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Old 07-23-2013, 06:35 PM   #21
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I run 2 skimmers as well and they both run at full speed and they both have to get cleaned At the same time from all the gunk meaning they both do a great job! One is on one side of my tank and one on the other! Why use one if you have two
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:45 PM   #22
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I ran two skimmers for years with no problems. Finally went to just one to simplify my cleaning routine, which has gone out of control, but that's another topic.
I would prefer to have one giant skimmer rather than two smaller ones for simplicity sake.
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From an engineers stand point. It is about total bubble surface area and "dwell time" the bubbles have in contact with the water. Doesn't matter in the least if it is done with one, two or five skimmers, if the total bubble surface area and dwell time is the same. The finer the bubbles, the more surface area they present. By recirculating the bubbles, you increase the dwell time. Pretty simple.

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I ran two skimmers for years with no problems. Finally went to just one to simplify my cleaning routine, which has gone out of control, but that's another topic.
I would prefer to have one giant skimmer rather than two smaller ones for simplicity sake.
Actually, IMO that would be the best answer to the question Greg. The only issue is when someone question one of the reasons. At least we kept you entertained lol.
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And I love that you didn't get bored with me Jeff!
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It's an absolute protein skimmer love fest.
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:10 AM   #27
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And I love that you didn't get bored with me Jeff!
I think everyone gains a little bit of knowledge each time a hot topic is being discussed. I just avoid going into much deeper discussion cause it will just turn out unfruitful.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:08 AM   #28
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Just for those who are thinking of having pumps installed in parallel, this article may give you some pointers to do it the right way. Just take note that the last paragraph it says

"In summary, parallel pump systems are more expensive, less efficient, and create problems with load sharing that single pumps do not."

Parallel Pumping Considerations
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Taken out of context. As you can see from the picture all of those pumps are inline, and not in a common mass of water.
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hi new to this site but hit on this discussion. I have 2 skimmers. the original skimmer was not man enough for my new tank so i got a new skimmer, but nothing wrong with the old one so i decided to use both! now the only thing i could see is the smaller , older skimmer seams less efficient, maybe this is because the new bigger one is better but they are both pulling out stuff
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