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Old 08-17-2003, 02:13 PM   #1
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I would like to add a skimmer to my setup but have several questions as to the right one for me.

The tank is 55g reefish
3"DSB
2 backfilters
2 PH
40 lbs LR
40 lbs baserock
many corals
few fish

My tank is covered and a see through. The only access is on the side with the backfilters. about 1 1/2" wide.

What type of skimmer will fit this setup and please note that cost is a very important factor at this time.

I realize you get what you pay for, but certainly their is a reasonably priced skimmer that will do a decent enough job for my needs, I hope anyway.

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Old 08-17-2003, 06:04 PM   #2
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The only access is on the side with the backfilters. about 1 1/2" wide.
Hmmm, there is only 1.5" of space to put the skimmer??

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please note that cost is a very important
What price range are you looking at?
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need a protein skimmer??

well what i would look into is called a prizm protein skimmer it sits under your fish tank and is all self contained. it has a hose in and a hose out. it usally just sits by the sump but if you bought a longer hose for it , it should do the trick for you.. it has its own pump to pump the water back in to your tank.. now i worked at a fish store and some ppl loved prizms and others didint like it at all .. and the reson was they wanted it to work as good as a 500 dollar one when they were only buying one that cost $200 these are canadian price by the way.. hope that might of helped you a little.. or something to look into.
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Yes the space for the skimmer would only be 1 1/2 inches wide so it would have to be a backpack type aor syphon type I would suppose. I am looking in the 100.00 range.

Thankyou for the great input.

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I can't think of a skimmer that will fit in a 1.5" space. I also do not see a way to do it with a siphon that won't get your floor wet, sorry. If you can move the tank away from the wall a couple more inches, there might be something to work with.
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I'm sorry Reef, I don't think I gave you the right picture. The opening is the space between the edge of the glass ..into the tank. My tank is 12 1/2 " wide and the two piece glass cover is appr. 10 1/2" wide only leaving me about an 1 1/2 inches or so of open area accessable to the tank.

Does that help?

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LOL, uh yeah, guess I was wearing the dunce hat today.

For what your wanting to do, I think you can get away with a prizm, or maybe a seaclone, or an Aqua-C remora, but a bak pak (the best option in your price range) might be a little too much.
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If it is as hot in FL as it is in MN, none of us are thinking clearly. LOL

Thank you for your time and advice. I will check them out and hopefully one willl meet my needs.

Thanks for the feather stuff too. Hopefully it will regrow a crown. I did finally make the switch to RO water. My nearby grocier just installed a water fill station and it is definately RO. I purchased two 5gal. water jugs and can refill for only .39 cents a gal. This is affordable to me.

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