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Old 03-16-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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New Protein Skimmer. Removing Filter.

I just put on my first protein skimmer on my 27 gallon cube. It's HOB Reef Octopus BH 100. I have been using AquaClear 70 filter. When is it time to ditch the AC 70 filter? I am thinking that it might be in the way of protein breaking in by filtering the water but at the same time I don't want to remove the filter too early and kill my fish. Please advise. Thanks.

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Tank has 32 lbs of live rock, 1 pump 800gph and another 240gph
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It will take a few days maybe even up to 3-4 weeks before it 's running at max(skimmer) Why not keep the AC70? You can run carbon,gfo or what ever in it. IMO you can never have to much filtration If your set on removing it wait until the skimmer is making foam then remove the AC-70 wait 2-3 days and test the water for Nitrates
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It will take a few days maybe even up to 3-4 weeks before it 's running at max(skimmer) Why not keep the AC70? You can run carbon,gfo or what ever in it. IMO you can never have to much filtration If your set on removing it wait until the skimmer is making foam then remove the AC-70 wait 2-3 days and test the water for Nitrates
Thanks. I don't want to keep it bc it's 8 inches long on a 20 inch long aquarium. I can return it to Petsmart and get $52 back and invest in a 3" long 12 inch high phosphate reactor. That's the reason why I would like to get rid of it.
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I'd return it in a heartbeat and get the reactor you can still run carbon and gfo in it
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If you need hang on back filtration, what type of reactor do you intend on using?
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If you need hang on back filtration, what type of reactor do you intend on using?
I don't know yet to be honest. Phosban 1500 seems to be popular. My LFS sells Tumbler. Another one I was thinking is Reef Octopus.
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look into nextreef i have there SMR1 and love it very well built and easy to maintain

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look into nextreef i have there SMR1 and love it very well built and easy to maintain

http://www.nextreef.com/
Thanks. I like the MR1 Shorty of them all as it is rated for 100 gallons. Small enough for my tank.
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