Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-14-2013, 10:48 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dmolavi's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Sewell, NJ
Posts: 2,123
HOB Skimmer - Reef Octopus BH-100F opinions

For my 20G build, I'm looking for a HOB skimmer that will get the job done without breaking the bank. The RO BH-100F seems to fit the bill, and it appears to have an extra chamber for me to drop in some Purigen pouches. Has anyone used this model (or any other BH-100 family) from RO? I like this one not only because of the extra chamber, but because the bulk of the unit, pump included, is external to the tank.

Most online reviews have been favorable, but I haven't seen many recent ones.
__________________

__________________
dmolavi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2013, 01:54 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
MarinaClown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Marina Del Rey, CA
Posts: 790
Hi!
I set my BH 100 up yesterday. Set up took 15-20 mins. I don't have micro bubbles and it seems due to defoaming device that comes with the skimmer. Bubbles seem to be trapped in there instead of being released into tank.

It's not loud. I can hear a slight vibrating sound from the pump. My understanding it will quiet down as the skimmer settles in. Overall good value for your money.
I got mine from fragtasticreef. They didn't have one in stock when I ordered it so I had to wait for a week or so. Once they got it shipping was fast.
I spent a lot of time researching skimmers. Most people recommended HOB instead of internal skimmers like Tunze or Hydor Slim Skim.
A lot of people say that Aqua C Remora is really loud and Aquamaxx is $200...way more than BH100. My understand both have similar performance. Hope this helps.

Click image for larger version

Name:	image-2742295233.jpg
Views:	220
Size:	126.0 KB
ID:	159924


Click image for larger version

Name:	image-4215707421.jpg
Views:	216
Size:	157.5 KB
ID:	159925
__________________

__________________
60 Gallon SPS dominated reef tank.
MarinaClown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2013, 10:57 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dmolavi's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Sewell, NJ
Posts: 2,123
6 months later...how's the skimmer working for you, and what pump was included (OTP or Aquatrance)?

I'm debating whether my next big purchase should be a skimmer or the Tunze ATO.
__________________
20 gallon nano-reef torn down to make way for the 40B Reef (original thread and current update).
dmolavi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2013, 12:43 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
MarinaClown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Marina Del Rey, CA
Posts: 790
Quote:
Originally Posted by dmolavi View Post
6 months later...how's the skimmer working for you, and what pump was included (OTP or Aquatrance)?

I'm debating whether my next big purchase should be a skimmer or the Tunze ATO.
It's working really well on my 40 breeder. Skimming like a champ. The skimmer came with Aquatrance pump. If I had to do it again the only thing I would do differently is get a Reef Octopus HOB skimmer with an external pump. BH90 has an external pump.
If I were you I would invest in an RO/DI unit instead because it eliminates the need and dependency of going to the fish store for water. It also gives you more control over salinity, PH and trace elements you want to have in your aquarium.
__________________
MarinaClown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2013, 12:49 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dmolavi's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Sewell, NJ
Posts: 2,123
I already have an RO/DI unit, the ATO is so I don't have to lug jugs every couple of days to the tank

I thought the pump on the 100F was external (to the tank). Are you talking about external to the skimmer itself? The BH-90 was my other contender, but I like the option of dropping my Purigen in the body of the 100F and getting rid of the HOB filter that I use just for Purigen.
__________________
20 gallon nano-reef torn down to make way for the 40B Reef (original thread and current update).
dmolavi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2013, 01:03 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
MarinaClown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Marina Del Rey, CA
Posts: 790
Yeah outside the tank. I am planning another upgrade in 10 months and will go with a sump. Otherwise I would order the BH90 today because I am tired of looking at the giant pump sitting inside my aquarium. Heck I might order it anyway because 10 months of eyesore does not sound like fun.
__________________
MarinaClown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2013, 01:07 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dmolavi's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Sewell, NJ
Posts: 2,123
Thanks for the info. I thought the pump for the 100F was outside the tank. Knowing that it isn't, I'll go with the 90 instead. (My tank is only 20 gallons, so I don't need a gonzo huge skimmer anyway).
__________________
20 gallon nano-reef torn down to make way for the 40B Reef (original thread and current update).
dmolavi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2013, 01:15 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
MarinaClown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Marina Del Rey, CA
Posts: 790
Quote:
Originally Posted by dmolavi View Post
Thanks for the info. I thought the pump for the 100F was outside the tank. Knowing that it isn't, I'll go with the 90 instead. (My tank is only 20 gallons, so I don't need a gonzo huge skimmer anyway).
Mine is BH100. 100F has a slightly different design and it's pump might be sitting inside the skimmer itself rather than attached to plumbing inside the aquarium. Nevertheless, the cone shaped BH90 is more eye pleasing to me than the square BH100 or BH100F.
__________________
MarinaClown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2013, 01:21 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dmolavi's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Sewell, NJ
Posts: 2,123
Brain fart, sorry...I forgot you had the 100.

I'll have to do some more research on this...I'm still on the fence as to which one to buy.
__________________
20 gallon nano-reef torn down to make way for the 40B Reef (original thread and current update).
dmolavi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2013, 01:32 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
MarinaClown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Marina Del Rey, CA
Posts: 790
Have you thought about getting a Hydor Slim Skim Nano or Eshopps Nano with Sicce pump? BH100 series could be an overkill for a 20 gallon tank. I would call the manufacturer or a reputable retailer to see if Reef Octopus is worth the money. If you go with either of the nano skimmers mentioned above you will definitely save $50-$60 which will enable you to get an ATO system in addition to the skimmer. Only issue with those nano skimmers is that they are internal and if you don't have an overflow you will have the same issue I have with my pump inside the aquarium.
__________________

__________________
MarinaClown is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
hob, octopus, reef, reef octopus, skimmer

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.