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Old 11-27-2011, 08:37 PM   #1
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Finding the right protein skimmer

I've spent several hours looking for a protein skimmer for my SW tank. I've read around a lot and can't seem to find any definitive answer as to what is the best type or brand to get, and not many of them give dimensions, since I have a limited amount of space in my sump to put it in.

The sump has a constant water level of about 14", and the footprint needs to be 6" by 8" at the most. It looks like most skimmers that are rated for 180-gallon systems are bigger than this? I'd rather not do a hang-on-back skimmer if I don't have to.

Are there any good brands or types or anything I can use? I just haven't found anything that I know will actually work here...
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:38 PM   #2
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Aquacave.com has the footprints of each skimmer they sell if you need that information.
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Is thee such a thing as a protein skimmer that's small enough to fit underneath my tank stand? They are all at least 20" high, and I only have 18" to work with, and even that's being generous... Where does everybody put their protein skimmers?!
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Oddly enough (or not) I have the same issue with a small area underneath my tank stand limiting my options for a sump with a protein skimmer.
And my HOB options are limited due to space as well. Carey is correct, aquacave does show pretty comprehensive specs including dimensions for their wet dry filters / refugiums / sumps.

I am exploring options and will post to this thread if I come up with a solution.
My bet is others here will beat me to it!

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