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Old 01-30-2007, 03:22 PM   #1
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powerheads & protein skimmer ??

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I have only been using an Emperor filter on my tank for water movement only. I was told to take out the cartridges as that could be making my nitrates higher. It is a 55G tank and i have approx. 75#'s of live rock. i wish thinking on getting 2 powerheads but not sure which size or models to purchase (best price is better choice for me).

Also thinking to get protein skimmer as i am not using one. That might help to lower the nitrates. Any idea on decent make for this too ? So many choices and i am not too sure of which to choose.

I've had this tank up and running for about 1 year... it is stocked with same fish i purchased as when i started up... so not many casualties !

Any help would be great!

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powerheads & protein skimmer ??

For a 55G, I would suggest two maxi jet 1200s. I hear great stuff about Aqua C Remoras or Bak Paks (sp?). Don't skimp on the skimmer!


I think I saw someone selling a relatively new Aqua C in the classifieds.

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I like the Aquaclear powerheads. Powerful, compact, and relatively cheap.

As far as skimmer, I just bought the Aqua-C a few months ago, and I really like it. Very efficient, not too loud, not overly expensive. I ordered from marinedepot.com, great experience.

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LR and a skimmer is very important for biological filtration. PH`s are a great addition also. I use the excalibur skimmer which works great and is quiet also. You are making an excellent choice as far as getting a skimmer.


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