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Old 11-19-2004, 09:19 AM   #11
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IMHO the Berlin is just a notch above a SeaClone. While when set it can be productive (as the Clone can be too). But they are touchy. The Aqua C skimmers are good because they are simple and true plug and play. They are not the best skimmers on the market but for the price and reliability they are top notch. For a 33 gallon even with a sump the remora HOB or the urchin in sump model would be fine. A pro model can handle a 75 gallon with ease and depending on the bio load I would have no reservation about it going up to a 100 gallons. It has always been my stance that there is such a thing as over skimming and stripping the water of nutrients that are better served elsewhere (food for other critters).

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Old 11-19-2004, 12:34 PM   #12
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Man, I swear I only read good things about them before I got mine

I got to get this thing modded I guess

*180 gal Display, 100 gal basement sump, 33 gal refugium, 3x250 MH, 2x160 VHO actinics, zoos, some softies, LPS & lots of acros and other SPS.
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Old 11-19-2004, 01:13 PM   #13
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What size of tank can the aqua C go up to. I realize its probably the best one since everyone here rants about it, but how big of tank is it effective with?
For Marine Tanks Sizes: 40 - 120 gallons.
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Old 11-19-2004, 02:30 PM   #14
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I would not run a standard remora on anyting bigger than a 45 and i would hold the pro to about 75 gallons. The manufacturers always inflate the ratings. These are from my experiances and feedback from alot of customers.
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Old 11-20-2004, 12:38 AM   #15
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I agree with Darin on the Remora specs. Once you get into the Aqua C EV series though, the sky is the limit. The EV 400 is rated for up to a 600 gal tank although, again agreeing with Darin, I think most skimmers are overrated by the manuf.
As far as the Berlin Classic goes, it should have a Mag Drive pump...either a Mag 5 or 7. I believe the Turbo models are the ones that have pump problems. I have a Classic on a 180g using a Mag 7 and it has performed flawlessly for over a year. I never adjust it...all I ever do is clean it and empty the effluent container (1 gal jug). True, it's not a great skimmer, but it is a good one. Be careful not to overtighten the fitting that screws into the venturi as the skimmer body will crack easily in this area. Although I know a 180 is a bit much for this skimmer, so far it's been doing an acceptable job. As soon as I can get the customer to spend the money though, I'll probably upgrade the tank to an Aqua C EV 240 .
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Old 11-21-2004, 02:53 PM   #16
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Thanks everyone for your comments... Sounds like this Berline will serve me just fine (or should I say my tank mates)... I will try to keep it somewhat low on the bubbling side as to not 'over' skim the small 33 gallon tank. It hasn't needed any adjustments to get a good consistent foam, as I don't have much bio load yet so it is nice and consistent.

Anyway, mine is running with a RIO-2100 so has good waterflow quite similar to the mag pumps. Anyway, thanks for everyone's help!!!

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