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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:46 am Post subject: Which Protein Skimmer Reply with quote

 Hi  friends,
 
 I  am  looking  for  a  good  protein  skimmer  for  my  55G  marine  tank.  Both  internal  or  hang-on  models  are  OK  but  not  in-sump  (I  do  not  have  sump).  I  personally  prefer  hang-on  model  since  it  does  not  occupy  space  in  tank.
 
 I  am  ready  to  spend  up  to  10K  max.  However  my  problem  is  that  my  tank  has  3"  wide  stress  bars  on  top.  Also  there  is  a  wooden  hood.  Total  width  including  bars,  glass  and  hood  side  is  more  than  4"  (refer  image  below)
 
 http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/3077/20122007il5.jpg
 
 I  am  not  sure  which  model  could  fit  in  with  such  setup.  Members  from  UltimateReef  suggested  me  Deltec  MCE600  but  it  is  more  than  $400  and  I  suspect  it  is  not  available  in  India.
 
 Can  anybody  help  me..  please...
 
 Thanks
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:51 am Post subject: Re: Which Protein Skimmer Reply with quote

 Hi  Dolfin,
         I  dont  think  you  will  be  able  to  fit  a  HOB  skimmer  in  your  tank,  You  can  have  a  look  at  some  internal  skimmers.
 
 I  have  not  seen  any  good  skimmers  in  India,  You  may  need  to  get  it  from  somewhere  outside  India.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:44 am Post subject: Re: Which Protein Skimmer Reply with quote

 Hi  Dolfin
 
 Welcome  to  IAH.
 
 
                                                 
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I  dont  think  you  will  be  able  to  fit  a  HOB  skimmer  in  your  tank,  You  can  have  a  look  at  some  internal  skimmers.                  
100%  ture  until  you  remove  the  braces.
 
 The  best  suitable  skimmer  for  you  will  be  AZOO  Tri  Power  Skimmer  &  it  is  way  cheeper  than  your  budget.
 
 Internal  power  skimmer  /  turbo  skimmer:  A  turbo  skimmer  can  be  effectively  used  for  mid-sized  tanks  and  will  occupy  some  space  in  the  tank  (regarded  as  the  biggest  dis-advantage).  It  is  a  very  effective  skimmer  and  does  the  same  job  with  a  different  technique!  â€“  A  power  head  forces  water  to  rise  up  the  foam  chamber  (often  referred  to  as  reaction  chamber)  and  in  the  process  sucks  air  from  a  air-venturi  to  form  a  foam  column  in  the  chamber  â€“  the  slime  and  proteins  that  rise  up  the  column  is  collected  in  the  collecting-cup  above  the  skimmer  and  the  water  pumped  in  the  skimmer  by  the  power  head  gets  oxygenated  and  flows  back  into  the  tank  through  a  out-let  pipe.  This  design  is  very  effective  as  the  water  turn-over  rate  is  greatly  increased  â€“  The  turbo  skimmer  just  has  a  lot  of  â€˜speed  breakers’  which  further  break-up  the  air  bubbles  into  very  fine  foam  (similar  to  the  wooden  diffuser)  for  effective  skimming!
 
 Text  by  Nauzer  Kasad,  IAH  id  =  aquascapes

 
 Internal  Power  Skimmer  Image  :
 
 
 Turbo  Skimmer  Image  :
 
 
 Check  it  out  :  http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=3314
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 1:44 pm Post subject: Re: Which Protein Skimmer Reply with quote

 Thanks  Rajulk  /  DJ_Rocky,
 
 What  about  Aqua  Medic  Turboflotor  750  (ventury)  or  Midiflotor  (air  stone)?  Both  these  units  seems  to  have  some  attachment  for  stress  bar  setup.  But  they  are  about  24"  high,  same  that  of  my  tank  height.  Not  sure  what  is  cup  height  &  where  to  get  them  in  India.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:08 pm Post subject: Re: Which Protein Skimmer Reply with quote

 Hi  Dolfin  and  
 Welcome  to  IAH!!
 
 Please  update  your  location  in  your  profile  and  put  up  a  small  intoduction  in  the  new  members  forum.  This  way  you  can  reach  members  from  your  city  who  can  help  you  better.
 
 Now,  back  to  topic,  I  haven't  seen  Aquamedic  or  Deltec  in  India  so  far.
 What  you  do  get  is  Weipro  venturi  skimmers,  Red  Sea  skimmers  and  possibly  Dymax.
 This  is  in  Bangalore  though.  What  the  situation  is  in  your  location,  you  will  have  to  find  out  for  yourself.  Only  the  Weipros  are  in  your  price  range,  I  believe.  From  Rocky's  post  ,  Azoo  as  well.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:56 pm Post subject: Re: Which Protein Skimmer Reply with quote

 If  you  want  to  go  in  for  a  HOB  skimmer  I  would  say  that  I  have  seen  some  of  these  around  check  the  link  below:
 via  aqua  multi  skimmer
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 10:30 pm Post subject: Re: Which Protein Skimmer Reply with quote

 Hi  aquascapes,
 
 Via  Aqua  has  same  problem.  It  can  not  be  fit  with  stress  bar.  I've  been  searching  all  possible  skimmers  of  credible  manufacturers  (e.g  Deltec,  Euro  Reef,  Aqua  Medic  Red  Sea  etc)  on  the  web  since  2-3  months.  However  most  of  them  are  not  available  in  India.
 
 I  can  import  them  as  well  but  not  sure  if  they  would  fit  on  the  tank.  Only  Deltec  MCE600,  Turboflotor  750,  Midiflotor  and  Azoo  Tri  Power  has  some  possibility  to  attach  it  on  stress  bar  (at  least  shown  in  product  image)
 
 My  tank  is  based  on  Berlin  Filtration  System  (Live  Rock,  Protein  Skimmer  &  UG  Filter)  Hence  a  good  skimmer  is  must  to  keep  the  water  quality.
 
 There  is  one  dealer  in  Delhi  (Amity  Aquatech)  who  keep  Aqua  Medic  equipments.  Checked  with  him  today  but  he  was  not  able  to  provide  me  information  if  the  models  I  told  would  fit  with  stress  bar.  Finally  I  may  short  list  between  Aqua  Medic  or  Azoo  (not  a  comparison  but  still  something  is  better  than  nothing)
 
 Regards,
 Dolfin
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