What Skimmer to go with?

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  1. Tweedy

    Tweedy

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    Hey Guys,

    Wonderful site you have here. I have finally taken the plunge into getting myself a Marine setup but need some advise on what skimmer to go with.

    I have a 4ft tank that is 500mm wide and 500mm high. The sump is 1000mm-400m-400mm.

    Please correct if im wrong, but the skimmer needs to be rated for the total volume of both the sump and DT?

    Appreciate the help :)
     
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  3. Rossi

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    Always best to go with a skimmer rated double your water volume
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    A very WARM WELCOME to MASA, Tweedy. I would suggest to try and go for the BIGGEST skimmer you can afford. You can always still keep your skimmer, even if you upgrade your tank later on.

    A huge skimmer (that's rated for a LOT LOT more than the size tank you have), does assist with "safe guarding" you from any possible chemical imbalances that might occur during the time you have your tank. Especially when you are not home.

    Also - try and go for a skimmer with a pin-wheel, or needle-wheel impeller pump - as this will provide far better air breakup, than a skimmer with a "normal impeller" pump would....... meaning - far more efficient!
     
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    STC-1000 In Reefers Rehab

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    I agree with @jacquesb,however... U also need to take the simplest things into account and that is dedicated space for the skimmer in ur sump etc ..... And I wouldn't go for much more than double system volume,and yes, including sump volume .... I've always stuck to reef oct, there are many brands on the market but its also bout what suits your pocket, reef oct is not the best but can also become quite pricey, I would suggest a cone shape skimmer aswell for its efficiency to almost double skimmate output with same pump size ...... Good luck, keep us posted and pics aswell ;) oh and

    welcometomasa
     
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  6. Tweedy

    Tweedy Thread Starter

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    Awesome, thanks for helping out guys, will let you know when i have found a suitably priced one so you guys can rate it for me;)
     
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    Since this it probably the more important component of your setup i recommend chosing wisely. I have a 5ft now and my Reef Octopus 160XS skimms like a boss. But then my Skimz SM121 also does a decent job especially since its rated for a bit less.

    Come to think of it, I saw in a few shops that they now have DC Skimmers that are speed controllable. Saw one at LifeStyle Pet Hyper, these are also quite cost effective and since they are DC I can pretty much guarantee them to be far more silent than any AC skimmers.
     
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    Tweedy Thread Starter

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    Thank bud, appreciate the advise. The Reef Octopus 160XS looks really good, need to find one at a good price but if none found by the end of this year then will just get a new one.
    Thanks again.:thumbup:
     
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    Go ATI Skimmer :)

    ATI BM160i
     
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    irie ivan MASA Contributor

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    If you can afford an ATI, you wont look back for many years!!
     
  11. Tweedy

    Tweedy Thread Starter

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    Any idea of what its going for at the moment or stockist in Durban where i could find out?
     
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    TS1 or TS2 by far
     
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    irie ivan MASA Contributor

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    What is your budget for a skimmer?
     
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    I can offer you an Internal Bubble Blaster 3000 for R3500
    In excellent condition
     
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