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Old 06-01-2010, 03:03 PM   #1
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Can you recommend a good protein skimmer?

I'm currently cycling a 30 gal. saltwater tank with a hooded top. I have two questions: 1. Do I need more water movement and/or an air stone because the top is closed and 2. Can you recommend a good protein skimmer, one that really works, for a 30 gal. tank.
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no air stone, it'll just put salt deposits everywhere
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Is this just a glass hood. You might want to consider going with out one. Trap heat in the tank and promotes low PH due to poor gas exchange at the surface.
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Thanks for your reply. The top of my tank is black plastic and the light is also in black plastic. I can open the front that runs the length of the tank and I've been doing that during the day. I close it at night because we do have a cat.
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Thanks for your help. My tank cover is two parts both black. I do have a filter that came with the tank and does seem to push the water some. I can open the front of the lid that stretches the length of the tank and I've been doing so during the day.
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I had a JBJ nano cube that had a similar light/hood. Before I knew what a PH was (silly) I just took an underwater filter, took all the goodies out and use that as water movement. Worked pretty good for me and cheaper than a PH.
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As for the protein skimmer, I like the Won Brothers CU75. It can either hook on or be submerged. Reasonably priced and super effective.
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Thanks. I'll look into the Won Bros. Cu75.
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i have a bak pak protein skimmer but air line is very loud...is there aynthing i can use to silence it..if i close it completely is silent i dont get as much micro bubbles. what can i do?
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i have a bak pak protein skimmer but air line is very loud...is there aynthing i can use to silence it..if i close it completely is silent i dont get as much micro bubbles. what can i do?
I have this skimmer and you're right it's very loud. What I did was push the collection cup all the way down to where it touches the intake. Then I adjusted the muffler to where the sucking noise is pretty tolerable. I know the more air the better, but they skimmer is in my man cave and can't take the noise. Even with lesser air, I still get a full cup every week and its a pea (the vegetable) color. ]

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