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Old 05-24-2011, 09:07 AM   #1
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Protein skimmer advice

Hello everyone. I am fairly new to the saltwater hobby and have a quaestion about protein skimmers. I purchased a 125g reef setup from th classified ads. The setup came with a coralife protein skimmer, however I think the pump is bad. Is this something I need to get fixed asap, or can I wait a little while? Right now I have a Green Mandarin, 2 Green Chromis, 2 Engineer Gobies and a cleanup crew. There is about 150lbs of live rock, severa Colt Corals and a Mushroom. There was no substrate in the tank, so I put about. 90 lbs of dry Aragonite and 50 lbs of live Aragonite.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:47 AM   #2
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Did you buy the tank already set up, or did you buy it, fill it, and put fish in?

First, I hope your tank is cycled. Second, I think the protein skimmer can wait a little while, it isn't an absolute necessity - but it will help out a TON in keeping your parameters in check. I don't know much about the coralife skimmers. Is it an in sump skimmer or HOB?
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:03 AM   #3
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I wouldn't stress the skimmer just yet. Do you have a water testing kit? With the setup the way it was you might want to monitor the ammonia, nitrite and nitrates to make sure all is well and stays well. I just speak from experience. I purchased a 55g all setup and hi nitrates for days and had to do pwc's to get them down before i could have my fish and corals over.

As far as the skimmer, a new pump is quite cheap. Is yours built into the sump or is it a separate piece of equpimnet?
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The tank was already established for quite some time before I purchased it. It came with fish and a couple corals. The skimmer is a seperate entity that sits in the sump. The pump that is on it is a Rio 2500, which I priced new at $80 at my lfs. When I purchased the setup there was no substrate in bottom. I wanted dsb so I put about 140lbs of sand in this past weekend.
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Oh and I do not have a testing kit, however I have my water tested frequently at the lfs.
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I would price out some other pumps for that skimmer, you can def get one cheaper than $80.

I'll see what my research can do.

I would HIGHLY and strongly urge you to get your own API saltwater master test kit. In saltwater things can change on a dime and the first thing you'll be asked are what are the parameters.
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Here is a pic of the skimmer.
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This is the closest I got tho the original pump you mentioned

https://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.c...71&pcatid=4671

Price seems about right.

Looks like a decent skimmer btw.
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Thanks for the link...how often do you check your water? I definitely wanted to get my own kit, just haven't got to that point on my list yet. Right now I am setting up to mix my own water 30 gal at a time instead of purchasing it at the lfs.
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I tend to test at least once a week, sometimes more. Even with established tanks you need to keep up on it. And if/when the time comes that something goes awry you will want those levels asap and not wait for the lfs.

Good deal with the 30g mixer, I just got a 32g garbage can yesterday so I can fill my 125g. Comes out cheaper in the end as well.
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