Which Skimmer?

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by Manic, 9 Feb 2010.

  1. Manic

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    Hey Everyone,

    I've been searching around for a skimmer for my new tank but I can't decide on one, that's where you guys come in. I need your help.

    Initially I was going to go for the Reef Octopus Extreme Series Protein Skimmer OCTX-200, but everyone I ask says it has been discontinued. So I'm looking for a skimmer in this price range (R3200+-). My total tank volume will be around 600L, I'm looking for a skimmer that can do 1200L+.

    Here are just a few I've found:

    Reef Octopus Skimmer DNW-200
    ORCA-135-INT protein skimmer
    TS3 Reeftek in-sump Skimmer

    Which one would work best?
     
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    Is that minimum water volume that they will effectively skim or maximum?
     
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    Anyone know why they discontinued it? Bought mine 7 months ago and it has not been hooked up yet. Hope it will do the job.
     
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    I'm sure it will work. Heard good reviews about it. Maybe one of the sponsors can elaborate on why this skimmer is no longer available.
     
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    seeing as the OCTX160 and the OCTX200 were simular in skimming capacity (then 1500lt now 900lt) they opted to bring only one in the OCTX160..

    i have a OCTX200 and am happy but i would still put my money on a DNW200/TS3 anyday..

    those skimmers are great value for money
     
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    So would you suggest I go for a TS3 or TS4?
     
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    get a price on the bubble blaster 3000
     
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    look its ultimatley up to you and i always have tried to double my rating on my skimmer in relation to my overall system capacity, but i am not too convinced by the current skimmers on the market.. its seems like a trend chasing fetish at the moment.. where can i see more about your system and your intended stocking list to better see which skimmer to advise?
     
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    Haven't started the tank yet as I'm only picking it up next week but it is going to consist of the following:

    900mm x 900mm x 600mm (High) Display Tank
    800mm x 800mm x 350mm (High) Sump which will mainly consist of a large dsb, skimmer and return.

    50Kg Live rock in tank as well as 40Kg base rock

    As far as stocking goes, mainly sps, zoa's and ricordea.
    Not going to heavily stock on the fish side.
     
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    Leslie is spot on...and that the new smaller blasters are coming out and the smaller cones.

    So there are so many skimmers to choose from....i wont be stumped if the whole DNW range will be stopped soon
     
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    in light of sps being the predominant coral going to be being kept id recomend. DNW200 or TS4 going on what i have worked with in the past.. as for the cones im not too sure they can surely only be better than what we already have.. if its any help.. the pump and impellor is what to look at (IMO) when buying a skimmer..

    this is my latest conclusion.. air draw and pump output are key factors..
     
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    DNW and/or TS range is silly as firstly its quite old teck (pumps) if you must go for it the ORCA range is the same with a bubble plate and pinwheel impellors at only a few rands extra. Only reason these skimmers are in SA is there was a big hipe as they were the first decent well priced skimmers in SA. Secondly they use 3 times the power for the same rating as the newer designs.

    The Blaster skimmers are a far better choice as the pumps use far less power. A 3000lph pump on the DNW/Orca range uses 65 watts - a 5000lph on the blaster uses 55w...not sure on the 3000lph blaster pump but its probably about 30-40watts.

    I agree with Lanzo the DNW range will soon be stopped. Its really old now and not very energe efficient.

    Also note how whenever a new range of skimmers land the old skimmers ratings drop.

    Eg. - when I got my TS4 it was rated at 3500l-4000l now the same skimmer is rated at 1000L system. The Blaster 5000 was rated at 4000l but as soon as the cones arrive the rating is now 2000...2000l is probably correct so its not a bad thing.

    IMO your best bet is the OCTX 250 or Blaster 3000 - similar price similar rating.

    I have a Blaster 5000, Blaster 1000, OCTX160, TS4, TS1 and IMO the TS4 is not worth the plastic its made from. I have just sold it for R1500 as it can barly keep up with the OCTX160 and it uses 3 times more electricity to run.

    You won't go wrong with either the blaster or Extreem ranges. New cone skimmers are probably better but IMO not worth the extra cost just yet.
     
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    Which skimmer is better:

    Reef Octopus Extreme Series OCTX-160
    ORCA-135-INT protein skimmer
     
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    For what its worth,i removed the bubble plate from my blaster skimmer and its skimmimg ten times better then before....so dnw and ts range not old tech in my eyes...
    IMHO,reef octo didnt do r&d when making skimmers..its iether copied or made bigger..If u want outstanding skimming power that will give the blaster a run for its money,then get a TS4(OLD VERSION WITH 3 PUMPS)and change the pumps to 3 x sicce pumps.you will never need another skimmer again.
     
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    What is the bubble plate supposed to do in a skimmer ?
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    Has anyone else removed there bubble plate and there skimmer works better?
     
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    The OCTX is 160mm in diameter compared to the 200MM of the orca and is much shorter then the Orca but then the pump that comes on the OTX is much better.
     

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