Please help me choose a skimmer

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by zak, 18 Feb 2011.

  1. zak

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    Hi Guys,

    Im setting up a 55gallon FOWLR. Iv got +/- R2000 to spend on a skimmer. Any recommendations? TS2 vs Aquamedic Blue 1000 vs "Recommendation"? Please advise..
     
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    yeah, buy second hand
     
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    Wait for or speak to ziyaadb,that oke really knows his skimmers!

    As far as i know for that size tank something like a ts2 would be great.you could even go sps in that setup with a skimmer like that.
     
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    Regarding the TS2/TS3, are the units noisy? This is my first attempt at marine so iv absolutely no practical experience as far as skimmers go or anything marine for that matter, just whatever iv been reading on the site and in a couple of books..
    Any advice is most welcome..
     
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    hahaha thanks falcon

    zak that TS3 would be a great skimmer on a fowlr as 1 tends to overstock on the fish and u need to also feedthem well. the TS3 is a bigish skimmer so u would need a good size sump as well. what would also be great is you would be able to upgrade your tank and still use it if u go bigger.

    if u want to buy new than i would suggest the new NW range of skimmers as these come out with a much better venturi and a pin wheel which equals better air pull compared to the TS range but a bit more expensive.
     
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    Hi all,

    Thanks for starting this thread zak, Im also shopping round. I want to start a 350l reef.I have been looking at the TS2 and the reefoctopus Orca 80 Internal skimmer. Any suggestions on which one to chose.

    Im also a newbie to the game and need all advise possible.
     
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    Manderin, this is not the for sale forum, please refrain from advertising out of the for sale forums. Posts deleted, advertise in the for sale forum or go to PM. Thanks
     
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    Hi, why not start a new thread in the New Members section and introduce yourself. And of course....

    :welcome6:
     
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    JazakAllah for the advice Ziaad. Another question on the T3, how power hungry is the unit? Must it be driven with 2 pumps? Would it fit into a 3 foot sump?
     
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    Sorry boss :p
     
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    welcome, its a 250lt system (basically a standard 4ft) so a skimmer of a 500lt capacity rating is what i suggest,

    for affordable and effective skimmers in that procerange look at

    AM TF1000 blue 500lt
    Aqua excel AE-MINI 300lt (very small but effective)
    or AE-CHS 500lt

    these all come with mesh wheel so dare i say they can do a little more

    the AM is a little more electricity consious.

    other brands to consider are Reefocto and Skimz if you have a little more cash to spend.

    both have excellent wattage to skimming capacity ratios and are top class skimmers.
     
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    zak it comes with 1 pump the very old ts3 come with 2 pumps the one that mandarin is selling is 1 pump at 65w. it would fit in a 3ft tank if i remember correctly.
     
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    Thanks Leslie,

    What's your opinion on the Reeftek TS3?

    TS3 vs AM TF1000 blue?
     
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    for 250lt you are safe with a TS3 its actually my favourite in the Reefocto insump range. good value for money. the newer ones have 1 OTP3000 pump and i think wattage is around 65w or so not 100% sure on this.

    the AM is a little small

    there are skimmers that run on lower wattage pumps and produce more but then you need to up your initial outlay.

    may be worth doing so if you calculate your savings in electricity over a year period or so?

    also go big once, it will allow you scope if you get a bigger tank.

    TS3 is a lekker skimmer and second hand with the OTP3000 pump can be found for approx R1500 - R1700 from time to time.

    good luck
     
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    Iv settled for the TS3 and purchased it this afternoon.

    Its kinda big.. Looks AWESOME though.. Im starting to think that it may be an overkill for my 4 foot setup. I'm even doubting whether it would fit into my 3 foot sump.. I think i may have made a mistake..
     
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    never bru, if the sumps too small get a bigger 1 built.
     
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    The pump is rated at 65 watts, Im a little concerned on the electricity-bill implications of this. Do you think it has a significant impact? Does the entire skimmer need to be sebmerged? Advise???
     
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    It is an "in sump" skimmer, so it must be in the water, but not completely submerged. On the TS2 the water level should be about by the Reeftek name, not sure on the TS3 though.
     
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    TS3 Help

    Anyone with a TS3? I need some help with installation.. Im trying to figure out how much of the unit needs to be submerged.. Iv got a standard 3 foot tank, so the skimmer will protrude, is this fine?
     
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    As I said in the post above, the skimmer is a "in sump" skimmer. But it must not be completely submerged, the skimmer cup and the outlet pipe must be out the water. I'm not 100% sure on the TS3, but on the TS2 the water level (when the skimmer is in the sump) needs to be around the Reeftek name. So, about half of the skimmer must stick out the water.
     
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