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Old 10-29-2011, 12:47 PM   #11
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that's not a good quality skimmer.
check out bulk reef supply, marine depot, salty supply...etc. look for something like a reef octopus.
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Ok I have been looking at the reef octopus and bubble magus skimmers. If I don't have the sump built yet how would I know how deep the water is going to be ? For example one I looked at said 9-11 inches of water. Is it the size of the first baffle that determines water level or the amount the return is pumping?
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I drilled my 55g sump for an external pump. it wasn't hard to do.
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums/f20/125-reef-build-100035-3.html

Here's how my sump is setup. The skimmer is sitting on a platform I built with egg crate. It's sitting in about 7" of water on the platform.
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You don't know how helpful that picture is capt. So I'm not worried about how deep the skimmer would be because I can just build a platform like you did. Thank you so much. This tank is going to take a long time so I'm just working on pricing and selecting equipment and making lists. I was stuck on the skimmer part all morning.
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Is the reef octopus needle wheel skimmer any good?
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supposed to be very good. i think the latest update is a pinwheel. but pinwheel and needle wheel could be the same thing. kio707 is using an octopus. i think he highly recommends them.
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The skimmer in my sump is an Octo NW200 needlewheel skimmer. It's a great skimmer.
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yep, i also agree that the octo skimmers are pretty good for the money. i still say you should choose one rated for 1.5 to 2 times your total water volume.
the trouble is, a 55 gallon sump may not hold a footprint like that.
i'd consider this one if i had your setup-
Reef Octopus Diablo 2500 Protein Skimmer
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Ok I just saved that link for the diablo . Hopefully I'll order that soon. Any recommended overflow boxes?
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drill the tank. believe me it's very easy and you'll be so glad you did. don't rely on siphon. rely on gravity. one hole in the back pane about 4" down and 4" in from the corner is all you need.
this place sells what you need plus has video tutorials-
http://www.glass-holes.com/
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