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Old 12-31-2013, 09:30 AM   #1501
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I've had the Reef Octopus NWB150 6 Pinwheel In Sump Protein Skimmer, since the beginning. I can't compare it with others, as it's the only one I've had, but I think it does a great job. Pulls out a lot of crap. It was very easy to dial in. The only downside was how loud it was initially, but you can make a DIY silencer with PVC super easy and cheap. The other need-to-know is that it needs fairly consistent water depth. It will work well once dialed in, and also within plus or minus 1/2" of water and then it will start to overflow.
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Well sadly, I already have that skimmer. It's way too big and doesn't skim at all. I've tried working with the company, but they say it is all because it is too big.
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Old 12-31-2013, 03:47 PM   #1503
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So, with the MP40 coming on Thursday I decided to take pictures of the end of my tanks. I can't decide on where to try placement. I'd like it in the middle, but since my rockscape is through the center of the tank that would make things more difficult. Obviously don't mind the current powerheads as they can/will be removed upon adding the MP40 to one side. Forgive the poor quality of the pictures, lights are just coming on and there is a wall to deal with.

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I don't recall if you have a sump or not but if you do then I would mound it at the end opposite your overflow box and I would put it about 1/3 the way down from the top. The rock being in the middle will not be an issue with an mp40, the create such a strong current that the water will flow everywhere. I have 2 on my 90 and can't find a low flow spot for my duncan.
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:14 PM   #1505
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Easy enough to do, and yes there is a sump...the big annoying pipe going down in the one picture is in route down there. I can't wait. Any input on a skimmer?
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I believe my skimmer is an swc forget the the number but it's big and beefy and works well, compared to the old remora hob i had everything is big and beefy lookin.
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These guys?
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:50 PM   #1508
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You'll just have to move the mp40 around and see where you like it the most, I've moved mine about 5 times.
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Ya that's the ones, I believe mine is the 160 model down toward the bottom. It has worked well for me so far.
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But it is rated way bigger and heavier stocked than what mine is KD.
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It's all about fore thought, plan for the future lol. They should have something rated for your system and load.
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Happy new year btw, hope the next year brings you all sorts of good news to report and a conquer of the issues your battling.
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Thanks. Things are going well. In terms of forethought, that's what the nwb150 is for!
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Ok, so I have begun researching. Right now, I'm thinking about a bubble magus. This one to be exact. Bubble Magus NAC-Series In-Sump Needle Wheel Protein Skimmers w/ Bubble Plate

Other than that, things continue as normal. Tomorrow the MP40 arrives with the rest of the garbage I ordered that isn't worth mention.
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I've continued researching skimmers. The AquaC ones are interesting to say the least. Still very undecided.
Fed the tank and pulled out some algae here and there. Minor stuff. Only neat thing was seeing some astera stars up on the back glass. Been awhile since I've seen any, so kinda cool.
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Finally installed the mp40. Really cool. I put it off to the side of the aquascape rather than infront of the rocks. Just made good sense that way. Here is a quick pic of it. 
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Old 01-05-2014, 06:55 PM   #1517
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I just recently installed an eshopps skimmer on a frag tank at my store that I had leftover from selling them a while back. Finally pulled it out of the box and set it up. Gotta say the little bugger works quite well and s quiet. I have a Reef Octopus Diablo to install next so jury is out on that as far as skimming but I mat say between the two the Eshapos goes together much easier & fully disassembles for cleaning.
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Nice on the MP40! Don't get too attached to its placement.... I've moved mine up/down/left/right about a dozen times since I put my MP10 on... Any thoughts on the mode you will run?
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I've already moved the MP40 once. Pretty optimal place right now. It is currently in tidal swell mode. Jury is out. I originally wanted short pulse, but didn't like it as much as I thought I would.
Keith, how is the skimming out of the Eshopps? Just really need to get a skimmer that'll work on this system.
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I am actually very happy with the skimming. It is foaming like a monster and was actually skimming same day as it was setup.
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