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JustAHobbiest
12/11/2016, 03:32 PM
Im starting a 29g saltwater clowns, bubble tip tank. Need a skimmer that is HoB. Is there such tbing as to bug of a skimmer? i feel like i can get ine rated for 30g for 115$ or one rated for 180 for 170$

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Vinny Kreyling
12/11/2016, 05:56 PM
Yes a skimmer can be over sized, mainly the diameter of the cylinder.
This produces inconsistent skimming or on & off skimming.

JustAHobbiest
12/11/2016, 06:04 PM
so what skimmer do you recommend for my 29 gal?

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Timfish
12/12/2016, 06:09 AM
Yes, you definitely can go too big and don't feel you need a skimmer. I've been skimmerless (http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2601390) for a very long time. I would also recommend a series of research papers looking at what skimmers, GAC and TOC in aquaria: (Some of the discussion about creating the study models and math is over my head and I skip through to the actual experiments and data collected.)

Bacterial Counts in Reef Aquarium Water
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2011/3/aafeature

Granular Activated Carbon Pt 1
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2008/1/aafeature1

Granular Activated Carbon Pt 2
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2008/2/aafeature1

Total Organic Carbon Pt 1
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2008/8/aafeature3

Total Organic Carbon Pt 2
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2008/9/aafeature2

Protein Skimmer Performance, Pt 1
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2009/1/aafeature2

Protein Skimmer Performance, Pt 2
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2010/1/aafeature

Skimmate Analysis
http://www.advancedaquarist.com/2010/2/aafeature