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Old 09-30-2012, 03:10 AM   #11
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A skimmer isn't needed in every situation, but can be vital in others. What tank setup, stocking, filtration, etc.?
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Haha yeah they probably figure: "oh heat's killing your hundreds of dollars of coral and fish, why don't we "save" you money with this extra insurance." Fans work, but do little when there's humidity, so that sucks...
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:35 AM   #13
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A skimmer isn't needed in every situation, but can be vital in others. What tank setup, stocking, filtration, etc.?
Yea thats so true, i want a reef setup. Ima need one right?
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:35 AM   #14
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Haha yeah they probably figure: "oh heat's killing your hundreds of dollars of coral and fish, why don't we "save" you money with this extra insurance." Fans work, but do little when there's humidity, so that sucks...
Ahah for real, ima save to get one next Summer lol.
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Don't NEED one, and some corals like "dirtier" water...as long as you keep up on water changes and moniter your levels you'll be fine (a phosphate reactor would prob. be a good addition too, but that's not NEEDED either). If we were talking about what you NEED...I'd say a filter, an established tank, and a powerhead, and salt and lighting is all for equipment. Then comes to the WANTS and HOW much work/maintenance you are willing to do. more equipment=less work, usually healthier tank.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:39 AM   #16
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Ahah for real, ima save to get one next Summer lol.
I'll just stick with my ice cube (and fan) method and save the $400 for 40 coral frags!
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:47 AM   #17
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Don't NEED one, and some corals like "dirtier" water...as long as you keep up on water changes and moniter your levels you'll be fine (a phosphate reactor would prob. be a good addition too, but that's not NEEDED either). If we were talking about what you NEED...I'd say a filter, an established tank, and a powerhead, and salt and lighting is all for equipment. Then comes to the WANTS and HOW much work/maintenance you are willing to do. more equipment=less work, usually healthier tank.
My tank is four years old, should i run it with no skimmer and start adding coral? Aha nice il try that ice method also.
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If it's four years old, how is it doing w/out a skimmer all this time? Good, or are you getting lots of hair algae, diatoms, cyano, etc. Try it out, I think it should be fine. However, I know that generally speaking, sps are picky and like pristine very clean water, so might be careful when considering acros and such.
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If it's four years old, how is it doing w/out a skimmer all this time? Good, or are you getting lots of hair algae, diatoms, cyano, etc. Try it out, I think it should be fine. However, I know that generally speaking, sps are picky and like pristine very clean water, so might be careful when considering acros and such.
What exacty are diatoms aand cyno? I have coraline algea aha
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You shouldn't see diatoms. Diatoms is that brownish carpet you saw when you set your tank up. They eat silicates. Cyano is a bacteria that eats nitrates and phosphates. Also called red slime.
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