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Old 08-24-2011, 01:34 PM   #111
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Well if i go with the Mag 12 how much room will i need?

If you were to buy a skimmer for my tank and which octopus would you go with?
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:46 PM   #112
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The mag 12 is 7 inches by 5 for reference. SOOO lemme see if I cna figure this out LOL.

You'll need at least 7inches wide for the return pump, givingn it an inch on each side, the skimmer needs 18 (giving it an inch each side also) inches so thats 25 inches to hold what you have in mind. That leaves 11 inches for baffles and refugium. My refugiumis 14.5 inches wide but my skimmr section is only ten inches. I have my skimmer kinda sideways to fit. And my return section is 5.5 inches. BUT I only have a 30" sump

I like the skimmer you picked out though maybe theres one comparable with a smaller foot print.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:54 PM   #113
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I was thinking that as well cause i would like a larger refugium area for rock, chaeto and more room for those delicious pods to grow and reporduce...lol. I'll keep looking around for a different skimmer, cause i know im gonna need the skimming power at some point.

Also, how hard do you think it would be to remove the panels and re-do the sump so i can make more room for skimmer and refugium area?
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:58 PM   #114
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I have never added or removed panels so i really cant even guess. I can say ot probably won't be easy though.
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I hear petco is maybe having another $1 a gallon sale. You could always sell the one you made and just buy a new tank LOL Just a crazy thought
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Hmmm...i guess it will be good for me to figure out, so I can become more handy. Have you ever installed bulkheads?
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Nope. LOL While I consider myself "handy" it doesnt extend to aquariums. I can redo a kitchen or lay pergo flooring but have no idea how to do aquaria stuff. ROFL
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Lol...and you have 7 tanks!!! 8102 posts!!! Come on Carey...lol i'm just kidding. I appreciate all your help and i'm no where near done picking your brain...lol
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Here is a link for the base rock and rock rubble

ReefCleaners.org | Clean Up Crews and Macro Algae. Just tell them when you order that you want some of the rock in rubble and they will hook you up.

For the ro/di here is a link

Portable 100G Reverse Osmosis RO DI Radiation Removal | eBay

i would go with the mag 12 but thats just me. You can always throttle it back if need be.

I would also suggest a refractometer for the salinity, much much more accurate than a swing arm hydrometer. Here's a link

eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices

And finally here is a link for skimmers. They have pretty much every brand and size and they also list the footprint of the skimmer so if its going in a sump you can tell if it will fit.

Protein Skimmer, Protein Skimmers, Aquarium Marine Reef Foam Fractionators
Wow. I've never seen a RO/Di unit that cheap before. Does it work well? Is it standard sized filters?
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The unit I have is a 75gpd one, I dont see it on their site right now, but yeah, mine works great. It was pretty much screw the adaptor to the hose and put the "good" water line into a garbage can and the "waste" line into the garden and ta da water. Just have to run through about 15g of water to clear out the system when you first get it. Mine makes about 30g of water in a bit less than 6 hours. And my 5g jugs take about an hour each


Oh the same company sells the replacement membranes as well.
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what are you willing to spend on a protein skimmer? would you go 300-350?
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