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Old 01-23-2013, 10:27 AM   #1
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Protein skimmers which one?

Bubble magus 7
Bubble magus nac 7
Reef octopus 8 pinwheel

they all cost the same. there size differ but im going to build my sump around my skimmer after I get it. I have a 125 with 40 sump. Mixed reef, prolly do the one inch of fish for every 10 gals. How much ever that bio load will be. Im running my skimmer rated just a little more than my aquarium size. But do to my low budget my gf gave me I cant get the one I would like to have. All these have pretty good reviews. What do you all think? Pump? Best results? Those type of questions for these three skimmers. Thanks
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:39 AM   #2
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The inches of fish per gallon rule doesn't work for salt water. You are going to have to go to live aquaria or similar and research each fish you are interested in.
I have the first generation nwb200, which is your octo 8" skimmer, and it's not a bad skimmer. The footprint is somewhat large though, and I can't find any information about how much air it draws. I would prefer an Octo extreme with the Sicce psk1000 pump.

I also have a Bubble Magus cone. While the acrylic is a little thinner than the Octo, it seems to pull more crud for it's size. Both are about the same in terms of noise. The BM's footprint is MUCH smaller though. Mine is the BM180EX with the Atman ph4000, which pulls 1050 liters of air per hour. As for longevity....I'm not sure. I have used this skimmer since Oct of 2011.
I would recommend BM products.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:42 AM   #3
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Btw...in my search I noticed this one.....
RLSS R6-I 6 Internal Skimmer with Speed Controlled DC3000 Pump"
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:05 PM   #4
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How much did u pay for the bm 180
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:24 PM   #5
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$284.99 off of Ebay. I believe they discontinued this model though, and replaced it with the NAC9.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:39 PM   #6
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Ok thanks what do u think of this one. I asked marine depot and the gave me some choices of good better and best pump. Bm nac 6 and 7 the best was aquamaxx ecomaxx em 200. What do u think. He said the pump was better. He said the reef octopus is a good skimmer but its backorderd for 4 weeks.
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Well, all I can go by is the pumps they use. the Sicce pumps are pretty good skimmer pumps. They pull a lot of air and water for the amount of energy they use.
The Aquamaxx skimmers didn't adopt the conical design though, which many are saying is a better design. I don't see any data anywhere proving this however. I asked a rep for Eshoppes about the cone skimmers and he just shrugged his shoulders and said "eh...they have the cone skimmers, so we have the cone skimmers"...lol.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:36 PM   #8
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http://www.google.com/shopping/produ...hsec:-overview


What do I think about this one. Its rated for a 125 but it has ths bubble blaster
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:49 PM   #9
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Or the reef octopus diablo xs 160
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I'm not sure about the Bubble Blaster pumps. I haven't had the opportunity to run one yet, but the Diablo seems like a decent choice.
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