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Old 01-19-2013, 05:26 PM   #1
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Skimmer help

First let me say I'm still new (4mo in) to this hobby, please keep this in mind when responding to me

I'm going to start a custom 150gl build this summer and I'm thinking I want to do a 55gl sump. I think a good place to start is to decide what skimmer to get to know what I need for water depth before I figure chamber sizes in the sump. Am I thinking the right way?

What skimmers should I be looking at for the amount of water I'll have? I want to do it right the first time but my knowledge on skimmers isn't very great, and there's so many out there! Just looking for some that I can start doing research on.

Oh, It will be a reef tank
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:41 PM   #2
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Making your partitions 10" tall will accommodate most skimmers. A standard 55 is barely 12" wide on the inside. You are going to have to look for space saving skimmers. I would suggest a 40 breeder for a sump. a much better footprint.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:21 PM   #3
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Making your partitions 10" tall will accommodate most skimmers. A standard 55 is barely 12" wide on the inside. You are going to have to look for space saving skimmers. I would suggest a 40 breeder for a sump. a much better footprint.
Will this still give me enough flow to suntan a 150gl? I've always heard bigger is better when it comes to sumps.

Any brands you suggest for skimmers? What brands to avoid?
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:46 PM   #4
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The size of the sump doesn't make your flow rate go down. You want about 5-10x your tank size through your sump per hour.
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Oh and uhhh reef octopus skimmers are good and not too expensive.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:55 PM   #6
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Oh and uhhh reef octopus skimmers are good and not too expensive.
I was actually just looking at this brand, good to hear
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Yep. Octopus, SWC, MSX, JNS, Bubble Magus, Vertex, and Seaside Aquatics are all decent skimmers. Just take the manufacturers' recommended tank sizes with a grain of salt. They seem to exaggerate their abilities. A good rule of thumb is to choose a skimmer that's rated for a tank 1.5 to 2 times larger than yours.
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Yep. Octopus, SWC, MSX, JNS, Bubble Magus, Vertex, and Seaside Aquatics are all decent skimmers. Just take the manufacturers' recommended tank sizes with a grain of salt. They seem to exaggerate their abilities. A good rule of thumb is to choose a skimmer that's rated for a tank 1.5 to 2 times larger than yours.
So if I'm looking at the reef octopus what model should I go with?
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I have the NWB 200 on my 150. Rated up to about 250 gallons.
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I have the NWB 200 on my 150. Rated up to about 250 gallons.
I was looking at this one.. Will this fit nicely in a 40gl breeder?
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