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deaclauderdale
09/20/2017, 04:05 PM
Looking to get a new skimmer for my 70 gal Cadlights system with 30 gallon sump. Skimmer section measures 11x7. What skimmer would you recommend?


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mcgyvr
09/21/2017, 04:40 AM
I've been very happy with a bubble magus curve 5 on my 80G tank..
But I think its right at the 7" mark.. so I'm not sure how accurate your measurement is or not.. If its more than 7 it should work

RobZilla04
09/21/2017, 06:17 AM
Ditto on the BM Curve 5. Mine is placed diagonal in the center sump section and it works like a charm.

Based on your sig are you looking to switch from a Curve 5 to something else?

mcgyvr
09/21/2017, 07:46 AM
Based on your sig are you looking to switch from a Curve 5 to something else?

oh..Just saw that when you mentioned it.. :hmm2:

No point in switching if you already have one..
Maybe they just updated their sig?

deaclauderdale
09/21/2017, 08:02 AM
Yes looking to switch my Curve5 out.


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mcgyvr
09/21/2017, 08:03 AM
Yes looking to switch my Curve5 out.



Why?
Knowing might help us make better suggestions?

But the curve 5 performs just as well as any skimmer so don't expect a new one to make any difference really..

deaclauderdale
09/21/2017, 08:18 AM
It's underperforming just a bit with my stocking levels, and I'm hoping to find a skimmer small enough to fit that will allow for a automatic neck cleaner to fit as well.


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RobZilla04
09/21/2017, 09:57 AM
It's underperforming just a bit with my stocking levels, and I'm hoping to find a skimmer small enough to fit that will allow for a automatic neck cleaner to fit as well.


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The underperformance could be due to the height. I suggest trying to adjust the height up or down 1/2"-3/4" to see if the results get better. Also don't focus on the skimmate as a measure of performance. Use water clarity and test results.

What setting # are you on?

Another suggestion, carbon dosing. Add a carbon dosing regiment to see if performance improves. Simply going from say a Curve 5 to a Curve 7 (or comparable) isn't going to produce better results per se.