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Old 07-19-2011, 03:02 PM   #81
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Ok im backing up. I said i was going to plan to get the deluxe package for the continious siphin. But what is the purpase of the aqua lift pump?
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Old 07-19-2011, 03:47 PM   #82
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Skimmer is a place to spend the money.. My skimmer will be the first thing upgraded on my tank, its the only aspect that bugs me. I was so mad last week when my guy at the lfs was showing me his skimmer, it took him 10 seconds to properly adjust...I wanted to kick him lol
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:35 PM   #83
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Ok im backing up. I said i was going to plan to get the deluxe package for the continious siphin. But what is the purpase of the aqua lift pump?

The pump takes the place of you sucking on the tube to get a siphon. lol It keeps the siphon going with no air pockets until you unplug it.
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:06 PM   #84
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So i will have to have it pluged in 24/7? I was hoping it would only be needed to start the flow. And you say this system is better than those with the j-pipe?

If the money is in the skimmer so be it. Thankfully sweety pie is a part of this too so we can buffer the cost of some of the equipment between us.

Also on a side note. I know im a horable speller. When im at home the computer catches most of my errors. My phone does not. For those of you suffering through my posts im sorry and i thank you.
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:11 PM   #85
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Yeah it has to stay plugged in. It's a new fangled kinda overflow lol. I had alot of trouble keeping siphon with the regular eshopps one so after a week I had enough and went with the one we're talking about. It's totally up to you, just sharing my troubles I had with the j tube. Most people on here most likely use the j tube configuration and have no issues. But me, nope, nothing but trouble. Plus I like not having to worry about it. lol

The skimmer, if you are gonna keep corals will be invaluable. Theres some areas you can skimp on but not a skimmer in my opinion. You have some time to save up for one too, don't feel rushed into it. You can add the skimmer at any time and it won't be a pain in the butt to do it. I just had my skimmer out while I was doing tank maintainence. hehe....
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:15 PM   #86
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But why is the skimmer necessary? Won't the macro algae take care of what the skimmer does?
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Macro can only do so much. The majority of his organic material will be caught up in the skimmer. The macro is gonna absorb some excess nutrients and trates but not to the extent that the skimmer would I believe.
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The skimmer removes excess fish waste and particles, essentially the heavy particles. As carey stated, to maintain corals, you have to have good solid water quality...and it has to be consistant...the skimmer helps with this aspect. Wish I had a picture to show you of the waste water it produces, its impressive
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lets put it this way a skimmer is a great thing to have but their not totally needed if you keep up with proper water changes and tank maintenance plenty of people dont use them i never would though lol
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I don't have one on my cube or pico (duh of course) and they do pretty well with just water changes. I swear the skimmer on my 55g was the reason I was able to maintain 0 trates for so long.
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