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  1. ptw

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    howsit guys, im like stil tryin to get use to this whole thing so bare with me pls. i like seriously need help with the whole diy skimmer thing i have a 4 ft tank and want to seriously start a reef setup but im not sure ive got all the bases covered. :whistling:
     
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    Welcome to the world of marines!
    Any reason you want to go for a diy skimmer? I speak from personal experience, if money is the factor, keep an eye out for a good second hand skimmer. Rather start on a good footing and as you gain knwledge/experience, then try the diy if you want.
     
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    wow that was quick, well money is the factor and im not sure what size skimmer to get for my current tank or where to get a second hand skimmer
     
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    you mention 4ft..im assuming thats the standard 1200 X 450 X 450 ?
    have a look in the for sale forums. Good, well looked after, second hand equipmet often pops up there.
    Fopr something as important as a skimmer, you dont want to slack from the beginning. Get the best you can possibly afford. THis way yoy given some leeway incasr something goes wrong.
     
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    thanx for the info
     
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    when it comes to the sump and the protein skimmer, do i have to have two pumps or is ther a way i can place the protein skimmer in the sump and have just one pump? help??????:(
     
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    can you perhaps elaborate on this.
    Do you mean one pump for the skimmer?
     
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    i mean have the skimmer in the sump and just use one pump to pump the water back to the display tank
     
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    you gonna need 2 diff pumps man, as well as power heads in the display tank too, skimmer comes with pump, then you need a return pump too.
     
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    i mean have the skimmer in the sump and just use one pump to pump the water back to the display tank youll need a retuen pump to circulate water from the sump to the display tank.
    The skimmer will need a separte pump to drive water/air into the skimmer chamber
     
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    any links where i can find more info on skimmers?
     
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    let us know what you plan on keeping, then we will be able to assist in choosing the best skimmer to suit your neds and budget.
     
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    look in the forums DIY sections theres lotsa guys that have DIYed skimmers befor learn from their mistakes and successes
     
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    well im looking at keeping a reef tank. so im open to any sugestions u have?
     

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