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Old 03-26-2009, 07:31 PM   #1
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Need help chosing a protein skimmer

Im new at this salt water hobby ... just set-up my 120 gallon and dont know which protein skimmer will do the job
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Welcome to the site!
I'm not a skimmer guy but you do get what you pay for. The off brands are, well, off.
I have heard great things about Aqua C Remora, ASM, but I would wait for better experience to guide you.
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I have a 120g tank with an ASM G4X on it, of course I also have a 55g frag system plumbed in as well. Check out the Octopus line of skimmers they are excellent and not as expensive as some. Another option is Euro-Reef they have a very good rep and excellent customer service. I would suggest a skimmer rated for at least 200g just to cover all your bases. Companies tend to "over rate" their skimmers so going a little bigger doesn't hurt.
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I have an ASM GX-1 for my 72G and I am very happy with it. Very easy to set up and empty. I think it's worth checking out!
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I currently have a Vertex in-sump skimmer. It works pretty good, and pulls out all kinds of gunk. It has a nice powerful motor with a bubble plate that makes tremendous working foam. It makes a bit of noise through the air pipe so I made a muffler for it. Took a piece of scrap aquarium foam, then wrapped it around the air tube, then put an old water bottle over it so that the foam was sticking out of the mouth of the bottle. That quieted the sucking noise a lot.
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Octopus , both HOB and in sump.
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Thanks Guys
Ive been looking into these options ... All your input has been good especially for a newb
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