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Old 03-11-2008, 03:03 PM   #1
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Best type of protien skimmer for 180gal

I'm building a 180gal with a sump. What's better to use. A skimmer that sits in the sump or one that sits external to the sump?

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Old 03-11-2008, 04:27 PM   #2
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Which is more, 50 cents or half a dollar?

If you have the room you may want to go with an exterior ps. Just for looks. As long as it's a quality ps, with an easy to remove cup it should make no difference.
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Old 03-12-2008, 10:26 AM   #3
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Is this a good skimmer for a 180gal tank:

Kent Nautilus EX Protein Skimmer w/ 48" Stack
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Old 03-12-2008, 10:48 AM   #4
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An in sump skimmer has less mess than an HOB. I also like the fact that if it does happen to go nuts and overfill it just drips back in. I know it sounds awful but when and if it goes nuts it will dilute out the skimmate.
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That Kent is overkill for your tank. Not that that's a bad thing, but that skimmer if 4 feet high. Is it going in the basement? You may want to look into something like the ATS skimmer which is 25" high or a euroreef which is 30" high (both rated for 500 gallons).

Dennis, I have not seen a HOB large enough for that tank. The skimmer needs to sit next to the sump, below or next to the aquarium.
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Any "skimmer" can be either in sump or attached to sump. He asked which was preferred. Corallife 225 I use can be either in or attached (HOB) - Euro skimmer same way and both are for a 225 capacity.
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Absolutely no way is a CSS 220 capable of handling a 220 tank. I wouldn't use it on anything more than a 125, and that's pushing it. IMO and IME, the CSS series are junk and way over priced. I used one and I know how they operate.
A new CSS 220 runs about $210 and you can get an Octopus NW 200 for $200 that will make the CSS look like the toy it really is.
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what is a good skimmer for a 180FOWLR without costing an arm and a leg.
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How much do you want to spend?
The Octo NW200 is probably the best skimmer you can buy for under $200...period. Out of the box it is fine for a 180. With a few simple mods it skims like a $500 skimmer.
A step up would be a recirculating skimmer.
Or, you can go top of the line with a BubbleKing.
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I was looking at spending no more than $400.00 including the pump it would need. I feel it's an important part of the filtration.

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