Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 1:54 pm Post subject: Re: Skimmer choice
@Gatorx, Thanks for the suggetion, Actually first i planned for NWB150. But due to some accidental case some money was spend. Now due to low budget i cant afford that skimmer right now. Advice me some cheaper version.
@Jit, right now i am not in a position to afford 1xxxx - 15xxx for skimmer. i am looking for some economical skimmer now, i will upgrade it after a year or so.
Is it possible to go for skimmerless right now with keeping bio-load low & increase water change schedule?
Tank-48"*24"*24" , 120gallon
Sump+Refugiem- 36*18*18 50gallon
Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 7:24 pm Post subject: Re: Skimmer choice
Thanks Nonza for your inputs, I planned for Reef octopus NWB 200 after a year or so.
If Via aqua sk 388 needle wheel skimmer(rated for 250gallon) or other cheap skimmer are waste of money then i would like to go skimmerless now.
Regarding low bio loads, total of 30" fish length is ok? or, should i keep less?
WC schedule - 15% every two week? or, more?
Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 11:18 am Post subject: Re: Skimmer choice
@Nonza, Yes, you are right. i had a plan for softies & LPS tank in future. I yet not decided about the stocking list. but had a plan for 1 or 2 clowns, goby, blenny ,gramma, banana, wrasse, regal tang & possibly a wimple fish. Any new idea about stocking list would be also welcome.
@anilme, i build my refugium for nutrient export & pod production. So, cheato is my 1st choice. Will one 36watt pll enough for cheato growth? Which boyu skimmer model you are using in your system? Are you satisfied with that skimmer? Tell us about your stocking list. so that i can get some idea.
Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 11:56 am Post subject: Re: Skimmer choice
@ Arnab: Your stocking plan is quite good. However, I'm not sure I'd go with the banana and the wimple (may not be reef safe, but I've never kept either). You could substitute the banana for a flasher/fairy wrasse/leopard wrasse. You could also add maybe chromis, cardinals etc.
It does not work like a 10K+ skimmer, but I am happy with it. It takes almost one month to fill the collection cup with skimmate (wet skimming); nutrients are less for skimming, seen by the growth of chaeto.
I was initially using a 20W 6500K CFL and it too worked fine; the chaeto growth was nice.
My livestock is - 1 yellow tang, 1 fox face, 1 maroon clown, 2 sebae clowns, 2 chromis, 1 mandarin,2 anthias , 2 cleaner shrimps.
Turn the chaeto everyday so that all the sides get enough light.
One of my friend has a reef with a small weipro skimmer just for name sake, but got almost 90 kgs of LR's with no sump. All parms are always in check; he has got a monti almost 2 feet in diameter and growing. The matured LR's take care of nitrates.
It's not always necessary to go with a very expensive skimmer if you have enough LR's or macro's.
Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 4:31 pm Post subject: Re: Skimmer choice
I don't mean to be rude, but as you've said yourself, it doesn't work like a 10k+ skimmer. That's precisely why arnab would be better off going skimmerless, until he can purchase a good skimmer. No point wasting money. The rest of your explanation in going skimmerless is perfectly accurate and informative. Arnab would do well to follow your advice.
I've owned about 6 skimmers on different tanks, excluding the local rubbish available. It makes a difference.
Why would one even require a skimmer? You don't. However, having a skimmer increases your capacity for nutrient export, thereby allowing you keep more fish, feed to a larger extent, less algae trouble etc.
Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 5:42 pm Post subject: Re: Skimmer choice
@anilme, you have some nice fish collection there. Please post some snaps of your tank. so that we can see those beauties.
Regarding skimmer: If a skimmer cup filled(wet skimmate not dry) once in a month with that much of bio-load then spending 4xxx-5xxx is just waste of hard earned money. May be every people have different plan & thoughts, but i feel personally to go without a skimmer rather then spending 5xxx for skimmer and not geting desired result.
@Nonza, I know banana wrasse & wimple fish are not reef safe, but my tank become a FOWLR. so i have decide to go with those fish now & later will be replace with some reef compatiable fish.
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