Well I find it hard to believe that no matter what I buy there is always issues. Here is the short list.
coralife aqua lites at 250 dollars. The LED
moonlighting is unshielded. Despite mounting on legs and making quite certain no micro bubble spray was reaching the fixture all four LEDs failed in first month.
hydor flow deflectors. I have purchased six of these. To date only two are still functioning properly. I did not exceed recommended pump out put on any of them but the cheap plastic gearing just dos not hold up to 24/7 use. Despite cleanings in vinegar solutions and hours of attempts to make these things last.
Quite one pump is the only submersible that has functioned and is being use in sump for return pump.
Rio pump has failed outright which is the one I have been using on the skimmer.
Surge brand pump that also fails to initiate half the time. It has been relegated to my change water container due to this problem. This is the pump that my fourth skimmer came with but constantly having to pull skimmer out of sump to get pump to initiate led
me to the purchase of the Rio which has now failed.
Protein skimmer that the manufactures know full well are junk. Prism, sea clone and Berlin returned when found to perform woefully inadequate if at all.
Hydor heater. Works fine if room temperature is kept constant which pretty much defeats the entire purpose of the component. I have to guess what the room temp might drop to that night and set the thermostat accordingly in attempts to keep tank at consistent temperature.
Emporer 400 HOB
filter. Despite constant maintenance now only directs water to one half of filter media.
Pretty much everything I have purchased equipment wise has needed modification by end user, fails outright or does not perform as claimed. Simply put I can not continue with these purchases in the vain attempt I may stumble on something that functions as claimed.
I am by no means a newbie to aquarium keeping. I had freshwater tanks since the late seventies. Worked as maintenance for SW
show tanks in early and mid eighty's. These equipment problems only started to occur when I returned to the hobby six months ago. If your an old timer it is quite obvious by look and feel of equipment that it is just not made like it was in the past and as I have found out, fails to perform due to these cost cutting measures by the manufactures.