Is it possible to protein skim too much?

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  1. Kylepoma12

    Kylepoma12 Member

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    I am just getting back into reefing, and I'm going to be setting up a 150 gal tank. But, in the next couple years I am going to upgrade to a tank around 300 gallons, so I want to purchase equipment that I can use on the 150, as well as on the larger tank I purchase down the line. I was thinking I would buy a protein skimmer appropriate for a 300 gallon tank, but I wanted to make sure it wouldn't be too powerful, or skim too well, for a 150 gallon tank. Any input is greatly appreciated!
     

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    leahfiish Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    It is possible but usually can be remedied. But technology advances so quickly, imo I would buy the skimmer best for your current system and then in a few years get a bigger and better one.
     
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    You can't really overskim, the skimmer will just stop producing foam. You can get into trouble if your tank is too clean. You want to keep your nitrates and phosphates >0.
     
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    I've got a 29 gallon tank with a skimmer that's rated for a 75. I've seen no real issues other than the skimmate is not as dark as it should be. It seems to do best skimming wet rather than dry.
     
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    Yuki Rihwa Well-Known Member

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    Same here I used skimmer rated for 150G on a 48G FOWLR, water quality is darn good.
     
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    I'm about to be sticking a reef octo 150 on a 40gallon.
    I decided that if I saw any negatives I would only run it at night.

    But I doubt I will.
     
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    AdamNC Lawnmower Blenny says nom nom R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I run mine 24/7.
     
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    cracker Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I always get a skimmer rated double the recommendation . Never had an issue. I think the makers like to exaggerate the efficiency of their product.
     
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    I read about a multiple tank study where the were doing this exact experiment with skimmer usage and the tank with less skimmer usage faired the best. 4hrs per day only.
     
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