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Old 05-16-2012, 01:55 AM   #1
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Protein Skimmer questions

I'm a newbie to aquarium keeping, and was never really interested until i saw a saltwater aquarium for the first time. Now I'm planning to start a 55 gallon saltwater tank of my own, and i was wondering about what type(s) of filter i should use. Some people say protein skimmers are necessary for a healthy tank but others dont use them at all. So do I need one? What advantages are there to having a protein skimmer? And would a canister filter work just as well? By the way, my tank will be fowlr for now, but just might add some corals down the road once i'm ready.
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Protein skimmers work differently then canister filters. Skimmers remove organics from the water that filters don't. and if your planning on corals you should definitely have one.
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Okay thanks. So if I buy a protein skimmer would i need a different kind of filter too? I want to have a healthy tank but I can't spend too much on filters.
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no the canister will work fine. Just make sure you keep it cleaned.
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sorry were you asking if you need both a protein skimmer and a canister, the answer is yes if your going to keep corals. for now you only need the canister you can add the skimmer later.
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Canister filters work fine, just load all the compartments with filter floss and maybe some carbon. Make sure you clean it regularly. Also I would recommend getting a 75g tank instead of a 55. They are the same length and height but the 75 is larger from front to back which is a big difference when setting up your rock.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:42 PM   #7
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Canister filters work fine, just load all the compartments with filter floss and maybe some carbon. Make sure you clean it regularly. Also I would recommend getting a 75g tank instead of a 55. They are the same length and height but the 75 is larger from front to back which is a big difference when setting up your rock.
+1 on the tank size. The 75s are 10x better then the 55s.. gives you more stable parameters due to the extra 25 gallons, more room to aquascape, and more options on livestock yet still taking up the same space for the most part
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:33 PM   #8
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go go 90 same dims as 75 but taller. the lighting isn't THAT much different for them either. if you went to the 110 then you'd have to look as some serious power. also remember 55's are usually tempered so no drilling in the future(which you'll end up wanting to do)
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I agree on the 75g tank being a better option. i have a 90g as well and find it too deep for my liking lol. I think a 75g would be an awesome size though, check it out!
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Personally I'm not a big fan of the 90...imo its 20L,40b,75,180+ or designer (curved glass/odd shapes) lol
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