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Old 08-16-2009, 03:42 PM   #1
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skimmer for a newbie

My next purchase is my skimmer. If I do not have a sump, what would be the best bang for my buck? I am looking for an efficient, effective skimmer. I don't mind spending money,but still have ALOT of things to buy. If it's too complicated, it's not for me. Any brands to avoid? Features to insist on?
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Skimmers to avoid are the coralife skimmers and the seaclone. Try looking at the Reef Octopus HOB skimmer models. Here's a link: Hang on Back HOB Reef Octopus Protein Skimmers. They are the best skimmers for the money IMO. Very simple and they work great!
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I agree with Thom. HOB octopus skimmer.
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:16 PM   #4
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say no to the red sea prizm too. thats all i know about skimmers lol
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I've heard the best reviews about the Reef Octopus and also the CPRs.
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Thanks so much or the great info!
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:19 PM   #7
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I bought a SeaClone for my 90g fowler, mostly because of cost.
It seems to pull some junk out, but it's my 1st skimmer so I don't know what to look for.
But now a coupling is leaking, and from what I've heard around here I just ordered a Reef Octo. BH2000.
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I have the reef octopus bh100. Its an awesome skimmer. At first i had some trouble with it, but it was mostly my fault because i didnt put the air-hose on it to create the bubbles that trap the proteins. But after that everything worked fine. 5 Minutes ago i just cleaned out the collection cup. It was filled with murky water and disgusting thick crud lol. Its working A OK and i would recommend it to anyone who wants a HOB skimmer.

P.S. I thought it broke once, but the only thing that was broken was my brain xD
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Old 08-17-2009, 09:38 PM   #9
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I was looking at the BH1000. It was suggested for up to a 90g tank.
I have a 90g but decided to go w/ the BH2000 rated up to 125g or something. 20 bucks more...why not
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