Choosing a skimmer

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by Porra, 14 Feb 2015.

  1. Porra

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    Hi guys I'm in need of some advise. I need to buy a skimmer for a 1800 liter system which is heavily feed and my current options are either 2nd (+\- 2 years old) reef octo XP8000 ext or a new aquaria APS-11. Any advise or opinions will be greatly appreciated.
     
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  3. ozzie

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    If the reef octopus is in good running order I would go with that!!! Bubble Magnus has also taken the market and is an excellent product!! Reef octopus know and tested
     
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    I love my bubble magus skimmer. Rated for 2500L and its a beast. Think its the c99 model
     
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    DC or AC?

    what is your budget you allowed yourself to spend on a skimmer?
     
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    it comes down to budget end of story..... All the proper makes have excellent skimmers. Don't be fooled by the pretty packaging look at things like @RiaanP mentioned do you want AC or DC, what is the flow rate of the pump supporting the skimmer - air flow per hour. Look at the design of the skimmer does it have a cone neck or is it straight.

    Do research - the US sights have a lot of reviews on the different skimmer(s).
     
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    I'm not sure if they are AC or DC but they bother cost the same just the reef octo is 2nd hand and the other is new. Budget I have allowed for is +/-R10k
     
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    I don't seem to find any info on the aquaria APS-11 skimmer on the net hence my request for advice.
     
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    Check what pumps they use. Important thing is are spares available
    Reef octo is a good skimmer
     
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    I would suggest a reef octopus bubble blaster 5000 external...then youre sorted!
     
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    Stick to brand names especially with a slimmer it's the heart of ur tank !
     
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    Thanks for all the advise guys I have decided to go with the reef octo and I'm considering doing the dc pump upgrade once the bank account has healed.
     
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    Since Porra seems to have made his choice , could I derail and ask what difference AC vs DC makes ? Is it a power consumption thing or a material effect on the capability ?
     
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    DC generally draw less power. Their main advantage over AC is they are controllable
     
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