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Old 06-04-2008, 11:03 PM   #1
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I have a 75G tank and went to Big Als and they suggested I buy a Coral Life 125G one.

Has anyone bought this one and can give me a review?
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I had one. They are OK at best. You can get a better skimmer for about the same price. Check out the Octopus NW 150.
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I agree with cccapt look into the Octopus skimmers. They are affordable and work very well.
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Old 06-05-2008, 02:10 PM   #4
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Has anyone had experience with

BK

Royal Exclusiv Mini Bubble King 160 Protein Skimmer

AquaC

Aqua C EV-120 Protein Skimmer Package

Euro Reef 180

Euro-Reef RS180 Protein Skimmer w/pump* - AquaCave

Octopus NW 150

NW Octopus Protein Skimmers

Everyone is saying "you get what you pay for", and since cccapt and ziggy both recommend the Octopus I wanted to know if there is there a particular reason why the BK is like significantly different in price? I mean is it really worth that much?

And what is the difference between Needle wheel and recirculating
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Most recirculating skimmers are needle wheel. Needle wheel is just the type of impeller they use to break the air up as it is injected into the skimmer body. Recirculating means that the water is drawn into the pump from inside the skimmer body and then injected back into the skimmer. It allows for more contact time with the bubbles and skims better.

The bubble king is one of the better skimmers on the market. They are very expensive but work very very well. They are compact in size but do an amazing job.
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Old 06-05-2008, 02:35 PM   #6
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Most recirculating skimmers are needle wheel. Needle wheel is just the type of impeller they use to break the air up as it is injected into the skimmer body. Recirculating means that the water is drawn into the pump from inside the skimmer body and then injected back into the skimmer. It allows for more contact time with the bubbles and skims better.

So if Im just talking about the Octopus

Octopus DNW-150 is better than Octopus NW 150.


Hmm But wow the BK is like 500 more...



For my needs

(http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...by-103185.html)

Will a less costly model be fine? Or will I have to eventually replace it. (I dont want to do any upgrading later on)

I'm still not sure why protien skimmers need replacing, is it cuz they break, noise or ?
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I have a 75G tank and went to Big Als and they suggested I buy a Coral Life 125G one.

Has anyone bought this one and can give me a review?
I had this skimmer for my 72 bowfront and I absolutely hated it. It didn't work very well at all so I opted for an asm g-2.
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The BK's are top of the line equipment. I dunno if I could justify their price, but the design is close to perfect and pumps (Red Dragon) are high quality.

You will be happy with an Octo NW 150 for about $170 or DNW 150 for about $280. Before I would spend $280 on the recirc, I would get the Octo MSX 160 for $310.

I guess the question to you is how much do you want to spend?
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Out of the four I mentioned, i think i'm leaning towards the ER.

Any objections?
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That is basically the same as an Octo NW 200...for over double the price. $200 vs $450

I would never spend that for the ER. I would get an Octo MSX 200 for $360. It will blow away the ER and costs $90 less.
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