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aj0716
07/28/2008, 06:54 PM
What's the best skimmer for a 75 gallon aquarium (around 100 with sump), for under $500. (I plan on keeping only a few fish, along with some soft, lps, and someday even sps coral.)

calli
07/28/2008, 08:06 PM
HOLY SMOKES 500.00 you have A LOT of options with that price...

I hear Tunze DOC Skimmer 9005 or 9010.. 9005 is fine for your tank forsure but only 300 or less.. you could get the 9010 for 400 less..

NealNano
07/28/2008, 08:10 PM
Reef Octopus, ASM, Deltec, Euro Reef all very good skimmers in your price range.

tpenn187
07/28/2008, 08:20 PM
msx 160, or octo extreme 160. for the money these are great, and have a really small foot print. they should easily handle a 100 gal tank. there really is no "best" skimmer, it is all opinion. if you really want to spend most of your budget look into deltec skimmers, they are built solid and work great. H&S skimmers are good ones too but i would not know which models to look into.

aj0716
07/28/2008, 08:36 PM
How about the octopus DNW-110 (it's rated for a 125g tank, for only $238) I have seen other threads where people did mods to their skimmers. What could I do for this one?

BrokeColoReefer
07/28/2008, 08:56 PM
if you have a $500 budget, then do not buy a skimmer that you need to mod. Buy a skimmer rated for 2-3 times the skimmer rating, so in your case, 200-300 gallon skimmer.

aj0716
07/28/2008, 09:28 PM
So, would the octopus dnw-200 (rated for 300gallon) would work fine, right?

BrokeColoReefer
07/28/2008, 09:35 PM
aquacave rates its at 400 gallons, but sure, it looks like a sweet well built skimmer. Dont forget you need a feed pump.

aj0716
07/28/2008, 09:35 PM
Also, would two tunze 6060 (1,500 gph each) provide enough current for a 48" x 18" x 20" aquarium? Or would I have to go with the 6080's?

aj0716
07/28/2008, 09:36 PM
Thanks for the quick response. What pump would work best for the skimmer?

calli
07/28/2008, 09:38 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13042555#post13042555 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by aj0716
Also, would two tunze 6060 (1,500 gph each) provide enough current for a 48" x 18" x 20" aquarium? Or would I have to go with the 6080's?

Try korilias.. check em' out really good reviews and GREAT price.

BrokeColoReefer
07/28/2008, 09:39 PM
the rule of thumb is 1-1.5 times your water volume. mag drive pumps make great utility pumps, i would put a mag 2 on it.

BrokeColoReefer
07/28/2008, 09:43 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13042555#post13042555 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by aj0716
Also, would two tunze 6060 (1,500 gph each) provide enough current for a 48" x 18" x 20" aquarium? Or would I have to go with the 6080's?

depends on the substrate and what you are keeping.
fine sand and softies 6060. coarse sand and sps (or bare bottom) 6080. Personally if you had the budget i would get the controllable 6101 and the controller. Makes for great random action and you can dial it in to your needs as your tank changes.

limitdown
07/28/2008, 10:03 PM
For $500 you can get an ATI bubble master 160

kingnai
07/28/2008, 10:19 PM
For $500 forget the skimmer... get chuck norris to beat the crap out of your tank

aj0716
07/29/2008, 10:26 AM
Thanks for the help, everyone.