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fishfreak2407
04/03/2006, 08:00 AM
If you had to choose on a 16 gall bow front would you run a ac 500 refuge with lr/ls OR a protien smimmer???thnx for your help:)

sm fragman
04/03/2006, 09:17 AM
is you main tank going to be the 16 gallon bow front ,,or is that what you will be using for the refug? if that is going to be the tank for the fug then go wiht a little bit bigger skimmer ,,if that tank will be your main tank no skimmer needed

fishfreak2407
04/03/2006, 09:19 AM
and would lr/ls ONLY... .....be of any benefit?? if I can reap some fuge benefits with out the light that would be cool. anyway thnx for ANY input:)

fishfreak2407
04/03/2006, 09:22 AM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=7100804#post7100804 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by sm fragman
is you main tank going to be the 16 gallon bow front ,,or is that what you will be using for the refug? if that is going to be the tank for the fug then go wiht a little bit bigger skimmer ,,if that tank will be your main tank no skimmer needed

no :p the main tank is the 16gall......o.k so thats one for NO skimmer, so fuge and water changes??

Mr James
04/03/2006, 10:05 AM
I guess I would do a skimmer. I had an MR-1 run by a Mag 12 on a 20H (H=high) for about a year or so. I did not do a fuge because of space constraints. But my 20H was an SPS dominated tank with maybe 2 fish and it needed the potent skimming due to heavy feeding. What do you plan to keep in this 16g??

sm fragman
04/03/2006, 10:27 AM
if you are setting up a 16 gallon tank then non of the above protien skimmer or refug are needed just do small weekely water chanches ,,at 16 gallons if you do a 2-4 gallon water change a week there is no need to spend the extra money ,,i personaly would start off wiht 2 gallon water changes weekely and test from there you will lern what you tank needs are after a month or so ,,

sm fragman
04/03/2006, 10:29 AM
sorry for got my main piont ,,the object here is to keep things as simple as possible ,,the fewer gajets you use the better ,,just my 2cents ,,

fishfreak2407
04/03/2006, 11:15 AM
so the benifis of a ps or refuge, are replaced with weekly water changes.......and the addition of the ps or refuge could just prolong the need for weekly water changes?and the reason I even ask about one or the other is because of space restraints.

sm fragman
04/03/2006, 01:45 PM
nothing takes the place of weekely water changes ,,they replace vital elements in the tank ,,a fug or protien skimmer just aid in the removal of organics,,and in a small tank like a 16 gallon the water change will be much more benifiting for you and more coast affective ,,save the money so when you get a bigger tank you then have the funds to get the right skimmer ,,

fishfreak2407
04/03/2006, 03:30 PM
thnx for everyones help:)