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Old 08-23-2012, 03:10 AM   #1
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Need A Protein Skimmer For My 55

So I was looking on eBay for protein skimmers and found one at a good price. Would this be suitable for a 55 gallon reef? I have close to no knowledge about skimmers and how good they are. Hope to receive some good advice!

http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...id=66707322235
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:25 AM   #2
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Here's a better description of the skimmer.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Aquarium-Pro...ht_2227wt_1002
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:45 AM   #3
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I'm not really sure, but from the looks of it, it doesn't look like a complete great value. I mean, sure it's less expensive, but investing in a quality skimmer is going to make a difference. I think the statement "you really get what you pay for" applies to many things including this piece of equipment. Something that seems sketchy is that the picture of the skimmer being utilized in a tank looks to be freshwater. Also it looks like the company isn't one that focuses on aquariums, but more of everything? Who knows, maybe it's an awesome skimmer, but maybe it breaks in a couple months or a year, then that leaves you with going without a skimmer or buying a new one. There's always the option of going without a skimmer and keeping up on water changes or Craigslist. Best of luck!
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:48 AM   #4
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I had this exact same skimmer and it was terrible. It was big, bulky and cheaply made. It didnt skim anything and I basically gave it away. lol i wouldnt waste your money on it
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Don't waste your money on cheap skimmers, they are the heart of your system a very important piece of equipment. If your not sure what to buy, research the Internet, read the reviews of what other people have used, and look at the top quality skimmers that are more popular.
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A quality name brand skimmer is what your looking for in a first skimmer. You dont wanna be buying junk and scrambling on how to jerry rig it to do something. When it comes to equipment in this hobby you truly get what you pay for.
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So I was looking on eBay for protein skimmers and found one at a good price. Would this be suitable for a 55 gallon reef? I have close to no knowledge about skimmers and how good they are. Hope to receive some good advice!

http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...id=66707322235
I use a coralife superskimmer on my 55 it does a good job on it only mod i made was drilling the air intake a lil bigger
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:37 PM   #8
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I have a Coralife Super Skimmer on my 180g that is total garbage ( IMO) and an ASM on my 90g that is totally awesome. I've had it over 3 months and have never had to adjust it. The ASM isn't cheap though.
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I have a Coralife Super Skimmer on my 180g that is total garbage ( IMO) and an ASM on my 90g that is totally awesome. I've had it over 3 months and have never had to adjust it. The ASM isn't cheap though.
Ya i dont think superskimmer would be good on a 180 but it works well on 55g imo but if you want a nice skimmer i reccommend reef octopus i have pro 600 on my 250g setup and i love it its a beast
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:51 AM   #10
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Check this skimmer out I'm thinking about getting one (the SCA 302) for a 135g reef tank I'm building.
It is the cheapest cone skimmer I've found.

http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewi...id=69338367204
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