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Old 06-14-2012, 10:53 PM   #11
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I have a 180g FO and a 90g reef. The 180g has been up about a year. It's a semi-aggressive tank. LFS told me I didn't need a skimmer on a FO. I was doing water changes every 3 weeks (per his direction) and hitting 100 ppm on nitrates between changes. Also had cloudiness issues. Switched to a different lfs (who I ended up buying the 90g reef from a month ago) and they recommended a skimmer. Now I'm seeing 15 ppm nitrates between changes. And the 90g has had 0 ppm since I started it. So, I guess I've become a big fan of skimmers. I have also come to understand that the cleaner the tank, the less that gets skimmed (which makes perfect sense).
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:02 PM   #12
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I would always run a quality protein skimmer on anything 40 gallons or more. If your skimmer isn't producing, get a better skimmer.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:46 AM   #13
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I agree totally. If you have it use it, if you don't have one get one.
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:13 AM   #14
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I have never used one ..
I run an algae scrubber,,I don't thnk a skimmer does anything to bring down trates
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:21 AM   #15
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I agree with FTMMWS, a skimmer won't being nitrates down, but it will help keep them from accumulating in the first place.
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:46 PM   #16
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I have never used one ..
I run an algae scrubber,,I don't thnk a skimmer does anything to bring down trates
Sorry for the confusion. I know PWCs are what lower the nitrates. I did mean that a skimmer will help keep them down.
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:16 PM   #17
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Yes a skimmer wont remove the actual nitrates but will reduce the things that cause nitrates.
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