how important is it to have a protein skimmer?

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers' started by Lovemyreef2015, Mar 14, 2016.

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  1. DSC reef

    DSC reef Giant Squid

    Dec 16, 2012
    Cocoa, Florida
    I have an sc302, it's only 180 dollars and it's a beast for my 75 reef. Stay away from coralife!
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  3. greatwhitetang7

    greatwhitetang7 Plankton

    Mar 24, 2015
    400 for a reef octopus .. I'm assuming you need hang on and Imo they are the cheaper of the two I would recommend.. But either way a hob-1000 will do up to a 90 gal .. And can be purchased as cheap as 150 on Amazon .. Worth every penny .. While I say any is better than none .. The cheap ones are crap and yes the coralife super skimmers are crap .. They work well ... When they aren't flooding lol
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  4. Vinnyboombatz

    Vinnyboombatz Giant Squid

    Oct 24, 2010
    Dunnellon, Florida
    An in sump skimmer is preferred if you have the room and correct depth. You will also need a chamber with a constant water level. The most important aspect
    the skimmer is the pump. A good quality pump is esential as it will run 24-7. Cheap pumps lead to restarting issues and can be a real pita. Since you have a low bioload (very wise BTW) this Reef Octopus would be a good choice.
    Your tank size is kinda right down the middle of nano and larger sized aquariums so finding the perfect size is difficult. If you have the room a larger skimmer would work but is not absolutely necessary.

    Reef Octopus are solid middle of the road skimmers.
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