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Old 07-04-2006, 01:13 AM   #1
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Time for a skimmer??

So I have noticed a brown type of film complete with nasty bubbles on the surface of my water in my 20 gallon tank. Is it time to get a skimmer?? If so, what would be the best for a 20 gallon??

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It is always time for a skimmer. IMO the two basic needs for filtration in a SW tank are LR and a skimmer. There are many types on the market. I am assuming that on a twenty you dont have a sump and you`ll have to get a HOB type.
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It would certainly help. You can try pointing a powerhead toward the surface of the water tobreak it up a bit.
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I've always been confused on which skimmer to get since most are rated for much higher gallon tanks.......I actually bought a Berlin Airlift, but it sits so far out from the wall in the tank, that I could not use my lights, so I returned it to the store.

Hmmmm.....maybe the smaller SeaClone???
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lots of people use Sea Clones on smaller tanks, they just require pretty much constant tweeking. If you can keep up to it I would get one.
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Don't waste your money on a Sea Clown.. Never heard anything good about them and know a few guys that used them years ago and they all tossed them after a short time.
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I guess I should have also said that I threw mine away and got a Remora
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You can try pointing a powerhead toward the surface of the water tobreak it up a bit.
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20 gal long or high? What stock do you have in your 20? What, how much, how often do you feed?

Surface film is usually attributed to a protein build up which is usually caused by overfeeding if you have adequate surface agitation.

Of course a skimmer is always helpful in removing DOC and the AquaC Remora is an excellent choice for your small tank with a small footprint in the back.

IMO it’s best to buy a skimmer that is rated for twice your actual tank size both for performance and in case you decide to upgraded in the future. It’s not going to hurt a smaller tank, only skim that much more effectively.
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Used - $75 plus shipping. I got 2 of'm if anyone is interested. Bio-bale, no pump.
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