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Old 09-25-2005, 02:21 PM   #1
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Recommend a protein skimmer

Can anybody recommend a protein skimmer for a 55 gallon SW tank? Right now using 1 inch live sand, live rock, no fishes in the tank. I have to Marineland 330 power filters on the back and 1 powerhead 550 for circulation.

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Old 09-25-2005, 02:23 PM   #2
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Aqua C Remora Pro. This is what I use and it's done a great job for me. It's a hard working skimmer, very easy to install, and runs quiet.
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What about somebody on a budget?
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Old 09-25-2005, 02:59 PM   #4
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Many people hate the prizm protein skimmer, I happened to get the delux version on ebay for 90 bucks new and I am 90% satisfied, it is a little loud but at night i close the water flow a bit and it quiets down nicely.
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I went with a budget skimmer and didn't come out with a good skimmer (Redsea berlin airlift 60). I spent $40 on the skimmer and $20 for a good airpump to run it. The Aqua C is only about $165 and will come with a maxijet 1200 ph which you need anyway to help with circulation. The bakpak is also a good skimmer and only costs $130.

Don't go cheap. It's not worth it. I'm going to order the remora next week for my tank and throw away $60 worth of cheap skimmer.
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Old 09-25-2005, 03:06 PM   #6
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I like the seaclone skimmer.
The cheapest would be lee's in tank skimmer but they really do nothing. They are just a cheap little peice of plastic with an airstone.
THe seaclone is about 74 dollars,pretty cheap considering the others ones that ive seen go form 150 dollars up and they kinda still look cheap.
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Also, I have been told to avoid the Skilter. It's a Filter/Skimmer in one. Those are quite inexpensive.
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skilters are junk too. They are mainly a cheap little filter with an added skimmer thats about as good as lee's. I would only recommend one for smaller tanks were you need all the room you can get and dont want to buy a 150 dollar one for that small of a tank.
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Thanks to all for the opinions and advice
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on a budget? www.amekaaquatics.com

Click on the link for CPR Factory Seconds. $104 gets you a brand new CPR bak-pak 2, which may or may not have cosmetic blemishes (scuffs or scratches in the acrylic).

Mine came flawless. Not a bad way to save $60.
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