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Old 10-03-2011, 10:56 PM   #11
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Yes under the DT. Skimmers: are they rated by DT size or total water volume with the sump? Any particular brand suggestions?
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:08 PM   #12
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yes, reef octopus, vertex, bubble magus are pretty good for the money. a good rule of thumb is to purchase a skimmer rated for 1.5-2x your total water volume. manufacturers loosely rate their skimmers in most cases IMO. i would choose something rated for 200 gallons give or take.
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yes, reef octopus, vertex, bubble magus are pretty good for the money. a good rule of thumb is to purchase a skimmer rated for 1.5-2x your total water volume. manufacturers loosely rate their skimmers in most cases IMO. i would choose something rated for 200 gallons give or take.
Wow! I can see this is going to cost me. LOL. The least expensive skimmer I looked at was I believe called Red Line. 150 gal unit about 300.00. With all the footprints I looked at a 30 gal sump seems more correct for the 100 gal DT. I may have to set up a smaller isotlation tank and use my 29 gal for a sump.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:08 PM   #14
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The Vertex 180 may be within my budget if I build a sump. I think I am headed that route.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:27 PM   #15
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lol..this is anything but a poor mans hobby.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:30 PM   #16
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if you're on a budget then you could always try DIY stuff

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Old 10-04-2011, 10:31 PM   #17
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lol..this is anything but a poor mans hobby.
Yes I know. My little 29 I bought used for 80 bucks is now cost me close to 475 to upgrade the filter and all the sundry supplies, rocks , 4 fish. LOL. I am trying to get this 100 up less substrate and live rock for under a grand.
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:34 PM   #18
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LOL not that desperate but my nature is to be always looking for the most bang for the buck. I spent too many years running a small buisness. LOL
My wife came from a farm family that stuffed soap slivers in old nylon stocking until they had enoeph for a bar of soap. LOL.
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why would you say you're not that desperate, that would probably be a great skimmer and pull out great skimmates, just because it might look a little ghetto doesn't mean it won't do the job the top brands will do.

at the end of the day what makes a good skimmer good is lots of tiny bubbles, good contact time, easy trasision to the collection cup. small differences like the type of material doesn't make to much of a difference and a 5 gallon waterjug has it all. its large and its smooth and has a great cone shape leading to the cup. all you need is a good pump to get them bubbles in
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Owe! Sorry I didnt mean to offend you if I did. I am not a great DIY guy. I work on small stuff under a microscope all day long and building things like this makes me feel like I am still at work and just don't like it. I will probably build a sump but that is about it. Again if I gave offense my apologies.
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