This question again: What Skimmer to get?

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by Raven, 29 Jul 2008.

  1. Raven

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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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  3. Mekaeel

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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
     
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    Raven

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    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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    Raven

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    Thanks,
    What's the diff between the 2?
    is it realy worth it to pay the extra R400 for the TS2 then?
     
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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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    Save up a little more and get the TS2,TS1 will be too small for your system.
    I prefer overskimming rather than underskimming.
    Keep an eye on the 'For Sale Forums',you might just pick up a TS2 at a good price.
     
  10. Andreas

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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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    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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    No such thing as overkill ;)
     
  13. Andreas

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    you will just overkill your bank balance.

    I'm in this for the long run so made the investment up front.Dont want to look back and wish that I bought a bigger one:) it's a tough one, I know!;)
     
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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. ;)
     
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    Hi Raven give Ferdie from Dorry's a call he has good prices he is one of the sponsors
     
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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?
     
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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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    rather phone around because the price on the TS3 etc have come down quite drastically;)
     
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    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.
     
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    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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