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Old 03-23-2005, 08:32 AM   #1
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best $100 skimmer

What is the best protien skimmer for a 75-90gal tank for around $100? I don't have much room under my stand either.
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Old 03-23-2005, 08:48 AM   #2
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You probably won't find one at that range... You could possibly get a Seaclone 100-150 in that range, but they aren't really popular here... Some do say it works well though and I may buy one sometime too. I am not running a protein skimmer at this time...
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Old 03-23-2005, 09:55 AM   #3
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Go with the seaclone 150. I have one and it works fine.
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Old 03-23-2005, 10:01 AM   #4
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Go with the seaclone 150
In that price range the Seaclone may be your best option. It is not a bad unit just a bit fussy.
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You might be able to find someone who sells a CPR Bak Pak knock-off on E-bay for around that price.

Bak Paks are considered some of the best small tank skimmers. I am not so sure that a seaclone will work on a tank that size.

Your best bet? Probibly spending a little more money and get an Aqua C Urchin for your sump.

You honestly don't want to scrimp on your skimmer when you consider that its just about your only form of mechanical filtration.
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You can get a cheaper skimmer now and save up for a better one in the future. Its better to have one then not too
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well i like those seaclone skimmer, i have had one for a few months and get a decent amount of skimmate, like at least a third of a cup, every week, just make sure you buy the new and improved..i didnt have an old one, but i heard a lot more complaints about it until people started buying the new ones...
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You can get a cheaper skimmer now and save up for a better one in the future. Its better to have one then not too
I disagree. Many people run tanks with no skimmer and have no problems.

Nothing worse than paying $100 for a lower end skimmer, knowing that as soon as you have $200 you can get a better one. That means you spent $300 getting the right skimmer.

I suggest just waiting until you can afford a better skimmer. a SeaClone 150 might be enough for a 75gallon as long as you don't go crazy on stocking it. But a Remora would be much much much better.
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