Viaqua Skimmer - Any good?

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by chikaboo, 19 Apr 2009.

  1. chikaboo

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    Hi Triven is this the skimmer you asking about?[​IMG]
     
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    ya dats da 1
     
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    wat do u say abt it cause i am using it @current n it skims well
     
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    I still have mine like this but I'll tell you what everyone else told me - invest in something like Reeftek or Reef Octopus or some of the other more popular skimmers - I bought mine Reeftek here on the forum second for a luck - keep an eye out for 1 - (I will too) you wont be dissapointed! No problems with my Viaqua just that i see my tank much clearer with my reeftek than Viaqua - I still have it running together with my Reeftek but only if introducing new fish and overloading the biosystem - just for a little while but lets here what everyone else has to say?
     
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    Triven - the Via Aqua is not bad. BUT, as Chikaboo mentioned - the ReefTek and ReefOctopus ranges are just a HUGE amount better.......
     
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    cool how much does one cost.......how much did u pay 4 ur 1 ............my tank is 200l remember
     
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    so mine is like a toyota it does da job but aint like an m3 has it all lol
     
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    Exactly Triven. You can also see the difference in pricing. It's like everything else in live. The "better" things, usually costs a lot more. But, that's also why Chikaboo suggested looking at getting a 2nd hand one.

    ie. I had 2 x ReefTek TS2's (the 2nd model in the range - rated for 750 litres) at some stage. My tank is +-870litres in total. At the time, I paid +-R1700 each. (New). I then upgraded to an external Bubble Magus skimmer (BM-260), rated at 1500 litres - BUT, it works FAR more efficiently, than the 2 x ReefTek TS2 skimmers, because it has 2 x Pin wheel pumps on it, that recirculates the water and air..... and the pumps each have a pin-wheel impeller..... the skimmer is about 2 times the size (physically) than each of the TS2 skimmers.....

    I now remove about 8 to 10 times as much crap from my tank's water, with this new skimmer, than before with the 2 x TS2's.

    BUT, the skimmer cost me R5000.....
     
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    I managed to get my TS2 for R900 but new is over R2000 but with your tank volume i'm sure a TS1 (rated 350 Litres)will do the trick - seen those new for about R1300 - Jacuesb can one actually buy a skimmer rated much higher than tanks capacity and does it have advantages or disadvantages?
     
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    Yes Chikaboo - many people believe in this practice of "overskimming". The one advantage to overskimming, is that you can then overfeed as well. Overfeeding one's tank, when you have a HUGE skimmer, is beneficial to the life stock of the tank........
     
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    BUT, overfeeding when you do NOT have a skimmer rated for FAR more than your water volume, will cause issues in your tank with nuisance hair algae, etc....
     
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    Ok cool so Triven even if you get something rated higher than tank volume will be a bonus! Will keep an eye out for you in the classifieds as well but definately look into something in the lines of the M3 or even halfway between m3 power and the toyota;)
     
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    The Venturi type via aqua skimmers are not that good but the viaaqua in sump skimmer 2 is good here i the link to it :

    ViaAqua: In-Sump Skimmer 2
     
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    Had to laugh at myself when I read the topic subject - I read "VIAGRA skimmer", and thought that I just HAD to read this thread :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Hennie
     
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    Question?

    Hi Hennie I am prateek dutta from INDIA I am currently setting up my tank total volume of my tank is 225 litres(59.2 U.S gallon) i was looking for a skimmer and finally found via aqua in sump skimmer 2 I asked my LFS they said that it is a great improvement over the venturi types with increased contact time and the force through updraft tube.As, in INDIA very less skimmers are available I am going for this skimmer according to my LFS. My tank volume is just 59.2 gallons and the skimmer which I would be using is SK-388 rated for 250 gallons so what is your opinion about it , It would be very helpful to get a reply from such a experienced reef keeper like you.the link to this skimmer is

    via aqua in sump skimmer 2 :
    ViaAqua: In-Sump Skimmer 2
     
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    Hi Prateek,

    Firstly, WELCOME to MASA :)

    Unfortunately, I don't know this make of skimmers at all, and can thus not comment on them. From the attached link it certainly looks capable enough, but it is obviously not possible to comment on build quality, pump performance and life, etc. without actually having owned one.
     
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    A WARM WELCOME to MASA, Prateek!

    BUT, I would not spend good money on a Via Aqua. If you got it for very cheap - then, yes, by all means.

    BUT, rather look at a skimmer with a needle- or pin-wheel impeller, as these are FAR better than the Via Aqua will ever be.

    Also - the "rating" that you see is a LOT of marketing stuff..... It does not really mean "nothing" w.r.t the true capability of ANY skimmer.....

    It is a guideline.... but, everything is "relative" in marines......
     
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    Hi jacquesb,Hennie

    I asked the LFS local store they told me that the old versions of via aqua was a venturi type but the new model which has been just launched is a needle wheel model but unfortunately it has been launched very recently and I cannot find anyone on the net who have ever used them the design is good and the LFS people say that the build is also good , other skimmers are simply not available in our country and to bring them considerable money would be spent on the postage rather than the skimmer itself :(......

    what to do !!!!!:(
     
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    Prateek - if the pump has a needle-wheel impeller, then it will be ok to use. The only problem that I have heard with the Via Aqua's, is that they are difficult to adjust.....
    They require constant fiddling....
     
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    Hi jacquesb

    Actually in our country custom built tanks are very cheap so I plan to build a small sump which would maintain a constant water level of 9.5 inches as recommended by the manufactures , hence it would to some extent solve the problem of adjusting , moreover I would maintain a specific gravity of 1.0026 which would again improve the performance of the skimmer , I am also getting a detailed manual with it which would help me a lot , I would have a dsb of 3 inches to help filtration in addition to the skimmer .
    What is your opinion?

    One very important question is that how much quantity of live rock do I require , my tank is 59.2 us gallons and the sump is small 14.28 us gallons and can I use tufa rock in the reef aquarium for aquascaping?
     
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