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Old 07-01-2011, 03:16 AM   #1
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Looking for a good skimmer for 55g

I'm looking for a good skimmer for a 55 gallon (eventual) reef and fish tank. The fish are currently there, the reef is waiting until I get all of my hardware and setup done.

After extensive googling, I have no further knowledge of a "good" skimmer than I did when I started searching. Everyone has their own opinions and someone will praise one skimmer while another despises it.

In your experience, what would be a good skimmer? Preferably with a link to purchase it online.

Also I need the footprint to be less than 11" long by ~7" wide - and looking for an in-sump skimmer.

Under $200 would be amazing

Thank you.

Edit| I've been looking at this:
http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.co...3&pcatid=20033
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The Eshopps skimmers you linked to are decent skimmers. I have an Octopus and am very happy with it.

This will fit your budget and the space you have.
Reef Octopus NWB 110 Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer - AquaCave

This 1 is even better, but looks like it won't fit the space you have for it.
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Hey scott, I have the eshopps 150 and after break in it is pulling alot of gunk. I choose it cause I needed a small foorprint and the price was only $109 at a lfs.

If you have the money I'd suggest an octopus if not the eshopps will do you fine imo.
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Old 07-01-2011, 03:00 PM   #4
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Yeah I was looking at the Octopus 110
Looks like that is what I will get.

The first chamber of my sump has my heater and filter sock. It is 4.25 gallons and approx 12" x 9"

Will there still be water in there or will the skimmer use it all up. I didn't know skimmers were that big. Will I overflow?
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:07 PM   #5
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This will fit your budget and the space you have.
Reef Octopus NWB 110 Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer - AquaCave
Is this the same skimmer?
Reef Octopus 4" Pinwheel In Sump Skimmer

It showed up on google shopping results when I googled that one above to see who had it the cheapest.

I can get it $17 cheaper with cheaper shipping from aquariumguys, if it's the same thing.
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Old 07-17-2011, 01:19 AM   #6
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going to need a different skimmer
sump dimensions are 8x9
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going to need a different skimmer
sump dimensions are 8x9
Can you post a couple of pictures of your sump for me please??
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Can you post a couple of pictures of your sump for me please??
Meh, it sprung a leak so I just bought one.. waiting on it now. But if you view 'My FINAL sump thread' in hardware/equipment there's lots of pictures of it.
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What sump did you end up buying? Got a link?
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I was just thinking though, if I would've used bulkheads on my DIY sump (why didn't i?) it wouldn't have leaked.

I am getting this off of ebay:
18 Gal Refugium-Sump Wet/Dry Aquarium Filter 30x9x15 - eBay (item 110714994736 end time Jul-16-11 21:07:09 PDT)

I liked it cuz it was longer and skinnier than most on the market I could find and it will give me a lot of volume for the dimensions I am going to put it in (inside the stand on a 55g tank).
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