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I moved back to Oregon about a year ago and I'm preparing to get back into the aquarium hobby and make the jump from fresh to saltwater, most of my experiences come from south American and African cichlids. Next payday ill be purchasing a 55-75 gallon tank new from a store along with at least a 20 long for my sump build. Other than that I'm just researching equipment, saltwater tank maintenance, and diurnal octo species. Interested in the bimacs but something a little smaller and more tolerant of warmer water would be better. This is a great site with great resources and I look forward to learning from you all.
 

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:cuttlehi: @josephw You will want to leave room above your sump for a skimmer, so research the height requirements (you will need to be able to remove the collection cup) before deciding on a stand.
 

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I do need to start shopping for skimmers. Any suggestions for one that doesnt break the bank but isn't junk? I don't mind spending a lot if I need to but if I can save some I can put it to use on otber things ill need
 

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Any suggestions for one that doesnt break the bank but isn't junk?
I have never owned a high end skimmer but have owned a few that cost between $30 and $350 and have found the Coralife brand to be the best within the range. They are also the only skimmers that most aquarists agree are correctly gallon rated (most others you need to halve the gallon rating).
 

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how is it maintaining the coralife skimer your running and is it the super skimmer or cone model? I'm looking at those two and a reef octopus model
 

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I use 3 variations of the Super Skimmer, depending on tank size and overhead height. One of the sizing advantages of the Super Skimmer is that it only requires about an inch of overhead clearance (beyond the actual height of the skimmer and cup) to remove the cup. Very easy to remove the cup and clean it. I place a filter sock under the return for more filtration and elimination of bubbles (not specific to the Coralife brand)
 

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I use 3 variations of the Super Skimmer, depending on tank size and overhead height. One of the sizing advantages of the Super Skimmer is that it only requires about an inch of overhead clearance (beyond the actual height of the skimmer and cup) to remove the cup. Very easy to remove the cup and clean it. I place a filter sock under the return for more filtration and elimination of bubbles (not specific to the Coralife brand)
Do you know of anyone that uses the seaclone model of skimmer from instant ocean? They are hit or miss on reviews which I've noted for lots of higher end models, a lot of these bad reviews for any brand or model seem to be due to people not correctly setting up their skimmer or allowing break in time
 

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