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Old 07-31-2003, 05:39 PM   #1
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Skilter 250/400

I'm a newbie here, just starting a 30g fish only tank. I was wondering if anyone could give me some feedback on whether the Skilter filter systems were any decent. Thanx
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They're made from extruded plastic, like most hang on filters, so expect spider cracks throughout the plastic after a couple of years. The skimmer must be modified in order to be efficient. You'll need to run an air tube with a diffuser powered by a separate air pump into the skimmer chamber to get max efficiency.

If you plan on running saltwater, I'd suggest a much larger tank than a 30, unless you want to keep a pair of clowns OR 3-4 chromis and nothing else. Larger tanks are also more stable.
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Would it be advisable that I invest in two seperate filters then (power/skimmer)? The skilter cought my eye because it was on special for $40.95. I probably couldnt find much better equipment for that price could I? BTW, I would love a bigger aquarium, but this one was given to me, and right now I dont have the budget for a bigger one. Maybe in a few months.
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what are you thinking of putting in the tank.

Do you plan a fish only setup?

Fish only with live rock?

Reef?

If your thinking fish only do you plan on having a DSB for your substrate?

What are your plans for decorating the tank.

Many of us dont even use a power filter. skimmer is something you can use but your really not going to find a skimmer thats half way efficent for the price of the skilter unit.
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I was wanting a fish only tank, no live rock, with a DSB. Not sure of the fish selection yet. Any suggestions?
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My first impresion when I got mine was;

poor quality craftmanship
extremely noisy
needs to be modified in order to get something out of it

I haven't use it yet.

Would no buy one again.

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