This question again: What Skimmer to get?

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Hi guys,
I'm looking for a new skimmer for my +- 500 l system.
(300 l display, 200 l sump).
At this stage I have 2 "no name" brands, and i don't think it's working that well....

I'm willing to spend +- R1200 for a new skimmer....
So what will it be?
 

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A Reeftek TS2 will do an excellent job there.Not too sure what the going price is though.Might just be slightly over your budget,and in reefkeeping we are always busting our budget:p
Thanks!
Budget - what's that...?:whistling:
Can I eat it...?:lol:
 

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TS1 is about R1200, TS2 about R1600+/-

TS1 = Up to 350L
TS2 = Up to 750L

Choice is yours.
 

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yea, i re-edited my post with more info. have a look. personally i would try save for the TS2 since your water volume exceeds that which a TS1 can handle. But its a choice of over skimming or under skimming.
 

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I would def go for the TS2, even on my 340L setup! This way you'll save in the long run. I currently have a TS1 I bought about 2 months ago, but I am allready looking to upgrade to a TS2 or a ReefOcto in the near future. Nothing wrong with the TS1 just want a bigger skimmer in case the shit hit the fan one day!
 

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yip rather buy the biggest skimmer you can afford, even if cant afford it save longer.
i've heard many people complain later on that they should've got a bigger one as you can then always upgrade the tank volume and still be on the safe side.
i planned on buying a TS3 but got the TS4 for the exact same reason.

many people say that the skimmer is one of the biggest investments for your setup:)
 

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yip rather buy the biggest skimmer you can afford, even if cant afford it save longer.
i've heard many people complain later on that they should've got a bigger one as you can then always upgrade the tank volume and still be on the safe side.
i planned on buying a TS3 but got the TS4 for the exact same reason.

many people say that the skimmer is one of the biggest investments for your setup:)

Where should one draw the line?
Is it not then rather better for me to save and buy the TS3, or is that a total over kill?
 

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Where should one draw the line?
Is it not then rather better for me to save and buy the TS3, or is that a total over kill?
My total water volume is +- 750l
My skimmer is rated for a 3000l-3500l tank.+ im adding on another skimmer which is rated for a 1500l tank. ;)
 

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My total water volume is +- 750l
My skimmer is rated for a 3000l-3500l tank.+ im adding on another skimmer which is rated for a 1500l tank. ;)
My word!
So.....maybe I should look at something bigger than the TS2....So that i'll be ready for the future stockings.
Does a bigger skimmer means i can get more live stock?
Or not really?
 

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My word!
So.....maybe I should look at something bigger than the TS2....So that i'll be ready for the future stockings.
Does a bigger skimmer means i can get more live stock?
Or not really?

Another question:
I've noted that the TS2 is rated for 750l and the cost is +- R1600
The TS3 is rated for 1500l and the cost is +-R3380 - exactly double as TS2.
So is it better to get 2 TS2 or 1 TS3?
 

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I've noted that the TS2 is rated for 750l and the cost is +- R1600
The TS3 is rated for 1500l and the cost is +-R3380 - exactly double as TS2.
So is it better to get 2 TS2 or 1 TS3?
rather phone around because the price on the TS3 etc have come down quite drastically;)
 

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My word!
So.....maybe I should look at something bigger than the TS2....So that i'll be ready for the future stockings.
Does a bigger skimmer means i can get more live stock?
Or not really?

Another question:
I've noted that the TS2 is rated for 750l and the cost is +- R1600
The TS3 is rated for 1500l and the cost is +-R3380 - exactly double as TS2.
So is it better to get 2 TS2 or 1 TS3?
W.r.t to the first part of your question Raven - in theory, YES - you should be able to keep more fish, of less fish but bigger fish. BUT, this is always a fine line situation.....

I have a total of +-870 litres of water in my tank - I have 2 x TS2's running. So, in total I have +-1400 of skimming happening on my +-870 litres of water....

I would always rather go for 2 skimmers. So, that IF the one skimmer "dies" or has a problem, you have a second skimmer keeping you tank/system going.....
;)
 

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Raven,get the largest skimmer you can afford. As far as stocking level goes,keep in mind not too many fish per system (swimming space).As for corals,with a large skimmer yes you can increase your coral bio load.
Thanks Makaeel,

But would you go for 2 TS2 or the 1 TS3?
as both options will give you the same water volume processing...(in theory in any case)
 

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