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Old 01-07-2006, 07:25 AM   #1
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Cheaper protein skimmer?

I have a 29 gal. tank and was considering the CPR Bak Pak 2. Is there a cheaper skimmer that will work as well on my tank? Not that $130 is expensive, but just money is money. Also do I need the one with the Bio Bale? I have a Aquaclear HOB and live rock(1.5 lbs per gallon) Also, has anyone ordered off ebay? Pros and cons? TIA!
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Old 01-07-2006, 07:43 AM   #2
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Well I have a ViaAqua multi-skimmer and it was the cheapest quality one I could find. It's actually a multi-skimmer in the sense it does filtration also.

I have a 55G tank and ut claims to be able to handle the filtration for that and more if I recall.
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Old 01-09-2006, 04:25 AM   #3
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Thanks falnque. Does anyone else have any opinions?
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Old 01-09-2006, 05:46 AM   #4
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Besides trying DIY, you won't find anything cheaper which works as well. I'd go for the BakPak.
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I've heard good things about the BakPak as well. You also might want to consider the Coralife Super Skimmer (needle wheel) which also would be fine for a 29 gal tank.
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I like my berlin airlift 60. some people say it requires constant adjustment but it has worked fine so far for me.
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Old 01-09-2006, 05:12 PM   #7
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When it comes to skimmers you get what you pay for.. If your short on funds you could try the cpr bak pak or try the coralife skimmer.
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try www.amekaaquatics.com and look at their Factory Seconds. can get a cpr bak-pak that might have a cosmetic blemish, but is otherwise completely functional for $104 last time I checked.

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Old 01-10-2006, 06:01 AM   #9
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Thanks guys, I think I'll go with the Bak Pak. It's usually not the cost of the skimmer($130 or so) but the cost of shipping to Hawaii. Any online stores with good shpping rates? Thanks again.
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i would honestly get the best skimmer that you could afford...a good skimmer comes a longgg way
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