Running 2 skimmers instead of 1 bigger

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by Brad Cottle, 1 Jan 2014.

  1. Brad Cottle

    Brad Cottle

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    Ok so I would like to upgrade my skimmer from a bubble magus curve 5 to a curve 7 the five is rated for 500l and the 7 700-900l but if I got another curve 5 would it be no difference,better, what are your opinions :thumbup:
     
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    what size is your tank?

    Everything denpends on what you think is good for your tank. Some people find aggressive skimming to work well for them. this can be achieved in oversized skimmers, skimming wet, or having multiple skimmers.
     
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    I just got the advice from fellow reefers that one bigger one is better than 2
     
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    That's also debatable, cant put a xp5000 on a 50l tank, but 2 nano skimmers could work nicely

    Some guys go skimmer less with only an ATS.

    Once again its personal preference and what's available to you and what you can afford.
     
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    I use two skimmers rated for my system volume, thereby skimming X2 volume. I also have a spare pump. If one fails I can replace immediately, if two fail I still have one skimmer rated for total system volume.

    If the setting for one goes off the other is ussually still 100% fine. For me it is safer to have two, also I am not as handson with cleaning skimmers and equipment as I possibly need to be and need the extra safety factor.

    I have also heard one bigger skimmer is better than two small ones but have not seen any tests in this regard.
     
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    Very true and like riaanv says i only got the advice to rather have a skimmer rated for a 1000l tank than have two rated for 500L if system is 500L. Just sharing the knowledge i required.
     
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    Thanks guys will be upgrading to a larger skimmer:thumbup:
     
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