Protein Skimmer for a Nano Tank

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  1. Al

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    Hi Guy's,

    Im definitely converting to marine tank(FOWLR) in the next week or so:thumbup: . I went to a LFS to have a look at few things for the marine tank and came a cross the Rio Hang on Skimmer (R260).

    How is this Protein Skimmer? Any advice how good this skimmer is? It say's for tank 's up to 20 Gallons. Is there a better Hang on Skimmer's and what are the price range :)
     
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    What size is your tank ?
     
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    My tank is be 55L (14 Gallons).
     
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    If you going Fish only you should be OK, although you need to watch your parameters closely and do regular maintenance on the skimmer or it will become a nitrate factory.

    What sort of fish are you wanting to keep ?
     
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    Those Rio Hang on skimmers were recalled because they don't work....at all.
     
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    Wow, shows what I know about hang on skimmers :whistling:

    Any reason they still in the trade ?
     
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    bud its not worth it in my opinion to have a skimmer on a 55L tank. You can easily do water changes and keep the params good. A 10L change a week (thats 1 bucket) is like 18% water change. I have a skimmer on my 130L but I still rely more on water changes :thumbup:
     
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    warr: I don't think its that hang on skimmers don't work but rather that model?
     
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    Thanks Guy's.

    What Protein Skimmer do you suggest i get and what will the price be?

    I intend to keep 2 Clowns and one Royal Gramma. I dont think in can keep more than that
     
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    They shouldn't be.
     
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    Have to agree with Matt, with that sort of bioload (3 fish), water changes will do the job.
     
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    Agreed. Grab a cheap hang on filter, remove internal parts and replace with activated carbon and purigen to keep the water nice and clean. Water changes will take care of the rest.
     
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    Al protein skimmer total waste of money for a tank your size ;) especially with only 3 fish. I adopt the "keep it simple stupid" approach to my nano :)
     
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    Thanks for all the advice.

    I will keep you guy's updated on this forum. I will be giving away my Tropical fish this week and start with the marine tank soon.:)
     
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    Al are you using the same tank? If so did you ever medicate your tropicals in it?
     
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    Yes im using the same tank. I did medicate the tank way back in August 2007. I will be cleaning out the tank before converting to a marine tank.
     
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    Check if the medication contained copper (highly toxic to invertebrates). If it did there could be copper in the silicone that leaches out over time and causes problems
     
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