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    Skimmer reccomendations for my 40 breeder build?

    So I’m having trouble deciding on a skimmer, today 10-7-18 I picked up a trigger system sump brand new for a price I couldn’t walk away from. So really the next equipment next on the list are the skimmer and return pump. Return pump is easy just gonna go with a jebao. But as for skimmer I have no clue!

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    8.5x10 in the water level is adjustable from 7” to 9.5”

    anyone can reccomend a good skimmer?

    Also would like to keep the cost down as low as possible.
    Thank you!

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    This would be a beast on the 40/B. I like these new models.

    https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/essence-s-130-internal-protein-skimmer-reef-octopus.html

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    Congrats on winning the 40B tank Luman01! Good luck with the setup.
    I don’t clean my skimmer every day, but when I do,... I clean it bare-handed.
    (ma-tee-yes)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matyas View Post
    Congrats on winning the 40B tank Luman01! Good luck with the setup.
    thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reefahholic View Post
    This would be a beast on the 40/B. I like these new models.

    https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/essence-s-130-internal-protein-skimmer-reef-octopus.html
    They make great skimmers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Reefahholic View Post
    This would be a beast on the 40/B. I like these new models.

    https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/essence-s-130-internal-protein-skimmer-reef-octopus.html

    I have this skimmer on my 75g running a moderate bio-load and love it. It's an absolute beast of a skimmer. It's nearly silent and very easy to service. The noise level is about the same as my eFlux 6010 running at 40%. Micro-bubbles are minimal after the break-in period which takes about a week +/-. The needle wheel impeller with the venturi attachment creates a ton of micro bubbles that actively swirl in the skimmer greatly increasing dwell time before reaching the neck for extraction into the cup. The drain port provided as it makes it super easy to prevent overflows by connecting to an external collection cup when doing something that causes the skimmer to go crazy. The numbered adjustment knob makes resetting the skimmer after cleaning or moving from a wet to dry skim super simple, and with its ability to rotate around means you can position the skimmer in nearly any orientation in your sump that you want.

    This skimmer is definitely worth every penny.
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    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.

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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.
    I’d go with the X-120. Looks like it would be perfect for a 40/B. Good looking skimmer!

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    It has good reviews. The only thing I see from the reviews it is a little noisy. Looks like you good put a rubber pad underneath to quieten the noise


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    https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/reef-...n-skimmer.html


    i wouldn’t use a skimmer with a bigger neck diameter than this skimmer. In my experience, it is worse to oversized a skimmer (particularly, the diameter of the neck) than it is to undersize a skimmer. If the neck is too large then the bioload won’t be able to produce enough waste to push up over into the cup. It will be elevated to the top of the neck where it will stagnate then proceed to restrict other waste from overflowing into the cup. If you undersize a skimmer, yes you might might leave a little waste in the water that could have otherwise been pulled out, but at the end of the day, a skimmer working perfectly can only pull out maybe 30% of the funk floating around in your water anyway. At least with a slightly undersized skimmer (neck diameter) pure getting a lot more of the potential of the skimmer.

    Annecdotaly, I use the exact same pump and neck diameter of the one that I linked. This is both smaller in pump and smaller in neck design than most of these recommended. When I used it on my 40 breeder with a very high bioload, I got great results. When I switched it to my 60 gallon with an even bigger bioload, the results were noticeably better. Point being, the pump and neck diameter were more better aligned with a higher bioload than the application I was using it for. A persona rule is to find the lowest water volume that the skimmer is rated for, reduce it 15-20% and that’s probably where you want to be.
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