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IowaReefer
06/08/2016, 07:13 PM
Hi All

I recently replaced my AquaC Remora HOB Skimmer on my 60 cube with a new Reef Octopus BH1000. I have a 15 gallon column that I am housing my 12 year old maroon clown in due to its propensity for murder. Would putting the remora on that tank be worth the clutter, electricity, heat, ect? I used to run one on a 20 gal, but it had several fish. Thanks!

Johnv281
06/09/2016, 12:23 AM
12 YO...Wow!!! How big is the pump? Is the skimmer set it and forget it or you have to tweak it everyday to get the rt amount of skimmate ?

IowaReefer
06/09/2016, 05:33 AM
Maxi Jet 1200 pump. Pretty set and forget, never pulls a ton of skimmate.

toothybugs
06/09/2016, 05:39 AM
If nothing else it will oxygenate your water nicely. Columns have lower surface area so gas transfer is lessened. Make sure you give your clown a couple good rocks to break down ammonia.

IowaReefer
06/09/2016, 07:53 AM
Good point on the lower surface area to volume ratio, I had not thought of that. I have a couple pieces of Tonga branch in there, but will add more whenever I can find it for under $100/lb (slightly exaggerated).

enb141
06/10/2016, 03:29 PM
I had a remora aqua C on a 20 gallon tank, but I had to replace it because it warmed up the water of my tank so in a 15 gallon tank it will warm up the water even more so no, if I were you I would go for a Reef Octopus Classic 90 HOB skimmer on your 15 gallon tank.

SeattleReefer
06/10/2016, 05:14 PM
i see no point to a skimmer on a small tank. Water changes are easy, effective, and cheap on a 15 gallon.

enb141
06/10/2016, 07:39 PM
i see no point to a skimmer on a small tank. Water changes are easy, effective, and cheap on a 15 gallon.

I thought the same with my 20 gallon tank but no way to get low nitrates without an skimmer, after adding a skimmer to my 20 gallon tank I saw my corals getting colors in just a few days.