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Old 03-01-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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Which protein skimmer?

I am in the process of cycling a 55 gallon fowlr tank and I am looking to buy a protein skimmer. I do not have a sump so I am looking at hang on the back options. So far I have been looking at the CPR Aquatics bak-pak 2r reek ready and the aquac remora skimmer and they fall within my price range. I like these option because they seem to me low wattage with is a plus. Does anyone any insight or opinions they want to share about these skimmers or a comparable skimmer?

Any advice is greatly appreciated
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In other words I want a protein slimmer for a 55 gallon tank that it is only for fish and live rock. I want to keep the price around 150 but preferably lower. I mostly want an efficient skimmer that is not a power hog.
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I like the octopus HOB skimmers.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:30 PM   #4
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Reef Octopus Hang-on-the-Back Skimmer (Reef Octopus HOB skimmer)

would this be one to consider?
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:34 PM   #5
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I had a remora and really liked it. I also had the bubble baffle box which made it look alot nicer, no micro bubbles and my fish couldnt get sucked up by the pump.

The CPR comes with good reviews as well as the reef octopus. In my opinion any of the three would be good choices.
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I think I like this one a bit more-
Reef Octopus Hang-on-the-Back 1000 OCT-BH1000 - English
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the octopus that you linked is the one i meant to link. I saw a video on youtube and it seems to work well. The CPR skimmer is cheaper but it seems as if the octopus one would be more ideal.

Do I even need to run a power filter?
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A HOB filter? I wouldn't think you need to. A decent skimmer and a reasonable amount of live rock are all you need.
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I originally was going to purchase a fluval canister but a protein skimmer definitely has more precedence since I do not have one.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:35 PM   #10
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I have the the large CPR refugium with built in skimmer and it works great for my 55gallon reef. This product wud also benefit u since u don't have a sump/fuge.
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