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Old 05-27-2008, 10:39 AM   #1
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Question Protein Skimmers

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I'm looking at purchasing a protein skimmer for my new marine tank (its all in the planning stages). I have got a 270Litre tank (approx 70 US Gallon). There are two options available to me :

(1) A hang on the back protein skimmer (external)
(2) An external one, such as Deltec APF 600 Protein Skimmer, underneath the tank.

I have no sump, and I can't find the required information anywhere. My question is:

Can I put the external Deltec APF 600 Protein Skimmer underneath the tank, this would mean a maximum return height of 230cm from the base of the protein skimmer. Is this acceptable? Would I have to fit another pump to boost this? Or am I just better going for the hang on the back, such as a Red Sea Prizm Protein Skimmer?

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Old 05-27-2008, 11:18 AM   #2
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My only experience is with The AquaMedic Turboflotor 1000 Multi. Its a hang on back or can be used as in sump it can be used in a Multi of ways. It does a great job it is rather large though about 18" high and 6" wide
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Thanks - how deep is it? ie how far does your tank have to have clearance from the wall behind?

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I too would go with a HOB skimmer. The output from a PS is generally not pumped. It just flows back into the tank (hob) or is discharged into the sump.

The 1000 multi needs at least a 6" clearance from the wall. Actually I think it requires around 8" due to a couple of protuberances
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Thanks - how deep is it? ie how far does your tank have to have clearance from the wall behind?

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it probably needs about 6-8"" space from the wall. I keep my fish tank about 14" from my wall so that I can get to things easily.
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That Deltec won't work. You can't pump the water from the skimmer up into the tank. It would have so much back pressure the water would pour out from the collection cup.
Check out the Deltec MC500 or MCE600.
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