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Old 08-27-2009, 10:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help with skimmer choice

It seems there are a lot of choices for great skimmers. (Thanks for posting all the pics of your skimmers "in action".)

Please offer your suggestion for the best choice of a skimmer to place in the custom refugium sump of my new Elos 120, 90 gal mixed reef tank.

Before I shell out $600 I'd appreciate your input and primary reasons for your choice. Important criteria to me is efficiency, ease of organics removal and value.

BTW, you all are the best!
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Grey Seas Aquatics

i think that for the money you cant go wrong with GSA, i know if i was starting a new large reef set up i would definitely consider it as it has gotten great revies from lots of members.
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Old 08-28-2009, 07:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I use a Turboflotor Multi on my setup and while by no means the best of the best it is a great skimmer for the money. The gunk it pulls is just amazing. I have to clean up the cup completely every 2 days.

If money is not an issue, do certainly get a top of the line skimmer. I'll post pics of collection cup when I am fully online at home. Right now I'm just about to go snorkeling at the Bavaro Beach in DR.
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Thanks for eveyone's input. I've still got about a week to decide so this is much appreciated. Enjoy your day in the water, Puffer. The weather is stellar in CA today but the water is WAY too cold for me: 53 deg. F.
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bubble king mini - $1000
rpyal vertex alpha - $750
GSA - $ 300
octopus xp 200 - $ 350
ASM G2 - $250

so many choices, all will depend on what your looking to spend, i beleive all the ones mentioned will perform well, in fact i had a ASM G1 long ago and it pulled lots of skimmate and i only paid 70 dollars for it.
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I've nearly narrowed it down for bang for the buck using current thinking hardware. I've got a line on one of my local retailors that has a demo ATi Bubble master 160 available for $350. Comes with the standard 1 year warrantee and should do 90% as good a job as anything out there for a 90 gal tank. Besides, it will be working with my tumbling Chaeto to keep the water nice and free of excess protein, Nitrite, Nitrate and Phosphates.

Gotta love these forums! Even an average guy like me can make choices like a pro since I got so many buddies and buddettes contributing with their "hands on" experience. I especially like the informal learning and sharing that happens at this forum. Some of the "other" forums feel more like a private club that require a secret hand shake to gain real interactive participation. (It's probably just me) It's no wonder why I spend so much time at the computer!

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I would say definitely the bubblemaster....
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Aye, me hartys. I'd better grab the demo Bubblemaster 160 while the gettin's good.

Funny thing is that if I follow through with the option to build a Turf Algae Scrubber in the fuge section of the sump, I won't need a skimmer according to devotees.

Here I just get used to the idea that everyone needs an excellent skimmer ahead of Chaeto in a fuge and now the new school says that no skimming is required if you run a scrubber. Ah, the test of time....
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Algae scrubber is a nice idea and all but I think the skimmer is still mandatory depending on what types of corals you are going to keep... if doing SPS just get the skimmer. If you want to supplement the turf algae scrubber thing go for it.
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i feel the same as bschuerman, but definitely grab that bubble master before its gone, sounds like a greatprice for a nice piece of equipment.
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Thanks, Hunter it's now moved from an idea to a plan.

I've only "just met" Ed, one of our RC sponsors (KM Associates Int'l, that runs a local tank maintanance and dry goods store. He's looking to liquidate the dry goods and skimmers are part of what he's liquidating. (local S.F. Bay Area Reefers check him out if you're upgrading your skimmer or other equipt.)

The demo ATi BM 160 that I'm picking up this week has it's full 1 year warantee and is $350 done deal. It should provide great service for years! I've been using a Red Sea Prism skimmer hung on the narrow side of my 20 gal tank and making lots of nasty skimmer "tea".

Folks, this is an excellent example of making important connections, saving money and narrowing down equipment choices via Reefer's Cafe. What a great forum!

You all have saved me a lot of time and helped insure that what I end up with will do a great job. Thank to all for the input.
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No problem we are in this to have fun and help share the experience with others as well.
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