Skimmer selection

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by sweetnsour, 27 Oct 2010.

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which would you buy

  1. Reef octopus bubble blaster 5000 EXT old model

    36.4%
  2. Reef octopus cone XP5000 INTERNAL

    63.6%
  1. sweetnsour

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    Hey reefers

    Im in the market and looking to buy a new skimmer but am undecided on the two following models

    Bubble baster 5000 EXT and the Cone XP5000 INTERNAL.

    either of the two will be plumbed externally to the sump but its down to which is better and if their are any pro's and con's

    what would you get?
     
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  3. magman

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    go for the SRO BB5000int, no regrets,
     
  4. SumthingFishy

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    Hi SnS

    I will go for the SRO Cone XP5000 INTERNAL. It all comes down to New Tech which is expensive vs Old tech which is cheaper...they both do the same job, but it is still your decision.
    I have the SRO Cone XP2000 Internal and I am very happy with mine thus far. The cone shape is much better for the bubbles direction and there is hardly any recirculation taking place. Just take care how deep you place your internal skimmer. These skimmers are sensitive to the depth you place them and how you set them up.
    Besides the new cone shape, the new BB pumps runs very silent!
    So I would go for new technology...

    Good luck!
     
  5. magman

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    Is the cone not just a sump saver?
     
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    No not just a space/sump saver. It's a complete redesign of their new skimmers and is part of the new product lines. Reef Octopus have other skimmers as well where the body is regularly shaped and only the neck area is coned.

    Do a search on RC and you will find most of the info you need on the new RO skimmers. That's how I made sure about the new skimmers before I bought mine.

    Here is a link to mine...
    The Reef Octopus Clan - Page 29 - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
     
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    u get the sump saver in the cone and normal SRO
     
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    Wade go for the BB5000EXT, everyone that has one is happy, don't know about too many people with the cone.
     
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    thats because of the price difference being 2500,
    SRO = 7000
    Cone = 9500

    anything reaching that magical 10K mark becomes difficult to buy
     
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    Lets ignore price for a while. Which skimmer is better?
     
  11. sweetnsour

    sweetnsour Thread Starter

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    I have To agree if price wasn't an issue I'd like to hear which is a better skimmer.


    From what I've seem though the cones are awesome compared to the older models.

    I'm not looking at the spacesaver as it needs to be plumbed externally and the spacesaver looks like it can't be done to me.

    I'm wanting a small sump and ready for easy peasy cleaning.
     
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    sweetnsour Thread Starter

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    Honestly I would love to get the cone external 5000 but it won't fit under my stand and I'm about 10cm short
     
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    Cone
     
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    sweetnsour Thread Starter

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    Hahaha Ziyaadb I wish I could only type the words I'm thinking of right now.
     
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    heheheheh common dude liners like that come along once in a life time u gota strike while the words are up:lol:

    So u not getting the cone?
     
  16. TheWaterboy

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    sold my bb 5000 to get the cone.........had the cone for about 4 months an regret the move everyday
     
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    sweetnsour Thread Starter

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    Ziyaadb hahaha no stress bud , I was def leaning towards the cone.

    Marco. Seriously why? Please if you elaborate?
     
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    i would also want to know why Marco?
     
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    been trying for months to get the thing to skim dry........
    my personal opinion is that the cone is too efficiant as the bubbles roll up to the surface to quickly giving a very wet skim........i have tried every millimeter on the valve...
    i had the bubble blaster in the some spot for a year and it gave me thick , stinky cappuchino every day;)
    that just my personal opinion and experiance.......:thumbup:
     
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    I have always preferred external skimmers.

    1) External skimmers normally get fed directly from an overflow or feed. Internal skimmers suck their feed from a filter compartment. this can cause some water not to be skimmed and some to be skimmed more than once. If you plumb the outlet of the internal so that the water does not skim over and over you run the risk of running a compartment dry damaging the pump.

    2) Internal skimmers run extra pumps in the sump. a heat source.

    3) The water level in the compartment that the internal skimmer resides plays a big part in the air suction. The deeper the water the less air flow.

    I have used many 5000ext and they work brill. The cone does seem to skim a little better but IMO the 5000ext first choice.
     
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    Well guys so far in the polls its looking like the cone is more of a choice, however with all points noted above i have to also agree that the old BB5000 has been around for ages now and has really served thier owners well.

    i think im going to go with the BB5000 External older model and skip the cone for now.

    thanks for all the effort and input guys
     
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