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Old 05-01-2011, 10:38 PM   #1
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Need opinions on a good protein skimmer please

Hi guys, moving along now and wondering if I could get some suggestions for a good protein skimmer for a 100 gallon tank and 20 g sump. Need to upgrade have a cheapie.
Also was told by the lfs that a deep sand bed is a breeding ground for parasites. He's been doing it for 40 yrs and is adamant that if you have more than a very thin substrate, you're doing it wrong (?- mine is 2-3")
Last question, does everyone have their lights on a timer and if so when should I set them to turn on and off?
Feeling mixed up, please any suggestions...
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well i would recommend a reef octopus skimmer i have one for my sump and it works GREAT
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:44 PM   #3
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Cool I'll google it, thanks
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:45 PM   #4
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When we researched protein skimmers we narrowed our choices to reef octopus and ASM. Went with reef octopus 8 because it was on sale and we love it. Super effective, tons of nasties every couple of days. It is rather large in it's profile though so make sure you have the sump space for it. The ASM g3 was a little more slender.
Our lights are on timers. The actinics and the 50/50's come on at 9am. At 10 the 10,000k come on. The 10,000k go off at 8 and the others shut off at 9pm.
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i've actually been doing alot of research on skimmers as i want to DIY my own. there really is no better skimmer its all about the pump and how much air it pumps in mixed with the contact time that the bubbles are in the water for.
reef octopus are generally the skimmers of choice though
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:23 PM   #6
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Thanks. I'm thinking of a reef octopus 6" pinwheel in sump. Right now I have a seaclone and it was used so I'm a little worried.
Anyone know anything about the substrate question I asked above?
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people have been very successful with deep sand beds. if done correctly they are a great nitrifacation process. some peopel go bare bottom because the stubstrate does not trap any organics or organizms. its all up to you what you plan on doing and there are pros and cons to everything
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Ok, obv I have to clean my sand, anything else I should be doing to be doing it "correctly"?
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don't clean a deep sand bed thats bad news to do. let it build its bacteria and do its job

what d you mean by everything? with regards to the lights on a timer? its good to have it come on and off wit hthe timer yes
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So you set your timer similarly to how Maya describes above? FYI I have 2 60" T5 320 W ballasts.
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