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Old 11-19-2011, 12:17 AM   #1
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Trade fx5 for skimmer??

Currently have a fx5 filter running on my 200 gallon saltwater setup. I do not have a skimmer yet. Mainly because i don't have room. The skimmer would replace the fx5 on the tank. Should I keep the fx5 or sell and buy a skimmer?

Don't have too many corals yet but it will be a decent reef tank, not a fowlr tank.

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Old 11-19-2011, 06:46 AM   #2
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If you had room for a sump, you could run a turf scrubber instead. Easy to build and cheaper. I run one and it works great.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:47 AM   #3
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I would keep the FX5 and get a decent skimmer. You will always want mechanical filtration and the availability to run other stuff like GFO or carbon should the need arise.

On a tank that size with corals I would strongly suggest a skimmer. Or a sump would be even better if you could find the room.
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Yes room. That's the problem. I'm looking into getting a tunze 9011 skimmer to sit in the tank
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Old 11-19-2011, 11:23 PM   #5
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If you had room for a sump, you could run a turf scrubber instead. Easy to build and cheaper. I run one and it works great.
your running a turf scrubber? how long? sorry to thread jack. but ive been reading and huma-huma is building one. what can you share about it?
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Old 11-19-2011, 11:26 PM   #6
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I would keep the FX5 and get a decent skimmer. You will always want mechanical filtration and the availability to run other stuff like GFO or carbon should the need arise.

On a tank that size with corals I would strongly suggest a skimmer. Or a sump would be even better if you could find the room.
you can run the fx5 or any canister filter as a gfo reactor? smart never thought of that.
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