skimmer advice or opinion

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  1. Franna29

    Franna29

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    Hey Masa,

    I am looking to buy a new skimmer soon, my system is about 250l in total, with 5 chromis,2 clowns,watchman goby,2 cleaner shrimps,5 hermits,4 snails.( tank link below) currently running a TS1 and want to upgrade, option I am looking for is.

    Reef Octopus Protein Skimmer NW-110 rated for 380l( will this be to small)


    Reef Octopus Protein Skimmer NW-150 rated for 570l(will this one be to big)




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    Bubble Magus Curve 5 Protein Skimmer rates for 500l



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    Why do you want to upgrade? Tank already looks good
     
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    Franna29 Thread Starter

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    I feel the skimmer does not skim properly I either end up with a dirty neck and almost no skimate in cup or skimming to wet, and also believe the skimmer is the hart of the tank and the better the hart works the better the tank will be doing. thanks.
     
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    My tank is 1200x450x450 (with sump +/- 350L)

    I just upgraded to a Curve 5 - But I am Carbon dosing, keeping softies, lps and sps.

    I feel a Curve 5 would be too powerful for your tank...

    I am going to be selling my old skimmer in the next week or two - Its a Reef Octopus RO-PS1000 (With bubble blaster pump) Its the older version:

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    This skimmer was slightly underpowered for my setup, overflowing with good skim mate way to quickly and don't think it was pulling what it should have been from my setup
     
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    trad Fish, thats the word!

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    Curve 5 or the RO150. I always double the tank size and go with a skimmer rated as double what I need.

    Oh and I have the curve 5 on my 150l setup
     
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    @trad

    What water level are you running your Curve 5 at?
     
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    trad Fish, thats the word!

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    you have to get it as close as possible to 23cm otherwise the foam doesn't get high enough.
    @poiromaniax I had to up the level in my sump from 14 to 23cm to get it to work properly.
     
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    Mines sitting at about 26cm at the moment - I don't know if its still breaking in or low bioload but I don't get a serious skim mate yet.

    Put it in about 2.5 weeks ago
     
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    trad Fish, thats the word!

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    Strange, my tank is only 3 weeks old, got some old LR from @Adee 's sump. plus 2 fish and very light feeding.

    The skimmer took about a week to kick in but I've already cleaned thick (almost black) paste from the sides and although skimming very wet, get a beer colour skimmate +- 1cm in the cup every 3rd day.

    I have the bubbles set at the bottom of the skimmer cup.

    Only thing I can think is you should check that there aren't any leaks from where to cable goes in etc. and check the setup, the holds should not in in line with the pump outlet...
    @poiromaniax
     
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    I don't know if that was autocorrect but I don't understand?

    Leaks from which cables?

    The holds?
     
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    trad Fish, thats the word!

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    Sorry just me typing to fast.

    The holes in the cup that the the pump outlet shoots the water into should not line up with the pump outlet. Not sure if you saw but the holes only go two third around and there is a section to block the flow from the pump shooting straight up into the skimmer cup... hope that makes sense.

    It's not a big issue but it the hole where the cable goes through the floor of the skimmer (also where the pumps connects via the side) aren't sealed I think this might allow dirty water to escape rather than going out the control valve where you set 1/2/3/ max.
     
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    Ah, ya I did make sure that the holes weren't lined up.

    Will check the cable spot.

    Maybe I should also move it to my first sump chamber.

    I currently have my BioPellet reactor in first chamber, skimmer in second, return third.

    Wonder if It will make any diff if move the skimmer into same chamber as reactor
     
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    trad Fish, thats the word!

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    Probably not, and you have it in the recommended order for the pellet reactor.

    But maybe you just don't have a lot of kak in your tank.
     
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    That's what I like to think :p
     
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    I would go with the Bubble Magus. I have the Curve 7 and the Curve 9 and am happy with both of them. The Curve 7 is on a tank that previously had a Reef Octopus skimmer on it (I think it was an NW-150) and the Bubble Magus definitely pulls out more. Of course this could be due to how I had the Reef Octopus set up. So the RO is also a good skimmer but, if I had to choose between them, I'd choose the BM.
     
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    thanx for the advice:m106:
     
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