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Old 04-24-2012, 03:18 PM   #1
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Protein skimmer

Hey I am in the middle of making a deal with a guy from Craigslist and he has a sump but I'm not sure about a protein skimmer, is a protein skimmer needed for a reef tank?
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:20 PM   #2
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On a tank larger than say 30g or so I would strongly suggest a skimmer, especially if it's gonna be a reef tank. An invaluable piece 0of equipment, well, at least if you get a decent one. The $50 crappy ones on ebay arent worth the bother.
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Okay well he says he has one so I'm going to go pick it up in a few minutes and that will begin my adventure of a 75 gallon reef!!
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When I go pick it up, I am going to ask him about the light, what should the wattage be on a 75 gallon for all reef corals?
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Wattage would vary depending on desired live stock, but anything over 200w would cover most things you would want, whether it's led, t5, t5ho, metal halide, power compacts, would make a difference, but anything over 200w would be a decent light for your tank. Other things than wattage would need to be considered also though.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:10 AM   #6
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Okay well she said I need to buy a new pump for the protein skimmer/sump, how many gallons per hour of a pump should I buy? I think she has 120 gph on there now, should I just buy the same one?
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Depends if you are talking about the pump for the skimmer or the return pump for the sump. If it is for the skimmer I would replace what she has. If it is the return pump for the sump, you will need something much more gph to match the overflow.
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It is on the side with the protein skimmer, this is my first sump so I don't know much about it yet, but it almost right below the skimmer.... My friend told me that I need a pump that will cycle the tank 3 times an hour. Was he talking about the pump for the sump?
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If it is connected to the skimmer then it is for the skimmer, not the sump. There should be an air line from the upper part of the skimmer to the pump. This pump is to feed the skimmer and suck in air to create the foam that it uses to float off the gunk that collects in the cup.

If it is in the last section of the sump then it is the return pump. In this case the flow rate of the return pump needs to be rated for the overflow that is bringing water to the sump. Basically, you want to pump the water back to the tank at a rate equal to the rate that the overflow is taking it from the tank.
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How can I tell what the rate is? I didn't think to ask when I purchased it
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