Protein Skimmer.......

Discussion in 'General Equipment, Hardware, Filtration' started by ArialReef, Oct 30, 2017.

  1. ArialReef

    ArialReef Active Member

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    I have a 8 Gal LPS dominated reef tank. I'm planning on building the sump. I already have the tank for the sump which is a 5 Gal tank. My question is, which protein skimmer would fit best in my sump ?



    https://www.tokopedia.com/aquastop/jebo-178-protein-skimmer



    https://www.tokopedia.com/ikansapoesapoe/resun-protein-skimmer-sk-300



    https://www.tokopedia.com/abfaquatic/protein-skimmer-resun-sk-05-aquarium-laut



    P.S. I'm picking these not because they're cheap but rather because these are the only ones that can fit in my stand.
     

  2. Tyler_Fishman

    Tyler_Fishman Well-Known Member

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    They have HOB skimmers if worse comes to worse, I'm not aware of skimmers that small, then again I only have a 1 gal tank, so most products for casual reef keeping don't apply to me :)
     
  3. Gareth elliott

    Gareth elliott Active Member

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    That first one looks suspiciously like the rio hob skimmer(awful).

    You could look at the eshopps nano skimmer. Would be rated for the for that size and should work in a 5 gallon sump.
     
  4. ArialReef

    ArialReef Active Member

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    I don't think they sell them here.....
     
  5. Gareth elliott

    Gareth elliott Active Member

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    In my experience no skimmer is better than a bad skimmer. You will be tweaking almost daily to attempt that perfect skimmate. And never achieve it. For that tank size perhaps spend the money instead on a decent light and macro algea for the sump. You will get better nutrient reduction, than a skimmer that only kind of functions. Mho anyway.
     
  6. ArialReef

    ArialReef Active Member

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    I already have. I just need some nick nacks to make my nano better.
     
  7. ArialReef

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    I guess I'll buy it then..
     
  9. Reef of Fillory

    Reef of Fillory Well-Known Member

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    I would second getting a nice grow light for the refugium and skipping the skimmer. I bet macro [Chaeto] can way outperform a skimmer in a tank that size
     
  10. Gareth elliott

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    And any fluctuations in parameters on a system that size should be an easy fix with small water changes. and perhaps a carbon reactor for anything your not testing for. Any other toys, low profile circulation pumps, to maximize the aesthetics of such a small tank.
     
  11. Robin Haselden

    Robin Haselden Turtle R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    IMO, a skimmer is a waste of money on a small tank. I don't run one on my 14g, just do water changes to keep up with nutrients. 5g isn't hard to mix up and is about 40% of the water volume in the tank.
     
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