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Old 11-11-2013, 11:12 PM   #11
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I am a fan of Hydor recirculating skimmers.
i am looking these up and I can't seem to find any... Maybe another name?
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:51 AM   #12
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JNS SK-5 Skimmer,JNS Protein Skimmers,Protein Skimmer,Aquarium Skimmer,Aquarium Protein Skimmer,JNS Skimmer,Shark Skimmers
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:07 PM   #13
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I had a lot of skimmers in the past. The best one I have and so far was life reef skimmers they are custom made to order and the owner is amazing. If something breaks you send it to him and he will fix it for free. I am an avid supporter of Lifereef after I had a king bubbler break and when I called for help they simply didn't help me much, and their repair jobs sucked. If I were you I would check out Lifereef
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:18 PM   #14
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A lot also depends on your budget
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Old 11-13-2013, 12:33 AM   #15
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A lot also depends on your budget
Bugdet is a huge issue on this topic
Been reading up on CADlights skimmers, They are expensive but the reviews on them seem to be really good
And they are great space savers with the pump located UNDER the skimmer
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:12 AM   #16
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I personally am running a Bubble Magus Curve 7 and would recommend them to anyone. however I was reading the Marine Depot catalog the other day when I noticed that Reef Octopus now has a DC pump skimmer... with a digital controller. this allows us to control the power of the pump instead of messing with adjustment pipes (of course you can still fine tune with the pipe. )

looking back id buy one of these now if I could.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:57 AM   #17
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I am a fan of Hydor recirculating skimmers.
+1 on the Hydors recirculating units. Mr SaltwaterTank did a review and explained how they work as well. 7 Months With The Hydor Performer 2005 Recirculating Skimmer - YouTube

Here is the Hydor page: Performer Skimmers, Skimmers, Technical Products
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I've tried a few different skimmers over the last few years including eshopps,red sea,bubble magus and ended up with a mrc -2r recirculating skimmer ,it's extremely quiet,pulls out a ton of gunk,very reliable and not nearly as touchy sensitive as some of the ones I've seen.
Same basic principe as with the hydro and other recirculating skimmers just with with a larger motor ,... I think it's all going to boil down to your budget,your tank, where you want to install it wether it'll be in sump or out,overall footprint needed ,design features you like etc, there's a lot of good ones out there you just gotta push the right button for YOU.
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So, in the end you want the most water and air intake and a needle wheel that chops the finest bubbles. Those factors, along with how much electricity they use will be what makes one skimmer better than another.
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