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protein skimmer recomendations

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ninjazx777, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. ninjazx777 Experienced Reefkeeper

    Des Moines, IA
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    i am looking into buying a new skimmer because the volume of my setup keeps increasing[​IMG] basically right now I estimate total water volume minus rocks to be around 350-400 gallons between my 2 tanks, sump and fuge eventually it will be around  550 gal when i add my frag tank and my upstairs tank. right now I have a clone (copy) of a mrc3 powered by a mag 18.  the skimmers i am looking at are a octopus triple 300 tdnw-300 or a mrc-3r recirculating.  just wanted to get some oppinions on them
    thanks
    matt
     
  2. adampottebaum

    adampottebaum Experienced Reefkeeper GIRS Member

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    With that water volume why not invest into a DIY 55 gallon garbage can skimmer! haha
     
  3. adampottebaum

    adampottebaum Experienced Reefkeeper GIRS Member

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    I know it sounds like a joke but it's actually practical...
     
  4. vikubz Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    Maybe diy is the way to go. I've gotten excellent results from a 6 inch pvc skimmer with a rio 1700 pump. It pulls some remarkable smelling stuff, and not in a good way. I've seen a 5 gallon beckett skimmer on RC that was doing great for the user. My experience suggests that the amount of water and volume of air you're moving are more important than what sort of acrylic tube you use.

    Mark
     
  5. slovan

    slovan Experienced Reefkeeper

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    What types of corals are you keeping and what is your budget? Personally I like efficient needlewheel skimmers that are quiet.
     
  6. B-Rad

    B-Rad Inactive User

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    If your looking to do a DIY, PM me I maybe able to save you some money, and still get a great skimmer.

    This was my last DIY skimmer.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. ninjazx777 Experienced Reefkeeper

    Des Moines, IA
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    I plan on keeping a mix of corals between all my tanks. currently I have a 125 fish only agressive a 300 gal reef with a mixof corals, 30 gal frag tank, 100 gal refuge and a 50 gal sump and I plan on adding a 75 gal sps only when i get my upstairs remodeled. so after you minus the rock,  the fuge is only 3/4 full and the sump maybe a little over half full so I estimate total water volume right now 400-450 and eventually 500-550. I dont want to spend more then $900 total. has to look nice because it will be seen since it will be to big to fit under my stand. max demensions would be 20" x 20" foot print and 40" tall.
     
    thanks
    matt
     
  8. ninjazx777 Experienced Reefkeeper

    Des Moines, IA
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    b rad that skimmer looks nice is it a down draft or a needle wheel type
     
  9. B-Rad

    B-Rad Inactive User

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    This is a recirculating n/w, It is gravity fed from the main tank.
     
  10. ninjazx777 Experienced Reefkeeper

    Des Moines, IA
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    how much would we be talking about to hve you build me one for my tank. needs to be able to handle a minimum 600gal system, max size 20x20x40
    matt
     
  11. B-Rad

    B-Rad Inactive User

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    Matt PM sent!
     
  12. Eric Experienced Reefkeeper

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    Posted By ninjazx777 on 06/03/2009 07:46 PM
    i am looking into buying a new skimmer because the volume of my setup keeps increasing[​IMG]
    Based on 550g, the ETSS 1000 would most likely be the skimmer for you, problem is the height:






    [size=2>Patented Downdraft™ Technology Skimmer


    Patented Downdraft™ Technology Skimmer


    Specifications[/b]


    Specifications[/b]




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    [size=1 face="Arial Rounded MT Bold"]
    Clear version of ETSS 1000 shows downdraft mixing & skimming action.
    Note water level about 1" below the base's top
    You also see the 1/2" PVC drain line vent pipe installed with a tee.
    [/size=1 face]

    [​IMG]


    Anniversary Model, Clear ETSS 1000 version
    [size=2>This foaming action is typical of all ETSS 600 and up models.
    [b]This is the top skimmer for experienced aquarists with large tanks. [/b]


    This foaming action is typical of all ETSS 600 and up models.
    This is the top skimmer for experienced aquarists with large tanks.


    *ETSS Downdraft Skimmers US Patent # 5554280[/I]
    I first saw these skimmers @ Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.  They were initially designed for commecrical applications but have been scaled down for consumers...their site show the 17 public aquariums that they filter  http://superskimmer.com/Public%20Aquariums.htm[/size=1>*ETSS Downdraft Skimmers US Patent # 5554280[/I]



    I first saw these skimmers @ Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.  They were initially designed for commecrical applications but have been scaled down for consumers...their site show the 17 public aquariums that they filter 
    http://superskimmer.com/index.htm

    Just my thoughts...good luck with your research!
    -Eric
     
  13. ninjazx777 Experienced Reefkeeper

    Des Moines, IA
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    thanks for the info. I am actually going to be running four tanks off this system a 125 flowlr, 300 gal reef( with sps, softies, and lps), 55 gal frag tank, and a 75 gal sps only tank. I am leaning towards the octopus skimmer or a custom by b-rad if he comes up with something good
     
  14. einsteins

    einsteins Experienced Reefkeeper

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    I have a Warner Marine AR200 external that could handle that load easily...

    Retail is 1099.00 I am selling it for 650.00 Firm.
    It is only 6 months old and in Amazing Mint condition.
    [​IMG]


    Bill
     

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