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Old 04-11-2013, 10:37 PM   #1
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Need opinions skimmer

Hello all, I am shopping around for a protein skimmer that will fit in a sump area of 7x7 that will be able to handle a 75 gallon tank and 25 gallon sump. I have looked into a few, cad lights pipeless skimmer, marineland 100, and the turbofloater 1000 blue hob, also looking at the aqua c urchin. Willing to spend around 300 on the high end. But would like to save some money. Will have a medium to heavy bioload in a few weeks or so due to an upcoming tomini or kole tang and whitetail bristletooth tang . Any inputs on any suggested skimmers would be great!

Also water level is around 5-7 inches
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:31 PM   #2
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I like my Reef Octopus ... the model I have is too big for your space, but I believe they have a model with a 6" footprint...
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:13 AM   #3
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That's not very much footprint for a model that has to handle 100g. I scanned through BRS's selection, and if you can't create a larger chamber, you may need to put a HOB skimmer on your sump. Even the Reef Octopus 6" space saver has a footprint of 9.5" x 7.5", and that's one of the smaller ones I could find.
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:22 AM   #4
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Id rather have a hob skimmer. I know the cad lights pipeless will fit in the space, but i do believe ill be buying a super skimmer 125 or aqua max.
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:24 AM   #5
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And the chamber is not sble to be made bigger its a prebuilt marineland sump what about an external skimmer?
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I wouldn't go with any you suggested. I would build a bigger sump to accommodate a better skimmer.
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The tank is plumbed to fit the sump. They came together. Id have to draineverything and start all over. Maybe ill just hang one on my tank instead a reef octopus maybe
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You don't have to drain everything, just the sump. You can run the tank without the sump while you make alterations.
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:38 PM   #9
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Hmm good point mr x. I have a spare 40 breeder but i know it wont fit in unless i take the tank off the top to put it below. My current sump is setup that way too
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Might get two ten gallons or a ten and a 20, drill them and plumb them together one for intake and skimmer secondfor fuge return
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