
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I agree you know it.

But I also think the money he saves on Ro could make it faster to him to purchase the skimmer

Also why I asked the additional ?'s
I also agree, you are right. But if itll be a couple months, IMO the skimmer is more of a necessity.
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Buy them both used on craigslist instead of new??? Just throwing out a suggestion. Depends on your budget for sure though.
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I actually disagree. Success starts with the water. If you have an algae or cyano issue it's most likely caused from the water. I read it's okay to go without a protein skimmer up to 40 gallons. As long as you keep up on frequent water changes, you can replace the job of the skimmer. Of course it won't be as efficient, but having frequent water changes and pure water is waaay better IMO. The water is the source or your success/problems so it's really important especially for a reef tank. RO/DI would be a lot better than RO. Protein skimmers are $200, but so are RO/DI systems so pricing is pretty similar.
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First is there anything in the tank now?

Second what's your budget?

Third, how long till you would be able to buy the option you don't get?

My priority on a new tank would be the Ro unit. Yes the protein skimmer is good to have but until your tank is well stocked your bio filter (lr ad live sand) should be able to handle the load until you can get the skimmer...
1. Current stock is 2 clowns, 2 hermits, a peppermint shrimp, 4 nassarious, 3 margaritas and 4 turbo poop machines.

2. 200-250

3. Whichever I don't get will have to wait to around february.

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Used on eBay or CL, but I'd rather for my first tank buy new since I want to be able to get sales support if something doesn't work.

BRS sells a 75gpd RO/DI for about 170, and the reef octopus 100 for about 130.

If I get the skimmer I could also get some GFO for water quality and still have some bucks for another couple fish in a few weeks....

Is the RO from the store really not as good as the stuff I would make?
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Without testing it's hard to be sure of the water. Do you have a tds meter?

You can get new stuff off eBay. I found a 75gpd 5 stage for $120.

Feb is only 2-3 months away. With out coral in the tank and only 2 clowns + Cuc I think the Ro/di would be first. Some people have systems and don't run skimmers at all...
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