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Old 03-12-2014, 06:50 PM   #1
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Protein skimmer best bang for the buck

Hello folks I needs some advise on a half decent skimmer for around $200 I have a 75dt and a sump. total water volume is around 110 gallons. I know that $200 isn't a lot but if that's all you had what would you buy. All suggestions welcome. Thank you
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:58 PM   #2
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bubble magus curve 5 or 7. try to go with the 7 if possible. i absolutely love mine and it pulls out a TON of junk.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:06 PM   #3
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How much was it and thank you
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:09 PM   #4
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This one looks good for under 200-
Bubble Magus BM 180A Protein Skimmer Brand New | eBay

And this one for a few bucks more....
Bubble Magus BM 220A Protein Skimmer Brand New | eBay
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:09 PM   #5
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Is the nac 7 the same as the curve 7
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:14 PM   #6
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wow, i must apologize, i didnt even realize i spent $300 on my skimmer lol (gotta love this hobby) the Curve 7 is reight around $289 or so. the Curve 5 is listed at $209.99
heres a link from Marine Depot, which is the site i usually buy my dry goods from, excellent service and faast shipping, if it s worth mentioning.

Bubble Magus Curve In Sump Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer w/ Bubble Plate
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:16 PM   #7
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they are similar. i want to say that the NAC is the outgoing series. the Curve is the new series. they both list different pumps as well.
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Mrx I have an algae issue again I cut back on my feeding a little and started weekly water changes again. Could a junk skimmer be the reason I have so much nutrients in my water. I also have ro/di water. It's the brown algae that only gets on the glass and once and awhile I will see it on the sand. I have add more flow, and added a phosphate reactor first with gfo and now I'm using kent phosphate sponge in it. I also dosed vodka for about 4 or 5 months and that seem to help a little. It's driving me crazy. All and I also have the Chinese 120w LEDs two of them
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Algae needs nutrients to grow (along with light of course). If you are putting in more nutrients than you are taking out, you will see the signs (algae, cyano, rises in nitrate, etc.). You need to evaluate your bio load, along with how much food (and supplements) you are putting in the tank V.S. how much you are removing. A better skimmer may very well be the answer. You will have to figure that out for yourself.
How much are you feeding and how many fish? What size are the fish? Water changes? What size system and what skimmer are you using now?
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i believe you are referring to diatoms. which if i remember correctly, is more of a stage than an ongoing issue tanks have. also dosing vodka helps lower nitrates and phosphates, but it actually promotes the growth of certain algaes.
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