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    Senior Member Xman's Avatar
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    protein skimmers

    Do I need a protein skimmer? I've been running a 30 gal tank for about 6 months now with 35 lbs of live rock as my only filtration. I didn't get a protein skimmer because the guy at the LFS told me I didn't need one. I'm not having any problems but the more I learn about reef aquariums the more I think I should get one.

    If yes, does anyone have any suggestions on what type and size I should get. I certainly don't want some ugly box in my tank.

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    what LFS was this?? don't talk to that person anymore.
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    i would suggest you an Aqua-C Remora...
    if you have a sump and you think about upgrading later on, i would suggest you having a bigger skimmer.

    For the moment, the Aqua-C Remora is good enough!
    Richard

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    It was Big Al's. I thought they new what they were talking about, untill I bought some ick from them :guns:

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    The LFS guy said I wouldn't need one for my size tank, that the live rock would be enough.

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    Lifereef products have a really good name. I can't wait to get my skimmer wet. Rumor has it that Harley here makes really good acrylic products for alot less than you would pay in a LFS. Just a thought.
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    Mike Philpott

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    You don't necessarily need a protein skimmer, it depends on what type of corals you want to keep, if any. Every LFS I talked to said that you dont need one to start, its once you get into trickier corals that it becomes a necessity.
    55 Gallon w 22 lbs of live sand and 40 lbs of crushed coral.
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    Theoretically you can get by without a skimmer, but I really can't reccomend it.

    Nutrient problems build up over time, and then when the algea explodes it is tough to get things back in line.

    A skimmer is especially important if you are new at this. Just about every mistake you make ends up putting nutrients in the water. Having a skimmer can really bail you out.

    I you are going to stay with this tank without a sump for a while you need to look at Hang on skimmers. AquaC is very good. I have a big external AquaC skimmer and I am very impressed with both the quality and customer service.

    Here is a link:

    http://www.proteinskimmer.com/products/Remora.htm

    I would suggest you stay away from Seaclones and Prizms. I have seen hundreds of threads complaining about those.

    If you decide to go for a sump, an ASM is a great skimmer for the money.

    Hope that helps,

    Bill

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    Actually I have a Seaclone running in mine now and I don't really have any complaints with it. Except that the collection cup is a little small. Now I don't really have anything to compare it too. I might be able to compare it a little better in a couple of months when I get the Life reef up and running.
    Cheers,
    Mike Philpott

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    Thanks for all that info Bill!

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