Help choosing a skimmer

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by NADEEM, 4 Dec 2012.

  1. NADEEM

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    Hi everybody, i know absolutely nothing about what skimmers are available and what their prices are like.
    i currently have a BOYU TL550 with a BH1000 RO skimmer and it is fantastic.

    Im looking at upgrading to something smarter, plan is for a cube : 650 x 650 x 500 high which is about 200 litres and then plus a sump, sump wont be much, maybe another 50 or so litres, so max we could say we have about 260 litres of water.

    I would like to have something thats a bit over rated, overskim a bit, and a skimmer that i can put into the sump, not a hangon or an external.

    What skimmers would you guys recommend? i do expect the question "how much are you willing to spend" .. and honestly, i dont know, because i have noc lue what skimmer go for as i have never shopped for one.

    so maybe tell me what you using and if you think its good or not and what they usually sell for, i could say im willing to spend up to R2000 but if theres something really nice for R2500, il go for it. that kind of thing.

    Shot guys
    nadeem:yeahdude:
     
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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    well you can get the BH2000, rated for 500L
     
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    Reeftek TS2 also rated at 500L, Goes for R2000
    TS3 rated at 700l and goes for about R2600.
     
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    Shot guys, just spoke to a bra who had a similar tank, and he used an external skimmer and he reckons its the better way to go, and plumb overflow direct into skimmer.

    You guys know of any reasonably prices external skimmer that would go a lekker job? i reckon about 500L should be more than enough
     
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    Bit of a hijack here but can a TS2 not be easily modded to be an external skimmer by fitting a gate or ball valve where the sliding pipe is that controls the water level?
     
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    Nah I dont reckn, would be better off going for the reef octo dnw-150 if u want an external
     
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    mornewil Morne

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    True, with a 50L sump an internal skimmer will leave little space for anything else.
    Chat to @Ayoob i think he had a DNW150 external on his cube.
     
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    Reef octopus 160xs extreme. -- what you guys think of this skimmer?
     
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    All this talk if skimmers makes me warm and fuzzy inside. I love it! My advice, buy the best you can afford, always go slightly larger than your volume.
    Never skimp on a skimmer or your system will skimp on you.:p
     
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    Do not fall into the trap of buying a skimmer that ur not happy with, its a very common mistake, if theres something u should fork cash out for, its a skimmer
     
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    A while back I myself done some homework on which skimmers...I ended up going with the decision of buying a Reef Octopus, should money eventually allow me to do the upgrade...my decision was basically based on the fact that it is a good reliable Make...I believe good value for money, the replacement parts were not a fortune(important factor for me) and the back up service on the Products are solid...just my 2c..:blush:
     
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    you cant really go wrong with a reef octo
     
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    Well, i had a BH1000 run my 600l setup for more than a year. Had no issues, only upgraded to a BH2000 coz i got it for a good price and sold my BH1000 to cover most of the cost. I would think that the BH1000 would suffice, you could just hang it on the side of your sump.
     
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    My advice to you is the following:
    Choose the best skimmer that your pocket can afford or you are going to be collecting cheap skimmers to resell at a later stage....

    Make sure it is way oversized for your tank rating so that you wont have a problem in the future when you increase your bio-load or upgrade the tank to something bigger.
    In the past when I started this hobby I skimped on the skimmer and ended up replacing mine time and time again.
    Rather spend the money now and buy yourself a decent brand that is over rated than getting a cheap and cheerful version now and having to upgrade down the line.

    I'm running:
    A JNS Shark SK2 rated for 375 gal (1419L) on the pony tank with a total water volume of 405L
    A JNS Shark SK5 rated for 650 gal (2460L) on the reef tank with a total water volume of 840 L
     
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    Bru, I've got a aqua medic external turbo 5000 rated for excess of 1000 litres. For R2000, sorry for ijack lol
     
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    It's and excellent skimmer, won't go wrong there!
     
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