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Old 10-02-2010, 10:12 AM   #11
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Excellent links here Mike....It is good to plan for the (possible) future
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:11 AM   #12
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Thincat made a good point...find out what you want in the tank first...but I strongly suggest a sump with a in sump protein skimmer with any live rock tank with or without corals...more filtration..better bacteria buildup....hang on skimmers(good but not efficient) unless you have two 55 or better power heads...circulating the water...a hang on protein skimmer wont be able to keep up with the waste produced by the live rock the fish...not to mention the uneaten food stuck in the corner that you cant see(biggest water polluter) .... good luck!!! patience is the key!!!!

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Old 10-04-2010, 08:48 AM   #13
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In a three compartment sump (with a bubble trap as well) does it matter where the skimmer goes? What I was thinking of is:

1st section water from main tank. Can skimmer sit here?

2nd section sand/live rock and greenery???

3rd pump to go back to main tank. Can skimmer be here?

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Old 10-04-2010, 09:33 AM   #14
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Where the skimmer goes depends on what it needs and exactly how the sump is setup. Ideally it should be in the first section so that any bubbles that it lets out will be dealt with before they hit the return pump. Some skimmers need a stable water level. Of it needs a low water level it is best to have it in the last compartment, but without an auto top off the water level here won't be stable. If it goes in the first section you may have to drop the water level in the entire sump to keep the water level low enough in the first section. I have an external skimmer (AquaC EV) and it sits right behind the sump with the drain draining into the first section. This saves space in the sump while still leaving the output in the ideal section, and is a great skimmer.

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canister, sump

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