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radekmz
07/02/2012, 04:39 PM
Seller says its 125 gallon skimmer. I'm new to setting up saltwater aquarium. This comes with a 75 gallon tank. Thank you.

tkeracer619
07/02/2012, 04:48 PM
Its a Coralife Super Skimmer 125.

They work ok but are not well liked on these forums for various reasons. Trusting it as a HOB is foolish as they are notorious for overflowing. Skimmers today are way better then they used to be and this one has never been updated to reflect those basic industry changes.

If it is in the budget I would consider an upgrade. A lot of us have those from before we knew better or like you received it with a package deal.

radekmz
07/02/2012, 05:04 PM
Tkeracer619,

Thank you for quick reply. It's this package for $200. Is this a good deal? Two bulbs are not working. 75 gallon glass tank.

TX..r33f
07/02/2012, 05:10 PM
It depends are you doing a fowlr tank or reef? that skimmer looks torn apart and if its a reef system no need for the canister filter. Reef systems do alot better with sumps. Also what brand is the light?

radekmz
07/02/2012, 05:16 PM
FOWLR, light is coralife 4 bulbs

TX..r33f
07/02/2012, 05:20 PM
The stand and tank looks nice and since its going to be a fowlr you dont need any specail lights. So i would say yes it a preety good deal.

tkeracer619
07/02/2012, 05:45 PM
If the seems are good and you are ok with the level of scratches then yes it is an ok deal. If either of those two conditions are not met then no it is not.

By bulbs not working... is it the bulbs or the fixture? Rotate the bulbs around and see. If its a ballast issue that is going to set you back another $30-50 and should be considered in your offer. Personally I would offer $175 as is and $150 if its a ballast. I don't think those are low ball figures either.

Stands are easy to make and used t5 lighting can be had cheap. You should choose what you want long term, pick a tank size, then work on sourcing the equipment. For a 75g $200 is not that bad but you should consider that you will probably not be using the canister or skimmer long term.

Remember, the tank is the cheapest part. You will soon forget how much it cost. If you went out and spent 500 on a new tank and stand it really wouldn't make a dent in the final cost. Rock alone is going to cost more.

radekmz
07/02/2012, 06:34 PM
Thank you all for replies. They did help a ton!
What do you all think about this set?

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/for/3113781199.html

tkeracer619
07/02/2012, 07:02 PM
What is your budget (short and long term) and your realistic goals? What fish do you want?

radekmz
07/02/2012, 07:16 PM
Tkeracer,

I want to start with FOWLR between 55 and 80 gallon. I know with a size like this I can put roughly 5 fishes of smal to med size -- 1 tang/some clowns would be nice. I will want to upgrade to reef tank down the road, hence the reason for 80 gallon tank. Reef tank is not for few years, at least. My budget to start now is $800.

tkeracer619
07/02/2012, 08:26 PM
You have a pretty active reef club in your area. $800 will go a long way if you take your time and get help from local reefers.
http://reefcentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=180&order=desc

Check them out and maybe make a post there saying what you are looking for. You can probably score something really nice there if you keep you eye out.

I think the second one is the better one but I am cautious of the stand and the light is overkill for a fowlr.

This one might be a better choice but it has pc bulbs... which are fine for FO but are starting to get expensive and need replacing often.
http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/for/3109951579.html

radekmz
07/03/2012, 07:44 AM
Thank you all for input.

allsps40
07/03/2012, 08:18 AM
It actually looks too small to be a SS125 looks like a SS65 but it is hard to tell.

Landsailor
07/03/2012, 04:19 PM
That skimmer is probably a big reason why he's selling the tank.