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Old 05-18-2010, 04:36 PM   #1
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uv sterilizer or protein skimmer?

i have a 125 gallon tank that i am going to start in a week or so...should i get a protein skimmer or a uv sterilizer? or both?
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They do totally different things. A protein skimmer removes dissolved organic compounds from the water and a uv kills anything living that passes thru it. Personally, I never ran a uv and I never ran a reef without a skimmer.
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IMO got to have the skimmer
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I have had both. I had a skimmer for ten yrs but when it broke I didnt see the need for one any more. They only take care of algea spores and parasites that go through the lighted chamber. If it was me I would say make sure of the skimmer.
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I have had both. I had a skimmer for ten yrs but when it broke I didnt see the need for one any more. They only take care of algea spores and parasites that go through the lighted chamber. If it was me I would say make sure of the skimmer.
I think you mean your UV light broke and didn't see the need for one anymore lol.
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