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I need some help trying to figure out my protein skimmer situation. My current skimmer is a Reef Octopus in sump skimmer sitting in a 10 gallon aquarium that I have converted into a sump. My tank is 48 gallon cube with a singe, center of the back wall placed, internal over flow box. My issue is I have never gotton good results with this skimmer, partly due to having continuous issues keeping the sump level consistent. I have installed baffles in my sump to funtion as a bubble trap as well as try to keep a constant water depth in the skimmer portion of the sump. The issue is I have used several different ATO products (Tunze osmolator, ATO, etc) and no auto top off will keep a consistent skimmer section depth in my sump.

So I'm thinking of changing to an external skimmer or a recirc skimmer in the sump. If I go with the recirc skimmer in the sump, I'm hoping the fact that it is sealed and water is supplied by a feed pump, that it will be less sensitive to water level changes in the sump than my current skimmer. An therefore will not overflow or be as tempermental to adjust.
 

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I had roughly the same set up, but a 40 gallon under my 210 gallon........never had an issue with 'constant level' as long as I remembered every day to add a gallon of distilled water......I'M THE ATO! But hated it, not so much the skimmer it'self.....it was a Bubble Magus Curve-7. I just hated having to lay on the floor and work under the tank......and of course was always filthy.

Built a 6' external skimmer, old fashioned 'air stone' driven.....Kicked butt. But with new health issues with my Wife, it became too noisy. Thing LAX over the Christmas holidays.

Just got me a LifeReef HVS3-24 HOB skimmer........Never thought of a HOB skimmer on a 210 gallon tank.....WOW! I'm a convert and WILL NEVER LOOK BACK.

Hack
 

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If the skimmer is the section that the water flows into first in the sump the water level should be stable.
You may not have enough water depth for the skimmer to work properly.
 
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