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chris1985
09/19/2017, 03:00 AM
Hi I was wondering if any1 could point me in the right direction I have a 5ft tank roughly 300litres been running for 5 weeks no live stock yet, 31kg of live rock 50lbs of live sand the tank is fully cycled 0 ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate and 0.1 phosphates as the title says no sump but am running a 2000lph canister containing phosex ultra bionitratex and some filter floss (changed weekly) and also a uv steriliser my problem is where to put a skimmer that isn't an eye sore the tank is currently 2inchs from the wall so HOB skimmer won't fit il add a pic so u all can see, any replys I'll be grateful for cheershttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170919/11129199090ee85d0e9a87b1aad21532.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170919/85576dd54141f4d84d31b8dd9d9d12b7.jpg

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mcgyvr
09/19/2017, 04:32 AM
You have 3 faces of the tank left.. pick one..
I'd suggest you avoid the front face...
Now you have 2 faces of the tank left.. ;)

or don't run a skimmer..

RobZilla04
09/19/2017, 05:34 AM
Don't run a skimmer. Keep up with frequent water changes, especially early on, as you add livestock and the system increases in bio load. As you get down the road you can adjust the frequency of water changes.

derektedrow
09/19/2017, 11:27 AM
Not running a skimmer sounds like a lot more work in the end. If it were me I would drain the water down until I could safely move the stand and tank out from the wall a few more inches and then put the skimmer on the back.

RobZilla04
09/19/2017, 12:29 PM
Not running a skimmer sounds like a lot more work in the end. If it were me I would drain the water down until I could safely move the stand and tank out from the wall a few more inches and then put the skimmer on the back.

Many successful reef tanks don't have skimmers. If the bio load is relatively low the filtration can handle removing what the skimmer would.

James404
09/19/2017, 01:53 PM
I would look into running at least a small sump. I'm assuming your doing manual top off now? Running a sump you can run a skimmer, get your heater out of your DT and run an ATO.

derektedrow
09/19/2017, 02:16 PM
Many successful reef tanks don't have skimmers. If the bio load is relatively low the filtration can handle removing what the skimmer would.
Why limit yourself on livestock if you don't have to? Why not keep that option available? Going skimmerless you either limit yourself on livestock or are committing to doing a lot of extra work by doing much more frequent water changes. Why not do just a little more work now by moving the stand out from the wall and giving yourself the option of having more livestock down the road?

derektedrow
09/19/2017, 02:18 PM
I would look into running at least a small sump. I'm assuming your doing manual top off now? Running a sump you can run a skimmer, get your heater out of your DT and run an ATO.
Couldn't agree more. Sump is ideal way to go. If you are worried about eye sores this is the route to go.