To skim or not to skim, that is the question.

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  1. InspectorGadget

    InspectorGadget Active Member

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    As you can see in the title, that is my main question but, here is the background behind it:

    Up until last night, my main sps tank was a 40 gallon acrylic setup with sump and a Tunze Comline DOC 9004 DC skimmer. Worked great. I woke up yesterday morning to see a start of a 2” long separation in the middle of the bottom seam on one side of the tank. Only 1/8” of acrylic was left before water would start leaking all over my floor. I look at my tank every day so this had to be very recent. In a panic I spent the next 12 hours wiring, plumbing and preparing water for my Nuvo 20 I got for Christmas. I was able to move all my sps frags and my fish over to the Nuvo 20. I also moved almost an entire box of ceramic biomedia spheres I had in the 40, into the 20. Today I went and purchased 15 lbs of real reef rock 2.0 from my LFS for my rock work. I had my Tunze skimmer in the side of the tank to help but had to remove it today to fit the rock. Sorry for the book but I like to give more information than not enough. One side of the overflow on the Nuvo 20 I have chaeto with a chaetomax light. The other side I run BRS ROX .8 carbon. Do I really need a skimmer? On my 40 it was so hard to have any nitrates or phosphates to a point where I was about to dose nitrates. Is it worth trying to find a skimmer that would fit or is all of this overkill anyways? This tank will be just like my 40 as an sps dominant.
     
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    GoVols Cobb / Webb - 1989 R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader MTRCMember Partner Member 2019 Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    So, Your new tank is a 20 gallon?
     
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    Nope.
     
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    GoVols Cobb / Webb - 1989 R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader MTRCMember Partner Member 2019 Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    If it's a 20 gallon I'd just preform weekly water changes.
     
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    Yes
     
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    That was my thought as well.
     
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