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    oh c'mon Cody he needs something like this.. or maybe that was me...



    credit: reefbuilders, https://reefbuilders.com/2009/09/01/...rial-skimmers/
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveb View Post
    oh c'mon Cody he needs something like this.. or maybe that was me...



    credit: reefbuilders, https://reefbuilders.com/2009/09/01/...rial-skimmers/
    Ummm yea def let me just get a 2000 breeder! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luman01 View Post
    Ummm yea def let me just get a 2000 breeder! lol
    Haha the entire gulf coast has less skimming capacity than that skimmer.

    Fun trivia quiz, where does the concept of foam fractioning (protein skimming) have its roots in nature? Hint, the phenomenon happens at the place I mentioned in my last sentence
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    Another thing that's nuts about skimmers is the one that I linked (which is now $200 And hasn't changed in design one bit) was about $120 maybe five years ago. That's a 66.66% increase over five years.
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    Check this out...decent reviews, will not break your budget:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Innovative-...9idZ83Jq:love:

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    Quote Originally Posted by phhoth View Post
    Check this out...decent reviews, will not break your budget:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Innovative-...9idZ83Jq:love:
    I'm a huge fan of square chamber skimmers. They have a 27.3% increase in water volume for the same foot print. Much more efficient than a circular body.

    The reason companies use a circular body is that a tube is quicker/cheaper to produce by machine, won't have any bubbled seams, and they veiled it as "less turbulent". If the flow through the chamber was exceptionally higher than any flow rate in a skimmer that we might encounter, then yeah, there might be the potential for some trouble. It's just not the case for our application. Or maybe the companies just got caught up in their own marketing and never stopped to question it. Who knows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phhoth View Post
    Check this out...decent reviews, will not break your budget:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Innovative-...9idZ83Jq:love:
    wow 60$ i may just run this cause its soo cheap lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luman01 View Post
    I like the skimmer, it has the visual appeal and seems from what y’all say seems pretty good, but the 300$ price mark is what’s holding me from buying it. Really looking for a skimmer under 200$. What do y’all think about the eshopps Axium 4th gen? Seem to have pretty good features, still on the high end for me price wise. But still would I be do able for me.
    If you can wait until Reef Currents you might be able score one cheap from the CoralVue guys. That's where I picked up mine for only $165. So chances are you might get lucky like I did.

    As a point of reference I ran my heavily stocked 40g sumpless for nearly two years off a Fluval 306 canister with the most gheto light setup you could imagine and it absolutely thrived. I ran a mix of ChemiPure Blue and Purigen in it the entire time. Two Purigen pouches and two 11oz pouches of ChemiPure in the top tray of the filter. I had two extra freshly regenerated pouches of Purigen ready to go and would replace the ChemiPure pouches every month. The middle and bottom trays held ceramic BioHome Ultimate media and filter floss. My point is for a 40g and below, you don't absolutely need a skimmer. Not right away that is. If you get a decently cheap media reactor like this one. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 you can fill it with the various media and let it run. I am running this little guy on my 75 and it works amazingly well for the price.

    Fill it with good quality carbon and place a couple Purigen pouches in it, then get a couple Chemipure pouches and put them in say the bubble trap of the sump before your return pump. The combination of this media will pull out an amazing level of organics and keep the water crystal clear. You will be good to go until you can get the skimmer you absolutely want instead of going for one you may not be happy with long term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PorpoiseHork View Post
    If you can wait until Reef Currents you might be able score one cheap from the CoralVue guys. That's where I picked up mine for only $165. So chances are you might get lucky like I did.

    As a point of reference I ran my heavily stocked 40g sumpless for nearly two years off a Fluval 306 canister with the most gheto light setup you could imagine and it absolutely thrived. I ran a mix of ChemiPure Blue and Purigen in it the entire time. Two Purigen pouches and two 11oz pouches of ChemiPure in the top tray of the filter. I had two extra freshly regenerated pouches of Purigen ready to go and would replace the ChemiPure pouches every month. The middle and bottom trays held ceramic BioHome Ultimate media and filter floss. My point is for a 40g and below, you don't absolutely need a skimmer. Not right away that is. If you get a decently cheap media reactor like this one. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 you can fill it with the various media and let it run. I am running this little guy on my 75 and it works amazingly well for the price.

    Fill it with good quality carbon and place a couple Purigen pouches in it, then get a couple Chemipure pouches and put them in say the bubble trap of the sump before your return pump. The combination of this media will pull out an amazing level of organics and keep the water crystal clear. You will be good to go until you can get the skimmer you absolutely want instead of going for one you may not be happy with long term.
    reef currents is a long time, I’m trying to have the tank cycled by mid November at the latest, I’m actually may be going with the reef Octopus 110 int , now I may upgrade to that by then, I may not even run any reactors I don’t see a need to unless I really need that much chemical filtration.


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