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Old 08-25-2012, 12:43 AM   #61
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I would go with a protein skimmer that can do more than what your tank is. Honestly, that's a pretty important piece to the aquarium puzzle so my advice would be to get the best one you can afford. People have opinions on which ones work the best. Octopus is rated well and I think coralife is. Create a thread and ask what people would recommend for that size tank. That's what I would do just to get some ideas
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:06 AM   #62
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Well what should I put my money toward first
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:33 AM   #63
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Between a sump and protein skimmer, go with the protein skimmer. What are you using for filtration?
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:41 AM   #64
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Um 75 gal hang on the back
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:04 AM   #65
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You should be good there then! LOL! I say go for the skimmer then. A sump shouldn't cost you much to build. You have a long way before corals and I would see how you like this first to be honest. I'm finding out pretty quickly that even a small reef tank is expensive!
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Yeah I probably won't do corals for a long time or atleast a few months I'll have to do lots of studying on them
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:28 PM   #67
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I agree. Corals require research and just like each fish has different requirements, each coral does as well. You've got some homework though with your tank you have now! So moving forward, have you started your cycle on your tank? I know you have the water in. Did you throw a raw piece of shrimp in for the bacteria to feed on? You don't have to have live rock to start the cycle however it's better to put all the live rock you want in now. When you add live rock later sometimes it can cause a mini cycle.
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No I haven't yet I'll have to I haven't gone pump anchorage yet wi
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I haven't gone to anchorage yet I'll have to next week but I'll start the shrimp thing tonight I got some used crush coral substrate from a friend out of his reef tank
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Old 08-25-2012, 08:51 PM   #70
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Oh that's good! Ya, I would go ahead and start the cycle. It takes a while.
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