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Old 05-23-2004, 02:15 AM   #1
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Good or Bad Skimmer?

I wanted to know if the Visi-Jet PS Protein Skimmer is good for the value. What i found interesting was that it was a venturi system for $30, all of the other venturi skimmers are about $100. Is this really too good to be true?

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YES- it is horrible! I had one and they are useless. All they do is add an enormous amount of microbubbles to your tank. HORRIBLE. You can read my review of it on this site in the product reviews. A seaclone, although not great, is 15x's better. Aqua-c is a good choice, but you get what you pay for with protein skimmers.
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Old 05-23-2004, 07:15 AM   #3
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Old 05-23-2004, 12:08 PM   #4
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then what would be a good skimmer for about 100-150 dollars for a 30 gallon tank
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I have a used remora with maxi jet 1200. I also have the rio 800 with surface skim box. All for $100 shipped PM me if you are interested.
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alot of people also use a CPR Bak Pak 2r skimmer. I bought one. (Although I dont have any LR or fish yet, so my tank has not produced any protien scum.)

I chose that one over the remora because the water is returned to the tank through a tube instead of the waterfall method. which cuts down on the sound alot.
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quote]I have a used remora with maxi jet 1200. I also have the rio 800 with surface skim box. All for $100 shipped PM me if you are interested.[/quote]

The remora is one of the best skimmers I've ever owned for a small tank, had a CPR bakpak 2R before the remora, and the remora skims circles around it. Awesome deal there, I'd jump on it!
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I just got an remora erchin for my sump, Yuck that stuff was in my tank. within 24 hours there was pungent material in the cup. dont go cheap on the skimmer.
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I love my Aqua C. It works great and was super easy to set up. I had a seaclone 100 before that for 2 monthes and I couldn't get it to do anything but add bubbles to my tank. The Aqua C was well worth the money.
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I have a used remora with maxi jet 1200. I also have the rio 800 with surface skim box. All for $100 shipped PM me if you are interested.
I also have the remora with a the MJ1200 and it is working great. I have had it set up for about two weeks and I have to dump the cup out almost every other day. I'm not to pleased with how the PH looks just hanging there though. Does it look any better(or work) with the Rio 800? I geuss I need that skim box, huh?
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