skimmer ... how low can i go

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by butcherman, 5 Oct 2009.

  1. butcherman

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    I am planning to convert my 4ft freshwater tank into a sw.
    The DT is 240l and the sump is a 3ft tank about 70l totaling 310l
    Here is the problem....
    the high in the compartment under the tank where the sump is is 580mm high.

    been looking around for skimmers that would fit
    so far i come up with the following:
    1.) BH-2000 hang on skimmer rated 600l
    2.) ORCA-80-INT 255x180x475mm rated 500l
    3.) Reef Octopus Extreme Series OCTX-160 230x170x530mm rated 1200l

    I was wondering in your opinions and experience which would be the the best and most practical option.
     
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  3. butcherman

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    oh and yes i know these are all reef octo skimmers i gather from what i have read they seem to be the most popular.
     
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    Just check how much space you need to be able to lift the full cup off the skimmer.
    I had it once where I needed just that extra 1cm, and always had to tilt the skimmer body sideways just to get the cup off without dripping skimmate into the sump.
     
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    seee my thoughts in blue above
     
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    The extreme range needs 12mm above the skimmer so that you can light off the collection cup. I have the OCTX200 and its the same for the 160.
     
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    thanks for the input guys :)

    id really like the OCTX-160 but will probable end up with the ORCA-80-INT
     
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