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Old 09-15-2013, 11:57 AM   #1
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Too big of a skimmer

I am just a couple weeks out from setting up my 40 breeder with a 40 breeder sump. I am having second thoughts on the skimmer I bought. It's a reef octopus nwb 200. I know people say to get a skimmer bigger than "called for" but do you think I will have issued with such a large skimmer? Also I have heard of putting your skimmer on a timer, can there be problems with this? Thanks for any advice
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Old 09-15-2013, 12:49 PM   #2
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You didn't mess around!! If it's for a fish breeding tank, you're not going to hurt anything having that much of an oversized skimmer...... If it's for a reef tank, it depends on what you want to keep. Most softies & LPS like (or require) a little bit of nutrients in the water, so over-skimming is a possibility...... That's when you'd want to (and, yes you can) run it on a timer so it's not cleaning 24/7.
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Excellent. Thanks for the reply. My thinking on getting such a large one was I'm already thinking about an upgrade and this way I have a skimmer that'll work on a 125.
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No problem..... And, yes, that's an excellent choice for a 125. That'll handle a pretty good bioload.
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If I do run this skimmer on a timer what would be a good cycle? 12hr on 12 off?
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Good gracious lol. you took plus one to a whole new level haha. You'll definitely have clean water.
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Do the 125 now....
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too large of a skimmer..? blasphemy! lol
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too large of a skimmer..? blasphemy! lol
Well a skimmer rated at 250 gallons and a 750 GPH pump is a little much on a 40 gallon system. look at it this way, It will skim the whole tank capacity approx. 19 times every hour or about every 3-4 minutes lol Biggest is not always best.
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:24 PM   #10
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So do you think it would be best to use it only part of the day or get a smaller one? I am going to have roughly 25 gal in my sump if that helps. Maybe I could get a smaller pump for it. I'm really starting to regret my purchase.
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