View Full Version : In Need of a Protein Skimmer

03/07/2011, 12:49 AM
Hey everyone,

My name is Josh, and I've been reading on here for quite some time, but I'm finally getting around to posting. Here's my story:

My wonderful wife got me a 54 corner reef-ready with the stand for Christmas. This is my first venture into the salty side of the hobby. I've had it up and running for over 2 months now, with 3 fish (added 2 weeks ago), but no corals. I purchased the Aqueon Pro-flex model 1 sump, which is made specifically for the 54 corner, and am running a fuge. Limited space has my hands tied as far as protein skimmer options. Aqueon recommends Coralife 65 skimmer to be used externally, but I know enough to know that unit is nothing more than a plastic turd. I want a good skimmer IN MY SUMP.

The sump is a 3 chamber, with the 1st being the overflow from tank. The second chamber is my current fuge. It measures 9 3/4 x 4 3/4. The third chamber is the return, measuring 9 3/4 x 6 1/4.

The user VtheMaestro came up with a clever solution, but his sump is a model 2, and considerably bigger.

Thank you in advance for your recommendations!


03/07/2011, 01:23 AM
your better running carbon than Coralife skimmer.

Do you have room for an external skimmer?

03/07/2011, 05:17 AM
I have had a superskimmer 65. And while yes, its not a great skimmer, it is an ok skimmer if you do some tinkering with it. Fishing line on the needlewheel impeller gives better bubbles, a gate valve on the output allows for finer tuning of the levels in the skimmer. And you could even mod a recirc if you have the patience!

03/07/2011, 09:55 AM
a swc 120 cone would fit in the 3rd chamber

03/07/2011, 10:32 AM
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Using it in the return wouldnt be the best. Unless you have an ATO.

Really where you have your fuge would be the best but its too small. Return looks like your only option.

I agree the SWC 120 would work perfectly as long as you have an ato and the water depth is 5-8 inches. Will be a tight fit with your return pump in there.....

03/07/2011, 10:51 AM
I've ran an SWC120 in my 54 gallon system with poor results (just my experience). I have yet to see truely consistant good reviews on them. They are small and very,very quiet though and for your bio load it may work. What are your demensions in the first (drain) chamber? If you had room, the Tunze 9011 would be the best bet. Proven performer & it will fit!.

Does the Aqueon sump have an accessible drain chamber or is it dedicated for the drain socks?

The first chamber for the raw water is the best for skimming but if you have to use the other two then the fuge area is the next best. I would'nt recommend the return chamber unless you must use it.

03/07/2011, 11:11 AM
another vote for an SWC. I have the 150 and it does a great job!

03/16/2011, 05:48 PM
The first, drain chamber is dedicated for the drain socks.

03/16/2011, 06:11 PM
If you put a skimmer in your return chamber you will get micro bubbles in your display.

03/16/2011, 07:49 PM
On my 54 corner, I tried the Aqueon Proflex 1. Seemed like a great idea, and it fit nice in the stand. Not many options for a 18-20" sumps out there. Well, it did not work out as well as I had wanted. Fuge area is way too small, and really no proper spot for a skimmer. The overflow chamber/ sock area takes up way too much room in the sump. The Tunze 9010 wont fit. The cup will hit the dividers. The 9002 will fit but is too small for a 54G. No skimmer that I have found will fit that is good for a 54G.
In the end, I got rid of the proflex. I now run an Eshopps model 75 reef sump, and I love it under the 54 corner. It is slightly smaller than the proflex 1, but the workable space inside the sump is huge. Much better sump imho. The skimmer comp. is approx 9.5 x 10.5. Nice sock holder, seperate pump compartment, and a divider with bubble trap sponge. It a much easier sump to work with. You can find it at most places for $129.
I feel you pain with the proflex 1, and in the end I decided to throw in the towel and move on. I now have a sump I can work with. The Eshopps is about the only other sump available that will fit a 54 corner, unless you make one yourself.
Hope this helps,

03/19/2011, 03:55 PM
Wow. Thank you so much Herbie. I was slowly starting to realize that nothing was going to work. Oh well. So, the overall size of the Eshopps is smaller, but there are only 2 compartments? Are you running a Protein skimmer and fuge in the same compartment, and if so, how is that working?