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julespinkyd

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OK so I just decided that I want to get rid of my current 90 gallon tank because I would like to build a custom one. I am thinking of tearing out my coat closet and build an in wall tank. Two of the sides would be fully visible while a third side would face another room but be about 2/3 visable. My question is I would like to get a bigger skimmer for a sump setup but are there any issues if I happen to get a too large one. The tank is going to roughly be 33"L x 33"Deep x 24" height. I am assuming these dimensions may get me about 110G (roughly estimating). I have seen a couple of skimmers that I like that are rated for 300G. Knowing that this is overkill, but I like it; does any one see any issues with it? May someone please provide some advice? Thanks

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That is my point... Is there an issue with over skimming? I have never ran into this issue since I always tend to keep the right size skimmer for the amount of Gs. What are potential issues that I may have with overskimming?

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Yes you can overskim. There are biological processes in aquaria that are capable to reduce nitrates and phosphates to levels that will harm your corals, see this discussion here: http://www.austinreefclub.com/topic/26744-do-you-put-your-skimmate-back-into-your-tank/ . Delbeek and Sprung discuss the Nitrate and Phosphate cycles in their book "The Reef Aquarium" Vol III which I strongly reccomend. There is also the issue of properly feeding your corals. Dr. Shimek, a proponent of skimming, wrote a very good article discussing anorexic reef aquaria in the Nov/Dec. 2010 issue of Coral, which is available in Coral's archive if you get a digital subscription. Victoly and I are on opposite sides of this discussion regarding skimming use and here is a link to some of our arguements: http://www.austinreefclub.com/topic/27423-help-picking-the-right-skimmer/

Here is one of my systems that does not have skimming, it was 3 years old at the time of the video:

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Over skimming is a definite possibility, but generally only if you really overshoot (2x tank

Volume). 300g skimmers for a 110g tank would be over skimming IMO.

I have a 425 rated on 200 gallons its perfrct thick paste skimmate but I had to dial it right

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Over skimming is a definite possibility, but generally only if you really overshoot (2x tank

Volume). 300g skimmers for a 110g tank would be over skimming IMO.

I have a 425 rated on 200 gallons its perfrct thick paste skimmate but I had to dial it right

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110-300g is nearly a 3:1, yours was a little over 2:1. Plus I know how much you feed those fish, you need that skimmer :)

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