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Old 07-01-2012, 04:14 PM   #1
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HOB Skimmer advice

I am going to get a new HOB skimmer for my 30 gal FOWLR tank. The nearby Canadian (BC) mail order FS has the following brands;

Aqua C Remora Hang-On Protein Skimmer with Drain Fitting ($160)
Coralife Super Protein Skimmer (Needle wheel) - up to 65 Gallon ($121)
CPR Hang-on Skimmers (no price)
Deltec MCE-300 Protein Skimmer($215)
Tunze Nano DOC Protein Skimmer - 9002 ($130)
Hydor Slim Skim Nano Protein Skimmer($110)
Red Sea Prizm Hang-On Skimmer($100)

If anybody has bad experiences or heard bad things, please let me know. None of the prices are out of my range, so don't let that matter.

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Old 07-01-2012, 09:27 PM   #2
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And the info doesn't have to be about these specific models. If a brand of skimmer is not very good, I'll take that into account.
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Old 07-01-2012, 10:22 PM   #3
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I hear the aqua C Remora is the best HOB Skimmer. Mine is getting shipped now. I can let you know when I get it.
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Old 07-01-2012, 11:14 PM   #4
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Right now I am leaning towards the CPR as they have a complete HOB sump. It has a skimmer and fuge with an add on light. It sounds like a perfect choice as I have no room for a regular sump.
Anybody ever used a CPR skimmer?
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:54 AM   #5
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AquaC Remora S HOB Skimmer is the way to go, no personal experience with it but have done tons of research on HOB skimmers and i dont think you can go wrong with it
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Old 07-09-2012, 05:41 PM   #6
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Well I finally had to go for it. I found a large CPR Aquafuge on eBay for $180 shipping included. Should be here in 3 days. Aqua C also had a HOB refugium skimmer but at 3 times the cost I couldn't do it.
It's a 4.5 gal fuge and skimmer so I'm hopeful it will do the job.
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Hope it works out!!!! Good luck!
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:52 PM   #8
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Fuge FINALLY showed up.

And this is the second gen CPR Aquafuge PS not the first like the eBay add showed. Nice. Now I just have to clean it and figure how to put it together. One of the acrylic brackets is very tight. I'm either going to have to lube it or plane it. This is probably why it was a second.
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:57 PM   #9
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Ok problems with the pump. It's an Odysea EX250 pump for my HOB fuge. I came home for lunch and I unplugged the pump to check the tank levels when the fuge drains down into the DT. It was working fine before hand. When I plugged it in afterwards the air is not getting sucked in the airhose like it was before. In fact the air hose is filling with water to the level of the fuge. I blew into the air line and it works, but when I stop blowing the tube immediately fills with water again. Argh
Any ideas. I'm off to work again and will look back here before I remove the pump and tear it appart.
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Never mind.
Unplugged it again and blew into hose. Plugged it in and all was fine.
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