9410 dc skimmer

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Hi Roger,thinking of changing out my skimmer for the 9410 dc version,Im fed up tinkering with the skimmer I have now,sometimes it skims sometimes it doesn't,my tank is a 5' 120g that's pretty heavily stocked,20 fish,I feed 3 times a day,soft coral and lps only,do yo think the 9410 dc would be ok on this system?.
 

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That is a lot of fish and feeding. Technically we rate the 9410DC to handle 190 gallons of a mixed reef tank and the 9415 to handle 240 gallons. The variable here is the high fish load. If it was me and I could afford it and had the room, I would go 9415. The 9410 can do it, but having had a just enough skimmer before vs a reasonable amount of overkill, with the just enough you tend to have to mess around more with GFO, medias, etc, to compensate, it is totally doable and a good skimmer and if their were half that many fish with a single feeding a day I would say do it, but with the high fish load and heavy feeding regimen I would want more overkill.
 
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Thanks Roger,I will be installing the new Tunze algae reactor ,would that make the 9410 a more feasible option?
 
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I have 11 fish in my 120 running a 9410 DC. I feed 3-4 times a day.
Great skimmer, install, turn on, and it skims. Easiest skimmer I have ever run. Changing the cup is also super easy.
Here is a pic I just took of it skimming away.
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Thanks friend,definitely leaning towards this unit,appreciate the info.
 

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It will work, and the MAR reactor will help, it might make me more comfortable to know more. Is this 20 small fish like chromis and clown gobies or 20 larger fish like tangs, butterflies and angels? If it was a couple larger fish and the rest little reef fish, I would be comfortable with the 9410, the larger skimmer will remove more waste and oxygenate better so that is my primary concern.
 
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It will work, and the MAR reactor will help, it might make me more comfortable to know more. Is this 20 small fish like chromis and clown gobies or 20 larger fish like tangs, butterflies and angels? If it was a couple larger fish and the rest little reef fish, I would be comfortable with the 9410, the larger skimmer will remove more waste and oxygenate better so that is my primary concern.
Roger,the largest fish I have is just under 4",the rest are small-medium,some wrasse,goby,fox face etc,nothing big like big tangs,angels etc.
 

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It will work if most of these fish also stay small, six line or possum wrasse for example no problem, but some fairy wrasses get quite large.
 

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My 9410 DC is the best skimmer I've ever owned. (And I'm in the hobby 45+ years.) Totally set-it-and-forget-it (except for emptying the skimate, and I've got an unused BSR 50ml/min dosing pump that I'm thinking of automating that task with).
 

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I have a 9410 DC I ran on my 210 with 12 larger fish. Worked great but had to empty it every other day. I upgraded to the 9430 DC and now I only empty it every 4th or 5th day. And the cup on the 9430 DC is even easier to remove. Almost zero clearance needed. Both are plug in and skim. The 9430 DC is large, but If you have the room, I'd spend the extra $130 and get the 9430 DC.
 

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