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Old 11-04-2003, 08:52 PM   #11
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I run one on my sons 26g bow. I tell anyone I sell one to to not put it on anything over a 29G. Also it needs about a week or two to break in. If you adjust it leave it for about 2 hours than recheck it. After it is set it stays pretty well on adjustment. Drawbacks are it is noisy. I put an extra long piece of airline tubing on it and ran it into the stand. That fixed it. The collection cup also has to be cleaned at least every 2 days or it has a hard time pushing foam past the build up of gunk. It is small and discrete and that is why i chose it and why i like it.


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Old 11-04-2003, 10:42 PM   #12
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I don't think overskimming is a myth at all. A skimmer will remove organic compounds that adhere to the bubbles in the reaction chamber. These compounds are not just "bad". IMO In small tanks especially an especially efficient skimmer will remove phytoplankton, small zooplankton, bacteria and many minor and major trace elements. This may not matter if one is only keeping fish. Corals however have been shown to feed on planktons and bacteria.
I think that skimming is a double edged sword. On one hand it removes organic waste and helps maintain proper water chemistry. Skimmers may also help maintain proper pH by removing carbon dioxide from the water as it is passed through. The down side to skimming as mentioned above is the removal of organics and inorganics that corals and inverts thrive on.
Many tanks run skimmerless with only live rock, a sand bed and good water flow as filtration. I have run my tank with the skimmer and without and currently use the skimmer as a means of carbon filtration and to blow off excess CO2 which has decreased my nightly pH swing. IMO..the decision to use a skimmer should be based on the aquarists taste and the need to control organics, not just because everybody says "You have to have a skimmer"
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Old 11-05-2003, 12:34 AM   #13
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It is almost impossible to overskim.Especially with the small hang on skimmers that are so popular today. And with all the new plankton additives plankton shortages should not be a problem.
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i would use a skimmer regardless. When you see all the crap it takes out of your tank how could you not justify having one?
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Just remember...there are many organisms that eat crap.
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Old 11-05-2003, 10:58 PM   #16
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ya i call them republicans
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