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Old 02-16-2014, 02:14 PM   #1
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skimmer vs skimmer vs skimmer

hi guys, i would like some opinions on these three skimmers. which one of the three is the best? i need a HOB skimmer and these are the ones that my lfs carry
Eshopps PSK 75H
Amazon.com: Eshopps PSK-75H Hang-On Protein Skimmer - Up to 75 gal.: Pet Supplies
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Amazon.com: Eshopps PSK-100H Hang-On Protein Skimmer 75-100 Gallons: Pet Supplies
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Reef Octopus BH100 Hang-on-the-Back Protein Skimmer - Bulk Reef Supply
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Most folks I know prefer the Reef Octos over the Eshopps. How large is the tank, and what will the bioload be like? Folks might be able to make a better recommendation with that info.
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Most folks I know prefer the Reef Octos over the Eshopps. How large is the tank, and what will the bioload be like? Folks might be able to make a better recommendation with that info.
for now, it's a regular 29gal heavily stocked. This is a skimmer that I'm going to use once I upgrade my current tank to a 65gal. I'm planning ahead so that I don't have to buy another skimmer later down the road.
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I have an eshopps psk-75h over a 20 and it does well. I have 4 fish and I pull a cup a week.
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I have an eshopps psk-75h over a 20 and it does well. I have 4 fish and I pull a cup a week.
thanks for the input. I'm trying to gather enough info before I pull the trigger.

also, I will convert the current 29gal to a sump later on for the bigger tank.

any other good skimmer recommendation is welcomed also
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None of these are going to be sufficient for a 65 gallon in my opinion. If the 29 is going to be a sump, then skip the hang on back skimmer and go for one of the reef octopus in sump skimmers, or if price is a big issue the Bubble Magus skimmers are not bad...

Bubble Magus BM-NAC3.5 Cone Protein Skimmer - Bulk Reef Supply

The 3.5 would do ok on a 65... the NAC7 would be even better.
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I would also agree on the Reef Octopus if choosing between those 3 hob skimmers.
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If price is a major concern I would go with the eshopps. I have three and like them the best out of all my skimmers.

Get the biggest skimmer you can fit for now, hopefully that will be enough for the 65 when you get it going. But if you are going with a sump i would definitley look into an in sumo model.
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I'm with Fort384. I like Bubble magus for the money. I would go a step larger than the one he posted though, for a 65.
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If price is a major concern I would go with the eshopps. I have three and like them the best out of all my skimmers.

Get the biggest skimmer you can fit for now, hopefully that will be enough for the 65 when you get it going. But if you are going with a sump i would definitley look into an in sumo model.
thanks Carey and everyone else. the fact that Eshopps PSK100H has pump outside of the tank is a plus and the reputation behind Reef Octopus have me torn between the two units. i really need a high quality video of the unboxing of the Reef Octopus since all the videos i have seen so far aren't that great and i would like an idea of how much space it takes up inside the tank
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