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It ll probably be about 6months before I can actually start working on my octo tank.

but this is what I have in mind so far. all comments, tips and tricks are most welcome.

first the place of my aquarium: I had a place in mind in my livingroom. after measuring, I could put a tank of 80cm to 60 to 60 which would be around 70 gallons. Since I'm planning to keep O. vulgaris or cyanea, I don't know if this is big enough?

Filtration: I have an old tank of 65cm to 50 to 50 (around 40 gallons) which acted as RO water reservoir. I'm thinking of turning that into a trickle filter. beside this, I'm also gonna install a canisterfilter with active carbon. What do you guys think of this setup so far? I know I'll also have to install a skimmer but I don't really know much about these, so any tips on what is commonly used would be appreciated.

decoration: now this I've done before!!!! at least in freshwater. I was thinking of making a background with polyurethanefoam and press pieces of tufarock and oystershells in it to give it a natural look. In front of that I can place some liverock and tufa to create caves and holes.

these are the basics I had in mind. now take your chance and spill your guts. what's wrong and up for improvement in my plans?
 

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70 gallons may be too small for an o. cyena or vulgaris, I think they need a 120 gallon tank or bigger (correct me if I'm wrong), but a great size for a bimac. :)
 

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I'm new to octos but not to reef tanks.

The best skimmer you can buy IMO would be a ASM skimmer (All Seas Marine) ecspecially for the money and quality.
It is pretty much the same as the Euro reef skimmer but half the price.

I have used quite a few skimmers and the ASM or Euro reef are the best I have had.

It is a in-sump skimmer so you will have to run a sump to use it. I'm not a big fan of the HOB skimmers since they all use such small pumps and the reaction chambers are too small to really be effective.
It is better to oversize the protein skimmer than under size it.

Take care.
 

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I really like my sea clone for a skimmer. It wasnt real expensive but it works great on my 75. Whatever you do dont go witha prizm. Hope this helps :)
 

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After a month or so the thing just stopped working. I tried and tried to get that stupid thing to work but it never did. I've talked to other people that had the same thing go wrong with it.
 

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I went to my LFS yesterday to get some info on skimmers

they advised aquamedic midiflotor. don't know if anybody is familiar with this brand/type?
 

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same brand another type

this one is the turboflotor. it is a more advanced model.

the one they proposed me is an air driven one, here's some info on it.


The Midiflotor is a small but powerful air-driven internal protein skimmer. Like the Miniflotor, the Midiflotor features the double reaction cylinder. Within the inner cylinder, air bubbles rise and carry large quantities of water. This water falls into the external cylinder and carries the air bubbles downward into the expansion cone. Here the bubbles turn, and rise upward into the foam cup, against the strong counter-current. The Midiflotors foam cup inner tube is conical, which ensures quick extrusion into the cup, and helps to dry the foam. The strong holding system allows movement of the skimmer vertically to adjust the foam production zone. A lime wood air stone producing very fine air bubbles is also included. For the air supply, we recommend the membrane air pump Mistral 200.

Diameter: 75 mm, c. 3"
Length: 40 cm, c. 21"
Total width: 15 cm, c. 6"



Internal protein skimmer for aquaria up to 400 litre (100 Gallons)
 

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Yeah but is an air driven one really much better?

Mine looks just like that cept it was a diff. brand. It cost only a hundred.
 

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I have absolutely no idea if an airdriven one is better.

I just repeat what the guy told me and hope for a second opinion here.
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