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  1. General Reef Discussion
    I'm wondering which of these skimmers are better for a reef tank with fish. My choices are Coral Vue Technology AC20284 Octopus Needle Wheel Skimmer or SCA-302 180 Gallon Protein Skimmer. Which one would you recommend? or have had experience with thanks.
  2. Reefing Equipment
    So I feel like my local shop is giving me the business to spend more money! I want to start a reef tank. I know that I need lighting and all that stuff. I am just starting with dry rock and going to cure it. I currently have a 55 gallon tank and a HOB Aquaclear 110 filter. What other stuff do I...
  3. Skimmers & other filtration
    Need to purchase a protein skimmer for a new 75gal tank which will go into the sump tank. There are many on the market and guessing which is better than the other for the money is getting overwhelming! Which one(s) should I really be getting serious about that don't cost an arm and a leg?
  4. General Reef Discussion
    So I have a frag tank with led lights. Its been set up about 6 months now and I have noticed that some of the zoas grow relatively well, while others grow but with really small polyps. Seems over time that the polyps shrink. Currently I am using the cheapo full spectrum leds with optics off...
  5. Skimmers & other filtration
    Hi all, newbie to Saltwater and Skimmers, I purchased a Reef Octopus 2000 recently and it has been working great. But when I shut the unit down for any reason and then power it back up I have to remember to twist the cap of the breather tube or it would overflow. if I kept the cap off it would...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    I'm doing an experiment; I'm stopping my skimmer 12 hour per day, to see if my sponges 13 of them will pick up the slack. What do you think. I'm trying to determine the best time slot for it. First the context; Its a hight nutrient tank, because of its inhabitant; Its LPS dominated 85 corals...
  7. Reefing Equipment
    So to make this quick and hopefully simple, I hooked up this skimmer about a week ago and everytime I plug it in it fills up and starts overflowing the collection cup. The way to control the flow is also very confusing to me and the instructions it came with were of course not useful but no...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    My tank is a high nutrience 150 G reef tank , principaly because its a softy tank, but also because its a system connected to a display refugium 75g . I also have a NPS zone in there( high dosing of supplements) Gorgonians, suncorals,clams and sponges all ove the tank. Since most of my tank...
  9. Skimmers & other filtration
    I'm having a hard time between deciding weather or not to get the bubble magus nac 3 or eshopps in sumps 75psk. Any help or advice This is my first reef tank 55 gallon with a diy sump from a 14 gallon tank (20x10x19 high)
  10. General classifieds
    I have a sro3000 reef octo for sale in use right now works great!! Bb 3000 pump only a couple months old....400 obo shipped Mrc mr2 model skimmer...bought used needs new beckett housing or I was going to diy it...it's all there but the fitting on the bottom broke...new beckett is 125 bucks for...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Currently have a 55g DT, no sump. Getting a 75g DT that is drilled, and I plan to use my existing 55g tank as the sump. I will be custom building the stand, but could use some tips from experienced reefers on the sump design. Here's the google sketchup, exact measurements to scale: The skimmer...
  12. Reefing Equipment
    Finaly made up my mind on the skimmer I'm getting but it may not fit in the 55gal sump conversion. What are my options short of buying another sump, can I run the skimmer in a separate container housing only the sump and then send it through the bubble traps to be returned to the DT. The pump is...
  13. Skimmers & other filtration
    Firstly I put my tank details in the tank info section. I just bought a 55 that was already setup by the owners who were moving out of state and were desparate to sell quickly. I am concerned that all they have for filtration is a HOB filter that looks like a 150. I have been collecting...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    I just installed my first skimmer,Reef Octopus BH1000 on my 55 gal and I was wondering at feeding time today how much of the food is getting skimmed out? During the week I feed zooplankton,cyclopeze,phytoplankton,Copepods and Rotifera as well as blender mush. Do you turn off your skimmer while...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    hey you guys, I was wondering how often you guys empty your skimmer collection cup, I am really looking for people that have reef ocotpus skimmers. So I have a hob bh-1000 reef octopus on my 40 gallon. I empty the collection cup probably 2 times a week, I was wondering if this is too much and if...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    I just ordered new bulbs, skimmer, and salt from F&S. Need some opinions on each. 2 x XM 175w 20k mogul (Should be a good blue color right?) 2 x UVL 24w Super Actinic t5 HO bulbs 2 x UVL 24w 454nm Actinics t5 HO bulbs (Good Mix before the halides come on?) Reef Octopus NWB 150 skimmer (Easy to...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    Hey everyone, So i am deciding on a skimmer for my 130 gallon tank that is going to have at least a 30 gallon sump. I was wondering what skimmer I should get. And if the prices are really worth the difference between them, can someone experienced please help me out here. Deciding between the...
  18. Reefing Equipment
    Hello everyone,i am going to be starting up a 30 gal nano reef tank here soon,which is dowsizing from my previous 55 gallon FOWLR and would like your opinions on what equipment i should use. Im going to have live rock and live sand,but do not know which skimmer to use,or what lighting would be...
  19. Skimmers & other filtration
    How would I know if my skimmer is too small for my tank or if is adequate? I'm running a 75g DT with a 20g sump, currently lightly loaded with 5 fish, 4 soft corels, and a couple sps frags. Skimmer is an Eshopps PSK 100. It skims great, I get a very dark green skim, takes about a week to get a...
  20. General Reef Discussion
    Ok, so i was all excited abotu getting a 150, then i got word from my landlord that it might be too heavy for the floors once filled...so i decided against it and am going with 75 gallon / 30 gallon sump. I still want to go "filterless' meaning i want to use rock, sand (deep sand bed), macro as...
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