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Old 12-25-2005, 12:36 AM   #1
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Protein Skimmer

As some of you know, I am gettin a 29 gallon aquarium and will be doing a reef tank in it with fish. I was wondering if I really needed a protein skimmer or not. I talked to a guy at my lfs and he said I don't have to have one but it would make a great difference and would cut down on water changes. I have been looking at the Prizm Pro Deluxe Skimmer. So, do I or don't I need a protein skimmer? Would it make a huge difference?


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Skimmers are the best thing for reefs. What i would suggest is that you go with an Aqua C Remora HOB skimmer for a 29 if you don't plan on getting a sump in place. These are just awesome skimmers!
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Old 12-26-2005, 12:46 AM   #4
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I have a Seaclone. Do not get one of these. They work good, but you always have to adjust the flow or it wont work. Very good at keeping water clean. Im always dumping brownish greenish water out. So im glad its down the sink then in my tank
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Old 12-26-2005, 07:44 PM   #6
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so... what kind should i get?
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I have a Prizim on my 55g and it seems to work well. Not bad for the price i paid. A little hard to get set right.
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Don't get seaclone or prizm. These are cheap but don't work so they are a waste of money. Get the Aqua C Remora.
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I love my coralife super skimmer.

As you can see, there are many opinions out there.. definitely some common opinions on seaclones, though. Anything else would be ok.
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I never use my skimmer anymore. I so have a refugium though. I do a 5-10 gallon water change once a month. I think you also have to figure in the load of the tank. I have mostly corals and minimal fish. So less food going in and less #!@%$ coming out. Just my 2 cents. My corals show no sign from the no use of the skimmer(over a year). Xenia, GSP,YSP, and other softies still going crazy. Even my SPS are growing. So test it out by monitoring your water parameters.....You never know. Different techniques work for different tanks. Just remember that the skimmer takes out waste and "trace elements" so you will have to dose more if you use the skimmer. Good luck
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