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Old 12-29-2011, 11:22 AM   #1
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Questions about protien skimmers

I want toget a skimmer but am unsure if skimmer rated for 30gallons will do the job for a 25 gallon tank? I'm working with limited space and don't have 150$ to spend on a skimmer. I found one. For 60$ on foster and smith that is rated 30 gallons is this large enough or should I keep lookimg?
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:27 AM   #2
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I would keep looking. You want a skimmer that is rated for double your water volume usually.

Are you having any particular issues with your tank that makes you want a skimmer? With a 30g tank you should be doing fine if you do your weekly water changes.
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:34 AM   #3
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My nitrates are always high and I want a coral beauty so I want to keep the water quality high so it doesn't get sick.

There's one thats rated for 100 gallons that is only 90$
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Well nitrates should be handled with water changes and not overfeeding or overstocking.

Do you have a sump or did you need a hang on skimmer? Van you link the one you mentioned?
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:41 AM   #5
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I do 2 water changes a week. I would just like to get a skimmer. Here's the link. Aquarium Filtration & Water Quality: SeaClone Protein Skimmer
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:46 AM   #6
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To be honest, I havent heard a single good thing about those skimmers. Since you linked a hang on one I'm assuming you dont have a sump. How about this skimmer

Reef Octopus BH 100 Hang on Back Protein Skimmer - AquaCave

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Bak-Pak 2 Reef Ready Hang-On Protein Skimmer by CPR Aquatics - AquaCave

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Hydor Slim Skim Protein Skimmer - AquaCave
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That skimmer would at least fit behind my tank. I only have a max of 5 inches behind my tank assuming I move it forward. Right now I have 4 inches and I would like to not move it.
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The octopus would work. A bit more then I wanted to spend but thats ok I think. I may call me lfs and. See if they have one for sale still. They had one a week ago.
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The octopus comes highly rated. For the extra money in my opinion for sure worth it.
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Ok well I think that is what I'll get for my skimmer. I just think my tank would be better off with a skimmer and a bit easier me so I can give enough time to all my tanks. Also I want to feed my coral beauty 3 times a day to avoid coral nipping as much as possible. At least I read this works rather well
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