Choosing a Skimmer

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by Dolphinfriendly, 10 Dec 2011.

  1. Dolphinfriendly

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    Hi,
    I am about to upgrade my skimmer from a Jebo that I got when I first started out (yes, I am now aware of their bad reputation).
    I currently have a choice of two possible skimmers. By the way my tank is about 350 litres including the sump.

    The first is a second hand Aquarium Systems skimmer rated for a 600 litre tank (finding it difficult to find info on this skimmer. I can't find the website and it doesn't have the box). R2000

    The next option is a brand new Reef Octopus NW-150 skimmer rated for a 650 Litre system. +- R2200 (waiting for the proper quote).

    Any advice? I know that Reef Octopus has a good record with skimmers, not too if Aquarium Systems can match up.

    Thanks.
     
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    You cant go wrong with the reef octopus, dont fall into the trap of thinking a cheaper skimmer will do, you will always regret not spending the extra cash, trust me
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    Stick to the big name brands when buying a skimmer.
     
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    that nw150 will be a good fit for your tank
     
  7. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    its a tricky one, when choosing a skimmer its important to look at a few things..

    general opinion,
    back up support from local suppliers
    and
    the actual product functioning and under what conditions/load..

    i have had a Jebo on the below tank for years

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    containing softies/Lps and brown sps which never ever colored up with the high fishload.. and i never thought i needed a good skimmer. but with todays standards and chemistry i think they are one of the most important purchases.. and dare i say more as a safegaurd than an every day necessity..

    other than consistently adding a higher level of oxygen they only perform when it is called of them to do so by increased levels of DOC, in fact my skimmer works more after a waterchange than when i havent done one for a while..

    small tangit but i thought the above was in need of being said..

    there are many brands of skimmer now available to us..

    Vertex
    Reef octo
    Skimz
    Jns shark
    ATB

    so name a few..

    i would say buy big and buy once..
     
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    LCornelius Moderator

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    I would go for the reef octo! I had one, great skimmers!!!
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    I am running a tunze 9010 skimmer for almost 3 years now, never had a single problem, and it skims like beast. Defiantly worth looking into a skimmer from tunze!
     
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    Alan Admin MASA Contributor

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    I have always been a believer in a good skimmer, my advice would be to get the best skimmer you can afford. Generally with skimmers you get what you pay for.
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Agreed
     
  12. Dolphinfriendly

    Dolphinfriendly Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your input!
    I think that I will go for the reef octo seeing as so many people recommend it.
     
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