Skimmers

Discussion in 'New Members' started by Tony Ingram, 3 May 2010.

  1. Tony Ingram

    Tony Ingram

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    Hi everyone its been a long time since I have posted anything.
    I am looking to do a skimmer upgrade so I want to know from the guys in the know what brand is the best or should I say best value for money?

    I am looking at a grotec hea-150 = 1000L
    or one of the reef octopus's orca-135-int =750l
    or you guys tell me


    Thanks again everyone.

     
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    Howzit Tony! Nice chatting to you, mate.

    Just a quick "open forum" question, for everyone's sake: what is your total system water volume?

    Having a greatly over-sized skimmer, does give you a really decent safeguard against most possible issues (except for power-failures) that could possibly happen in your tank.

    Does the Grotec have a decent sized pin-wheel pump? The ReefOctopus Orca INT-135 has a decent ORCA OTP-2000 pinwheel impeller pump......

    In my humble opinion, it all boils down to the type of pump of your skimmer - IF the skimmer bodies are +- the same dimensions.

    Unfortunately, I do not know the GroTec skimmer range too well - what is the dimensions of this skimmer that you are looking at? (height, skimmer body diameter)?
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    agreed with jaques, the pump (which will determine air intake) is a major part of the skimmer... total system volume will be helpful to determine a accurate suggestion of skimmer to buy.
     
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    My orca 135 int has a 3000Lph otp pump and it is rated for 900L
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    what skimmer are you using atm?
     
  7. Tony Ingram

    Tony Ingram Thread Starter

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    Ok i have a weipro sa 2011 at the moment and its doing fine at the moment i just thought it would be nice to upgrade a little.
    My tank's total volume with the sump and all the LR, sand, power heads ect is +- 360l

    the grotec specs are as followes
    HEA 150 Skimmer 300 l - 1.000 l
    EHEIM 1250 - 28 W
    Construction size (lxwxh) 320 x 200 x 530 mm

    The reef octopus is as follows
    In-Sump Pin-Wheel
    Skimmer w/ Bubble Plate
    (200mm Diameter)
    380x250x570mm
    1 x OTP-3000
    1,200l


    Hope this answers all the questions at this point.

    I am looking in the 1000L/h-1200L/h range so that when I get a bigger tank i dont need to get a bigger skimmer.
     
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    I would go with the ReefOcto myself - given a choice of those two, but that is just me...do a google search on the two of them and compare specs - the detailed info will provide all the evidence for you to make an educated decision
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    How do they compare in price ? the Gro tech looks like a decent skimmer

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  10. Tony Ingram

    Tony Ingram Thread Starter

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    Well i can get the Grotec for R2800
    and the reef octopus at R3200 still working on its prise.
    I have just seen that the Grotec is a recirculating skimmer
    So at the moment it looks like its 2-0 to the Grotec
     
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    Tony IMHO (and honestly I dont have any personal experience with the Grotec range, have seen them though in action and the design is similar to the TS series) the Orca will outperform it by far...I run one in the shop (80 EXT) and it is the bomb for its price. There are two reasons for this, the bubble plate in the Orca breaks up the bubbles and disperses it better, secondly air is forced in at an angle creating a swirling motion allowing for more contact time of air & water.

    Also another option to look at is the Extreme series 160 INT which uses the Sicce pumps and draws in a LOT of air at a similar price.

    You are more than welcome to pop around and have a look at both in action in the shop if you want, just give me a shout

    BTW keep in minda recirc = extra feeder pump, plumbing etc
     
  12. Tony Ingram

    Tony Ingram Thread Starter

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    Hello every one its been a while. I have recently stumbled across a very cool little shop called Ocean son. I have had this need to find a skimmer that is great value for money so I have been really patient. Then the other day I went to go get some r.o water and I see this little gem of a con skimmer rated for 800-1000l it has a air intake of 775l/hour as well as a pin / mesh wheel combo. I bought it straight away took it home did the upgrade and with in 24 hours it had skimmed almost two full cups of this black green dirty smelly stuff.

    Its a aqua excel and I paid only R1995 for it.
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    whick model did you get tony?
     
  14. Tony Ingram

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    its the AE-CH
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    nice.. looking forward to updates and pics on its performance :)
     
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