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Old 01-30-2011, 09:58 AM   #1
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Which new skimmer for my tank?

I have a seaclone 100 Skimmer but it is not doing a good job in mu newly installed proflex sump. I am now looking at the coralife 125g and the eshopps psk-100. The eshopps would be a better fit under my tank because it is only 20 inches in height. The coralife is 24 inches which gives me only 1 inches of clearance under the tank. However I am also still trying to figure out how the these Skimmers work because thy but look different from the setup of my seaclone
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i wouldn't buy either one of those skimmers. what is the total water volume of your system?
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i wouldn't buy either one of those skimmers. what is the total water volume of your system?
I have a 90 gallon tank
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90 plus how many gallons in the sump? what footprint can you fit in the sump?
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90 plus how many gallons in the sump? what footprint can you fit in the sump?
The maximum height for the sump us 24 inches with 1" of clearance. The L x W is 10"x12". I currently have about 5 gallons of water in the sump
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this would work well for you-
Reef Octopus NWB 150 Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer - AquaCave

this one is also a good quality skimmer-
Reef Octopus Extreme 160 Protein Skimmer by CoralVue* - AquaCave
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What are your arguments against the two that I mentioned. Just want to see what your thoughts are.
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I have a seaclone 100 Skimmer but it is not doing a good job in mu newly installed proflex sump. I am now looking at the coralife 125g and the eshopps psk-100. The eshopps would be a better fit under my tank because it is only 20 inches in height. The coralife is 24 inches which gives me only 1 inches of clearance under the tank. However I am also still trying to figure out how the these Skimmers work because thy but look different from the setup of my seaclone
Take a look at this one. The pump is integrated into the skimmer, making it easier to place in a sump with limited space. overall height is 20.5''.
Super Reef Octopus XP 1000SSS CONE Protein Skimmer - AquaCave

I have just placed this same model in my sump a few days ago. Seems to be a well designed unit, but haven't had it long enough to give a lengthy review.

Re; " However I am also still trying to figure out how the these Skimmers work because thy but look different from the setup of my seaclone"

Skimmers may look different, but they all have the same end function.

See.. What Is Protein Skimming, and How Does It Work
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What are your arguments against the two that I mentioned. Just want to see what your thoughts are.
well, i've had experience with coralife skimmers and know them to be of much less quality than their competitors. i don't think i've seen anyone who has knowledge of skimmers mention that these perform well.
i have also seen the eshoppes skimmers running at MACNA and took a good look at the different models and i was not impressed.
that psk-100 is way underpowered for your tank. i would probably consider something of that size for maybe a 40 gallon, but again, i'd probably want something better quality anyway.
a protein skimmer is either going to be a major component in the filtration of your system, or just a giant aerator. i believe the 2 you chose aren't going to do a whole lot other than aerate the water.

also, it's a good practice to look for a skimmer that is rated for 1.5-2x your system volume. these manufacturers tend to rate these skimmers for more than they can handle IMO, and some companies rate them for MUCH more than they can handle.

the only trouble i've heard about the space saver cone is that when you need to do maintenance to the pump, you have to remove the entire skimmer from the sump. that might be a P.I.T.A. for some.
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