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    Skimmers...

    The next addition is gonna be the protein skimmer, I think, but I have not researched this topic enough to know what to get....

    Can anybody shed some light on a good skimmer for a 26G tank???

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    Megs... think big, think for your next tank and get something you can re-use or re-sell at a fair price later on. Not something that you'll have to give away or hide in the closet.

    You may want to post a WTB: Skimmer in the classified section....

    A Red Sea berlin skimmer may be something appropriate for you at this stage....
    It's not junk, it's un-assembled DIY!

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    ReefVan ... do you think the Berlin turbo skimmer that according to the manufacture is rated for tanks up to 250 gallons will do the job for me on a 180? I just don't have the room for anything bigger.
    Rob

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    No. It's as simple as that... ABahn had a Red Sea Turbo (still has for sale I think) on his 100 I think...(might be his 180) found it wasn't good enough so he went to a AquaC 180. It pulled even more crap out than the Red Sea and by a large margin.

    He setup his 180 and found the AquaC 180 wasn't good enough with his SPS and all his big tangs (associated heavy feeding) so now he has a AquaC 400 twin injector skimmer. It pulls out even more crap than the last one....

    I believe on a 180 you'll need at least a AquaC 240, AeroFoamer 840 (I think) or other heavy duty skimmer if you want to keep any type of half decent reef. A good clone would also be good...

    You need as close to pristine water quality as you can get and I've personally seen on Toutouche's, reefmutt's and ABahn's tanks what a high end skimmer WILL do for the water quality in a well kept reef tank.

    The skimmer is not the cure-all but a big step in the right direction along with consistent and proven reef tank maintenance practices....
    It's not junk, it's un-assembled DIY!

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    MY two cents.....The Berlin turbo is just adequate for a 180, but very conveniant to use. It's a bit of a beast for a 26, but a good choice with the future in mind.
    Matt.

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    I just read Reefvan's reply and I completely agree with him....
    Matt.

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    I've just recently started to dose KW using an automatic IV doser... but now in the skimmer pump compartment :thumb:

    It has made a big differece for me and the foaming and gunk I'm pulling out is substantial compared to what I was getting before...

    Previous discussions with ABahn about this fact had him point out to me that the AquaC actually has a John Guest fitting on the skimmer box for exactly that, a Calcium Reactor / KW input port.

    The high oxygen content in the skimmer mixing box due to the micro-bubbles goes a long way into improving the inter-action between the KW and the foaming ability of the skimmer. I am more than satisfied with this phenomena that has improved my skimmers efficiency...

    By the way I run an Aqua-Medic Multi on my 66 reef and if I wasn't moving to a 220 very soon, would change my skimmer to a larger model as stated above to get that extra margin of safety for heavy feeding and top-off water quality fluctuations.
    It's not junk, it's un-assembled DIY!

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    Bummer ....I guess I will gave to look into a larger unit when the tanks stock levels and load become too heavy. In the mean time I will just have to run both units I have here. The other unit I have is a sanders reverse flow power skimmer that was rated for up to 100 gallons when I got it 7 years ago.
    Thanks Guys.
    Rob

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