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Old 09-07-2008, 03:41 PM   #1
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Is it possible to over skim your tank? I'm in the process of putting my shopping list together (and applying for a second martage to pay for it all) and was wondering if I should just buy the biggest skimmer I can afford?

My tank is going to be about 400 litres (125 gallons or thereabouts) and I hope to have a sump of about 50 litres underneath


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Old 09-07-2008, 04:39 PM   #2
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You can't really overskim because if there is nothing to skim than there is nothing to skim and no skimate will be produced. Definately buy a good skimmer this is not something you want to go cheap on. You get what you pay for. The octopus lineup I hear is a good deal for your money and very effecient I have an aquamedic turboflotor multi 1000 I am satisfied with it.. If you are planning a sump I would recommend a in-sump style skimmer not a hang on back. I bought the multi because I wasn't sure if I was going to have a sump yet. Oh and the mortgage industry is tightening the leash on loans so If you are going to take out a second on the house You should do it now LOL


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Like Fijiwigi said, you can't really overskim, but you can overspend. You can get a good skimmer for a 125 in the $200-$400 range, but you can also spend more and get a skimmer rated for a much larger tank. The bigger skimmer won't hurt, but it won't really help much more than the skimmer rated for that tank size.
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I agree with what has been said. I suggest getting a skimmer that is rated for 150-200g. Find a quality skimmer. Bigger doesn't always mean better in this hobby. Look into the Octopus skimmers, Deltec (expensive) Euro-Reef, AquaC, Bubble King (very expensive) and several others. I use an ASM G4X recirc on my system. I have no complaints with the skimmer.
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