No Skimmer?

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by Reaper, 16 Oct 2007.

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What kind of skimmer are you using

  1. None

    13.8%
  2. Air Stone

    3.4%
  3. Venturi

    27.6%
  4. Beckett

    3.4%
  5. Needle Wheel

    62.1%
  6. Downdraft

    3.4%
  7. Other type - please specify

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  1. Reaper

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    Galibore Retired Moderator

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    I ran a nano without a skimmer for a year. Just need to do large water changes. Not so easy with bigger systems.
     
  4. Reaper

    Reaper Thread Starter

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    I can't imagine it - the skimmer being the heart of the system, I ran my tank about a year with a little Berlin air lift - and ever since I upgraded (hehe) to my diy, I could notice the difference!
     
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    Galibore Retired Moderator

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    I can't imagine a medium to bigger 100L+ setup running without a skimmer. Seeing what my skimmer gets out, would never go without one either.
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi Reaper - I know that there are MANY europeans that do not believe in using skimmers (using the Jaubert filtering method).
     
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    Awvince Here fishie fishie

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    I'm currently running my tank skimmerless, need to do regular and religious water changes.
     
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    Was gonna mention that but could for the life of me not remember the name.
     
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    What is a Jaubert filtering method?
     
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    Galibore Retired Moderator

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    It's a natural filtration method which does not use a skimmer but revolves around a plenum (I think). Lots of info on it.
     
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    Reaper Thread Starter

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    Thanx, if I read the link right, it works more or less like a dsb - however, it's Like you said Gali - I see the amount of guck I take out with a skimmer, and according to this method, nothing is "taken out" of the system, hence, where does the muck and guck go?

    Am I on the wrong path here?
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi Reaper - Yeah - it works much like a DSB. I think that the combination of macro algae used, micro critters, and fish, use up the "gunk". Think of the "marine version" of a fresh water tank... In a "complete fresh water system" you balance the type of plants and fish (think of a plecostumus (sp?)) that you don't have to do ANYTHING anymore to maintain the system..... I had it down to a T at a time - then I started marines - then I became DUMB again....

    Oh yes - and water changes are sometimes done ;-)
     
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    Hey, I don't know. I think I'll stick to the skimmer
     
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    dont wana even think about what the water changes will be like without a skimmer
     
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    Alan Admin MASA Contributor

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    You can definitely run a system with out a skimmer, in fact DR had a great little 100L system running on T8 and skimmer less. You have to be very aware of your stocking levels and your water changes. As you guys have said you only have to see a good skimmer in action to know the benefits of having it on the system. A system with a skimmer tends to be far more forgiving than one without.
     
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