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Old 07-21-2009, 11:37 AM   #11
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Not sure what everyone else thinks, but I use the Remora by AquaC (Welcome to AquaC, Inc.) and think it is the best hang on skimmer I have used. Very easy to set up, and works like a champ.
Ogden - in your experience is the Remora louder than other skimmers? I've read good things about this unit but the one common complaint seems to be that it is loud.
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When it was first setup I remember it being a little loud, but as the pump broke in, and a slime coat formed it got quieter for sure. Of course you can hear the water entering the tank, but I don't mind that. Also I have my tank in the family room where we don't sit often so not really an issue for me. For a while I actually had it attached to my sump in the stand which made it even quiter, but it did not seem to work as well.

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Old 07-21-2009, 06:59 PM   #13
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I'm running a Eheim 2080 canister filter and an Octopus BH-800s on my 120, they both work great. I'm running the Eheim biological only at the moment but have plenty of space for media. I definitely like the octopus, it's amazing how much stuff it extracts from the water, oh yeah the skimmate really does stink though.
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Old 07-25-2009, 11:38 AM   #14
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Well - after several days of researching protein skimmers I have concluded two things ...

• there doesn't seem to be a HOB protein skimmer on the market that is proportionally sized for smaller thanks (ie. 40-gallon or less). These things are big and I suppose that is for a reason.

• Overall visual aesthetics of how the skimmer will look as a component of the aquarium is not part of the equation when these companies design skimmers - with the exception of maybe the AquaC skimmers.

So right now I am leaning towards the AquaC Remora with MJ1200PH and the pre-skimmer box to conceal the powerhead. The box is huge at 8.5" x 7.25" but in review it sounds like the pre-skimmer cleans up the in-tank look.

Does anyone have an alternate suggestions for a skimmer that works well and is compact in size (sump is not really an option at this time)? My price range is $100 to $300.

Anyone have experience with these units that are called 'skilters' that attach like a traditional power filter but supposedly offer skimming capabilities - are these things just a gimmick?
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Did you check the Bak-Pak? They make a smaller HOB version and are a good brand.
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Did you check the Bak-Pak? They make a smaller HOB version and are a good brand.
Yea I've read alot about the CPR Bak-Pak ... sounds like it is a good skimmer but it also is fairly large. I think I would be happy with either the Remora, the Bak-Pak or the Octopus if they made a model that was for smaller size aquariums.

I guess what I am looking for is a nano sized skimmer that works well. Not sure a nano skimmer is even available in the marketplace though ...
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Realistically, if you have a 30-40G tank, a skimmer is not really needed, just keep up with the PWCs, you could spend your money elsewhere....
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I was going to say before Scott said it that folks with a 40 gallon or less usually dont run a skimmer. PWC`s will practically accomplish the same thing.
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Old 07-25-2009, 05:39 PM   #19
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Realistically, if you have a 30-40G tank, a skimmer is not really needed, just keep up with the PWCs, you could spend your money elsewhere....
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I was going to say before Scott said it that folks with a 40 gallon or less usually dont run a skimmer. PWC`s will practically accomplish the same thing.
So you guys are saying a protein skimmer is not really necessary on tanks less than 40-gallon ... that's interesting. Is anyone on this board running a system like mine - power filter without a skimmer? Roka64 - I know your similar with your canister filtration system without a skimmer.

Let me ask then, what makes it an essential piece of equipment on larger tanks since we all do PWC's regardless of the size of our tanks?
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I agree with everyone else, no protein skimmer I say. Before I bought the 100 gallon I had a 55 gallon FOWLR and ran the emporer 400 on there and I didn't have any nitrate problems or anything like that. My water was perfect.
I'd say the main reason bigger tanks need a skimmer is maybe due to when you have alot of fish with alot of waste happening?

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