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Incredible Value By Jack on 5/29/2014Jack would recommend this product to a friendI have been using this skimmer for over a year now in my 20g in a small 10g sump at around 6" of water and this thing is a beast (the recommended height is way too much). If you can't fit a skimmer with a side-mounted pump in your sump, which I couldn't, this skimmer is absolutely amazing and the price is something else. I feed pretty heavily on a daily basis and have to empty this every 10 days and I have a very nasty, opaque, black skimmate. Even though the water column height is drastically cut due to the bottom-mounted pump, with mine set to the bottom of the collection cup, and after 2 days of skimming, you can't see a thing because the entire neck and entire skimmer cup are filled with dense, long lasting nasty foam.
While there are a few drawbacks, the price totally negates them. The construction is a little shoddy (what do you expect in a $180 Chinese knock-off?) - I have a small leak in the seam on the cone, but that plugged itself up with skimmate and salt creep so no worries. As long as you take care of it, it'll serve you very, very well for a long time. Make sure you remove the pump every 4-6 months and completely pull it apart to remove calcium carbonate, biofilm, and the other gunk and clear out the venturi and it'll never let you down. Very simple construction and very easy to break clean.
My biggest problem with this skimmer is the noise it can make if you have a very, very quiet system without a silencer. I have a herbie and very quiet return, so the skimmer is the loudest component in my tank. Since it doesn't come with a silencer installed, you WILL hear the air intake - but the rest of the pump is quiet with negligible vibration. However, even the least handy person can build a silencer out of a pill bottle (I built a huge tennis ball can silencer) which will take care of your noise problem all together.
Get a skimmer with a side mounted pump if at all possible since you get almost 30% more height. If you can't, this is an invaluable piece of equipment you will be happy with.
I would NOT recommend this to anyone I know. By JAE on 2/24/2014JAE wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI've had this skimmer for about 8 months which it only worked max of 3 months in total. I've had to replace the pump twice due to manufacture issues. Doesn't pull out as much as it should when it does work. For the price just put a little more towards a better skimmer. Only thing the BM has on a good note is a small foot print.
For the Price & Footprint......Good Skimmer! By Eric B on 2/10/2014Eric B would recommend this product to a friendI have only had this skimmer set up for a day, but it broke in quickly and has already started to pull out a light tea-colored skimmate - after less than a day. The foam in the column is pure white, and has good turbidity. Given that it takes up about the same room as a reactor, and costs less than a couple hundred bucks, I am pleased. I do, however, look forward to seeing the skimmate improve as the break-in progresses.
dial it in By Kev on 10/24/2013Kev would recommend this product to a friendIf you're like me you research profusely before a purchase. I searched and talked to some of the local shops around my area. When I asked the shop I buy my coral from what they recommend, the owner told me that he would go for a bubble magus. I would strongly recommend it to anyone on a budget! It amazes me that BRS does not put the recommended stamp on it.
Great Skimmer! By Evan on 5/29/2013Evan would recommend this product to a friendThis is a great skimmer. Though, I got off to a confusing start. I have had skimmers before so I knew how to assemble a skimmer from experience. I assembled the Bubble Magus and placed it in my sump. I had to adjust my water level a little bit. Plugged it in and no bubbles. I took it back out to look it over and everything looked fine. Check the pump and the airline tubing and everything looked fine. I tried blowing down the airline tube that goes to the pump thinking there was debris in the tube. There was a thin layer of CLEAR plastic on the airline tubing elbow that goes into the fitting on the pump. Essentially the factory left a piece of plastic that prevented air to get to the pump and not cause bubbles.
Its been running for about a week and starting to pull out darker and darker skimmate. So far about 3 cups. I have mine in about 8 inches of water with the dial set at just barley under 5.
Great skimmer! Check for factory defects or left over plastic when cleaning before placing in your sump.
Good product By Tom on 12/28/2012Tom would recommend this product to a friendThis skimmers well built. It is also REALLY quiet! That's a big plus in my book. I love the small footprint on this skimmer and it's really good for tanks with small sumps nor limited space. Overall is a great product at a great price!
Quality product, bad instructions By max on 11/9/2012max would recommend this product to a friendAnother speedy order from BRS, product looks great out of the box extremely happy with it, great for confined space, will be using in a aqueon proflex sump 1, needs good cleaning, but ready to go
Perfect for small tanks By Casey on 10/30/2012Casey would recommend this product to a friendThis skimmer is very easy to maintain, provided it is placed somewhere with a constistent water level. Best skimmer I've used thus far!
Good Skimmer By Bryan on 8/9/2012Bryan would recommend this product to a friendIve had mine since Dec. 2011. Its on a 30g w/10g sump pulls about a half a cup of skimm a week. I have it runing at 6.5".
Just WOW By Codebrew12 on 1/10/2012Codebrew12 would recommend this product to a friendFor the money there is not a better deal. I hate to even say "for teh money" because this skimmer is top notch. You will not be sorry you purchased this little gem.
Great Price! Great Skimmer! By WestOhooligan on 10/18/2011WestOhooligan would recommend this product to a friendA cone skimmer for under $200? Absolutely. This is probably one of the best skimmers I've owned and live the small footprint as it is set on top of the pump. If you have a limited budget and space, I highly recommend this skimmer. It seems to perform best form me in about 7" of water. Produces really dark skimmate!
Perfect skimmer for "mid-size" nano! By Nathan on 9/28/2011Nathan would recommend this product to a friendBeen running this skimmer on my 30 gal cube for 6 mos. Nothing but good things to say this little guy has it all for the mid-size nanos with a sump - small footprint, quiet, adds no heat, pulls lots of good dark funk, and is very easy to clean. I was a little wary of the price but construction is solid. It's a great looking skimmer too! If your in the market for a skimmer of this size don't hesitate to buy this one! Outperforms remora, eshopps, and bakpak. Skilter, sea clone, and cheap skimmers can't touch it!
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- Needlewheel Protein Skimmer
- Model: BM-NAC3.5 CONE SKIMMER
- Tank Size: 25-80 Gallons
- Pump: Atman ph1100 (Made in China)
- Pump power: 8W
- Air Intake: 200 L/hr
- Dimensions: 4.5" x 6.6" x 17.1"
- Cylinder: 4"
- Water Level: 8"-10"
*At BRS we recommend using the tank size recommendation only as a guideline. There is no way these suggestions can accurately judge your particular tank because everyone has different livestock, feeding habits and maintenance schedules. A quality protein skimmer is a critical piece of equipment and can easily be the difference between a single year or a lifetime of success with your reef tank. This is the rule we suggest when choosing a skimmer. Choose the best possible skimmer that fits inside your budget and the space you have available. In the long run this will save you a fortune because you won’t feel the need to constantly upgrade your equipment.
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