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Old 07-21-2013, 11:57 PM   #1
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Two Protien Skimmers instead of 1 big one?

It will be a lot cheaper for me to just add another 150gal rated skimmer rather than buy a skimmer that's rated for 300gal + for my 200gal aquarium.

what do you think?
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:51 AM   #2
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But power consumption wouldn't even be close. I would say sell what you got and put that towards a larger skimmer.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:38 AM   #3
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Plus more noise.. I swear I bought a Chinese skimmer for my 220 and it is noisy as all heck, I would go nuts with two of them
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I use panty hose to cut back on the noise. Works well and keeps filtering. I'm sure they could clog, but are so cheap I change them out weekly.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:20 PM   #5
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It will be a lot cheaper for me to just add another 150gal rated skimmer rather than buy a skimmer that's rated for 300gal + for my 200gal aquarium.

what do you think?
Having 2 skimmers in sump means more heat to your tank. Both will be inefficient making each one less effective in a sense that having less bubbles means less skimming.
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I run 2 skimmers. I don't see any problem with it if you have room. The downside would be space, some heat, and power consumption, although, a larger skimmer will have a larger pump, which will also generate more heat.
I don't see any reason why they would be inefficient.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:52 PM   #7
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I recently read a study, wish i could remember where, but it said that running 2 skimmers wasnt as good as running one. Again, just read that recently have no idea if its true or not.
Why not sell the current skimmer and get a single large skimmer?
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:36 AM   #8
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A double sized skimmer has less power losses compared to 2 skimmers half the size. It will also suck the minute nutrients that the half sized can not. It is similar to having 2 less effective power heads for surface agitation.
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I don't know about comparing power heads, and small skimmers not being able to suck minute nutrients, but skimming is all about air bubbles making contact with dissolved organics, and whether it's 2 reaction chambers or one, should not make a difference.
What about a skimmer that has 2 or 3 pumps as opposed to 1? Is that less efficient?
I don't see any logical reason this scenario would not work.

Below is a picture of my sumps. I have 2 drains on my tank, going into 2 socks, then through 2 skimmers, one on each drain. It works quite well.
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We are talking about a 200 gal tank with a 150 skimmer that only works best for 75 gal. Less bubbles means less efficient. You can fill up the rests. The same thing as a power head that is half the size than one that can effectively agitate water surface for oxygen. I am not talking about 1 unit that is already doing its job and then double it.
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