Which is the better???? SKIMMER!!!!

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by Noodles, 5 Aug 2009.

  1. Noodles

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    Okay guys i need a new skimmer for my new set up but i'm stuck i dig both but which would you chose or advise on.....
    Bubble magus 260
    OCTX 200 EXT
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Tough one fleur. Both are excellent brands. Personally I would choose the bigger of the two. :)
     
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    Thats a it difficult.

    i have never seen the bubble magus in action only photo's ut the otcx200 i have seen and its a very good skimmer....maybe jacqueb can help he has a magus skimmer
     
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    LOL - yes - I do have a BM-260. Mine has 2 x Aquabee 2000 litre per hour pin-wheel pumps. These are recirculating pumps. My skimmer is an external model, which is fed directly from my overflow pipe....
    The skimmer is "rated" for 1500 litres, but - I think that this "rating" is a very overrated method of measuring how well as skimmer can skim.

    Since I have replaced my skimmer, with the BM-260, my 2 metre reef tank has improved significantly. All my corals and fish is/was FAR more healthy now.
     
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    What skimmer did you have before you changed over?
    The new tank i'm busy with is going to be just over a 1000l system. could you post a pic of yours in action?
     
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    Both are excellent skimmers...hard to chose between the two...
     
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    Just get both that way you have the best of both worlds.:razz:
     
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    Fleur - I think that in the end, it would bore down to availability - and cost. I am quite sure that you would get excellent skimming from either of the 2.
     
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    if they were evenly priced and equally as good which im sure they are id go to the next question.. hows the back up service? eef octo has some good aftersales service.. cant really comment on the magnus range.. in the end its your decision..
     
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    Hi Fleur - I had 2 x ReefTek TS2 skimmers - each rated at 700-750 litres....
    The BM-260 is "rated" for 1500 litres, but, I personally feel it can skim FAR FAR bigger.

    Here's the thread where I tell everybody about my skimmer:
    Got me a new TOY! A belated XMAS pressie - from me & me wife! SKIMMER! - Mechanical Filtration

    Here's a few pics of it skimming IMMEDIATELY after it was installed:
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    And here's a pic of it in "action" - it's a bit "dirty" here already, so, you cannot see so much of the bubbles:
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    jacques how long did it take for the skimmer to get that dirty...
     
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    awesome!
     
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    What is the air intake on those pump's? And have you had ANY problems with them? Like noise ect?
     
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    Sorry Fleur - I only saw your post and question now.

    I am not 100% sure what the air intake is - I can find out though. And no - I have never had any issues with the pumps yet..... And they are super quiet....
     
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    OK - found that air intake: 350 litres per minute per Aquabee pump - so, I have 700 litres of air being sucked into my skimmer, per minute....
     
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    Check the litres per minute thing. I think you will find it is per hour.:whistling:
     
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    No Nemo's Janitor - have a look - ok - it's not 350 litres per minute - but rather 1400 litres per hour:
    (From URL: Bubble-Magus BM260 External Skimmer - Protein Skimmers - Nuocean )

    Product Description


    Bubble-Magus BM260 skimmer is a recirculating skimmer with two Aquabee 2000/I pumps, designed for external or internal use.

    Dimensions: 19.1" x 12.40" x 27.95" (L*W*H)

    Cylinder diameter: 8"
    Neck diameter: 4"
    Pump: 2 x Aquabee 2000/I 115V
    Power Consumption: 40 KWH
    Air intake: 1400 LPH

    Capability:
    Light Bio-load: 400 Gallons
    Medium Bio-load: 300 Gallons
    Heavy Bio-load: 250 Gallons

    BM260 Requires an additional feed pump unless the skimmer is gravity fed.

    Ships from Brooklyn, NY
     
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    JB just one other thing. Deltec also use the aqua bee pumps and they say that the 115v units draw more air than the 230v ones.

    But yes very good air draw and at 35l per watt.
     
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    Thanks for the confirmation Nemo's Janitor. Therefor my comparison. My skimmer is literally 2cm shorter and 2cm thinner, with the same pumps, that the Deltec skimmers use......
     
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    :whistling:???
     
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