Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 08-08-2007, 11:38 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 19
Skimmer Help

In a FOWLR tank would I need a protein skimmer? I have a 180 GAL with 250 lbs of LR 200 LBS of sand. This is the list of the fish that I have

Emperor Angelfish
Golden Butterfly
Blue Hippo Tang
Powder Blue Tang
Niger Trigger
Porcupine Puffer
Salfin Tang
__________________

__________________
tankanator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-2007, 11:54 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 150
Yes you'll definitely need a high power skimmer, that's a huge bioload.
__________________

__________________
pinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2007, 07:57 AM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
 
Ziggy953's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Owings Mills, Maryland
Posts: 9,101
I don't know about a huge bio load but it is a good idea to have a skimmer. They do make a difference in keeping a tank clean and clear.
__________________
Ziggy953 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2007, 10:46 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 150
It is pretty huge in my opinion. Porcupine puffers are extremely messy, as are triggers. Angelfish need to be fed multiple times a day and not all of it gets picked up which creates a lot of uneaten waste. There are multiple large fish which creates a large bioload.
__________________
pinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2007, 03:46 PM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
 
Ziggy953's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Owings Mills, Maryland
Posts: 9,101
I guess I don't consider it to be such a large bio load because they are in a 180 gallon tank. I agree that skimming is a must on this tank as well as some kind of clean up crew but you will be limited to snails becuase the trigger adn puffer will probably eat any inverts you put in the tank.
__________________
Ziggy953 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2007, 04:29 PM   #6
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,244
A skimmer would be a great idea for your tank . It would reduce DOC`s which will end up as nitrates and excessive nutrients. I guess I`m just not a big fan of feeding a couple times a day. That`s an algea explosion waiting to happen.
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2007, 08:58 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 19
Thanks I have a skimmer but I'm tiring to figure where to set it where it will work. I don't have the room to fit the skimmer into the sump, the skimmer can be used inside or outside but I can only place the skimmer on the return side of the sump where it won't be as effective. Right now I'm talking to the manufacture and they have given me some ideals so we will see if they work.
__________________
tankanator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2007, 01:15 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 150
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ziggy953
I guess I don't consider it to be such a large bio load because they are in a 180 gallon tank.
Hmmm what do you mean by this? It's a 180 but that's quite a few large fish for a 180. I've got a 210 with a pretty huge bioload and it may even be a smaller bioload than what the original poster listed.

It's all a matter of opinion though... no magical formula. I think we can both agree that a skimmer is definitely needed though.


Quote:
Originally Posted by melosu58
I guess I`m just not a big fan of feeding a couple times a day. That`s an algea explosion waiting to happen.
Depending on the amount you feed. IMO I think it reduces the chance of an algae explosion. If you feed 10 pieces of krill in a tank at one time, there will be a higher chance of pieces/chunks going missing and decomposing rather than feeding 2 sessions of 5 pieces. As long as you feed the same amount in a day, the more times you feed the more chances your fish have to find all the food rather than most of it.
__________________
pinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2007, 07:12 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 19
Well the sump takes a lot of space and I placed the inlet close to the one end of the stand, so the space I have is at the outlet side and that's the only side I can plumb to ge the water back in the sump. What I might do is to place the supply pump in the inlet side and then feed the skimmer that way, I'll just have to see what happens
__________________
tankanator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2007, 05:17 AM   #10
AA Team Emeritus
 
Ziggy953's Avatar



POTM Champion
Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Owings Mills, Maryland
Posts: 9,101
There is always a way. what kind of skimmer is it? Can you take a pic of the area you are working with? Is this under your tank or do you have an area near the tank that has all of your equipment? I may have someideas to help you out depending on the type of skimmer you have and the space you are working with.

You are right the best place for the skimmer is the first area of your sump not the end.
__________________

__________________
Ziggy953 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
skimmer, skimmer help

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
***FOR SALE*** RedSea Prizm Skimmer PROTEIN SKIMMER mike3epanda Archive 0 09-08-2007 09:47 PM
RedSea Prizm Skimmer PROTEIN SKIMMER *TRADE* mike3epanda Archive 0 09-08-2007 09:44 PM
FS: AquaC Remora Protein Skimmer w/ Skimmer Box (USED) jmh2536 Archive 1 07-26-2006 02:45 PM
Coralife Super Skimmer Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer roka64 General Hardware/Equipment Discussion 1 06-20-2006 07:27 PM
Fish Only Tank with Live Rock-skimmer or No skimmer triggers Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 1 08-30-2003 12:59 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:05 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.