RSS Go Plus One: Bump it up a notch

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  1. MASA Admin

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    Someone told me this once: *”When it comes to equipment, buy what you need at that moment. *Don’t buy anything more.”

    When it comes to reefkeeping, I disagree.

    Instead, adopt this mindset: *Find what you need, then buy one step up. *It’s called “Go Plus One

    Take the example of protein skimmers. *These things are essential for any reef system. *They remove wastes before they have a chance to decay in your tank. *Decaying waste causes high nitrates and nuisance algae issues. *Bad news.

    Every protein skimmer is rated by its maker to be good up to a certain size of tank. For example, a Hydor Performer 405*skimmer is rated for tanks 100-150 gallons. Assuming you had a 125 gallon tank, if you adhered to the “only buy what you need” mentality, you’d buy *this skimmer that is perfectly matched for your tank. *That’s ok, but if you want to increase the diversity of your livestock you can have in the tank and save yourself some major headaches, go plus one.

    If *you went plus one, then you’d buy the next skimmer model up (using our Hydor Performer example, the Performer 505, rated for 125-200 G). The bigger skimmer would result in not only the ability to add more diverse corals to your tank, but more importantly, the ability to absorb any bumps in the road.

    You’d be able to add in more SPS corals as you’d have better nutrient/waste export from the skimmer resulting in better water quality. Better water equals happier corals.

    Also, if something goes wrong in the tank – a large fish dies that the clean up crew can’t handle – or your sand bed gets stirred up for some reason and releases lots of waste in your tank, then the bigger skimmer will pull the waste out faster so it has less of a chance to affect the tank. Bottom line – less headaches for you.

    So go 1+ and expand your tank inhabitants and buy yourself some cheap insurance.

    Note: always measure to make sure the bigger skimmer will fit in your sump!

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    Reefkeeping 101...;)
     
  4. crispin

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    good advice that!
     
  5. RiaanP

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    I agree if its for skimmer.
    But circulation pumps, nothing wrong with starting with SunSuns. Lights, as beginner and you do not yet know what is a softy or SPS or LPS, start with secondhand light unit. But skimmer, buy the biggest and best you can afford.
     
  6. NickW

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    Can a skimmer be to big though? For example, using a skimmer rated for 1400l on a 350l tank?
     
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    I use a skimmer rated for 1200L and my tank is 400L, but yes you can skim your tank too sterile in view
     
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    yes, the skimmer neck can be to big, for the skimmate produced. Meaning that it does not overflow into the cup.
     
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    Have been wondering about this, as im using my JNS SK-2 in my +-200l cube.
    There are days I get wet green skimmate and then dark dry skimmate in the neck as Riaan said.
     
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    On my quarantine holding tank, a 1.2m 240L tank with TS2 skimmer. There is currently only one small pair of ocealaris clowns in there. The skimmer hardly ever produce any foam. The gunk sits in the neck and on the cone part. Not enough bubbles to push it all the way over into skimmer cup.
     
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