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Old 02-13-2004, 01:05 PM   #1
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I am fed up with my skimmer!

I have a red sea prizm deluxe skimmer on a 65 gallon tank. It worked GREAT for awhile. It broke down and I had to have the motor replaced after about six months. Not having a skimmer for a few weeks I got a cyano breakout. Now it is not working again, I had it fixed (impeller) and it only works if the intake tube is placed at the exact right location into the impeller. This means that I can get it to work if I wiggle it just right, but 20 minutes later it will not be. I am still trying to make a brace to hold it in the "perfect" position but to no avail.

Consequently, I now have a hair algae AND a cyano breakout. I am fed up, and thinking of buying a new skimmer. Money is a little tight right now and I need one that is a hang on model and easy to use. Any suggestions for a frustrated reef keeper?
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Old 02-13-2004, 05:15 PM   #2
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I am fed up, and thinking of buying a new skimmer. Money is a little tight right now and I need one that is a hang on model and easy to use. Any suggestions for a frustrated reef keeper?
I am running an Aqua C and I love it. Costs around $160, but it is one great skimmer.
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Old 02-13-2004, 05:20 PM   #3
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I am running an Aqua C and I love it. Costs around $160, but it is one great skimmer.
I ran an AquaC Remora skimmer as well until my recent upgrade.. It worked awesome. I never had even a single problem with it on my 55gal.. I just recently upgraded to the AquaC ev180.. I wold stand behind AquaC and state that the Quality is top notch..

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For a 65g reef I think the would stretch the AquaC remora a little too far, I would recommend the AquaC remora pro with surface skimmer attatchment, but the regular AquaC is very good and may handle your tank....
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For a 65g reef I think the would stretch the AquaC remora a little too far, I would recommend the AquaC remora pro with surface skimmer attatchment
Yes I agree with this.. The Remora did a good job on my 55g reef however The pro would have done a much better job..
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but the regular AquaC is very good and may handle your tank
IMO both of the Remoras will do a better job than the red sea prizm deluxe skimmer... The EV180 even though its a bit more expensive would "Rock Your Tanks World" It sure does on my 55gal and I can place it on a larger tank when I upgrade to a bigger tank..

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Thank you for all of the responses. I have already contacted Darin to check on the costs! Looking forward to "clearer days"!
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For a 65g reef I think the would stretch the AquaC remora a little too far, I would recommend the AquaC remora pro with surface skimmer attatchment, but the regular AquaC is very good and may handle your tank....
I agree with Kevin 100%.
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I have an aqua C on my 65 gallon and it does a GREAT job. Pulls out lots of gunk.

Very happy with it
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I have an aqua C on my 65 gallon and it does a GREAT job. Pulls out lots of gunk.
I am sure the guys only mentioned the above because the Aqua C is only rated to go upto ~65 gallons. Its always better to get the biggest skimmer you can afford (to a point that is).
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I'm not saying anything about the aquaC remora, I have one and love it, but an undersized skimmer will always look like it's doing a bang up job, it never finishes pulling the stuff out, so it is always producing. An appropriately sized skimmer will skim like gang busters for a few days/weeks then production will likely drop off considerably as it is keeping up with the organics. I have always been one that believes in going bigger than the manufacturer recommends, I believe even good manufacturers are a little ambitious of their products capabilities. This is just my opinion, based on my experience and prejudices and is no more valid than anyone elses
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