Unit to big for sump By JimA on 3/29/2016
JimA wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
It is so big it will not fit in the sump I am not sure what to do with it
Loved until pump died By Ryan on 3/20/2016
Ryan wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Absolutely great skimmate produced after just a few days. Short break in period. I haven't even owned this one month and the pump stopped working. Hope BRS will replace.
Excellent By Xecros on 3/14/2016
Xecros would recommend this product to a friend
I just recently bought this Skimmer in preparation for building my tank. I did a lot of review readings, and comparisons to other makes and models. Probably a good solid 48 hours worth of research.
For my tank size (55 gallon), for the price, this skimmer is hands down, the best you can get.
Having said that, there is a problem with balance, (stability). Fully assembled, without any water, not running, it will stand on it's own. But, it will easily tip over with the slightest pressure. If your going to remove the skimmer cup for cleaning, use 2 hands! One hand to hold the skimmer in place, the other hand to pull off the skimmer cup.
My plan to overcome/fix this annoyance, is to silicone the damn thing in place. I plan to use 3 or for dabs of silicone, and silicone it in place. Kinda like spot welding, I'll be spot siliconing the bottom of the skimmer to the sump itself.
Great Product By crabs_mcjones on 3/5/2016
crabs_mcjones would recommend this product to a friend
I upgraded to this unit from the Seaclone 100 and have noticed a night and day difference. This skimmer works excellent and is a grwat buy at a great price.
Wonderful Skimmer By James on 2/21/2016
James would recommend this product to a friend
I love this skimmer. The pump is super quiet, and the collection cup has a waste drain that i port to an empty wine bottle. I cant really fit my hand into the skimmer for cleaning but that is not worth subtracting a star over due to the great value of the skimmer.
Great for the money By Chase on 2/5/2016
Chase would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer works real well. It is quiet and effective. Although, the break in period was a bit long for me. However, that could have been due to the fact that i have this thing running on a system of 35 gallons total water volume. I have owned this skimmer for a while and the higher the bioload gets the better this thing performs. It skimmed wet for me at first but i only had one fish so you could say it just didnt have enough to skim out in the first place.
The best entry level skimmer By Yak on 1/4/2016
Yak would recommend this product to a friend
I tried this, the coralife super skimmer 125, and the aquac urchin pro. I like this one the best by far. Easiest to dial in, starts pulling black crud out immediately.
Awesome Skimmer! By Jeremy on 11/15/2015
Jeremy would recommend this product to a friend
I had this skimmer on a 65g mixed reef, and it's the best skimmer I've ever used. It pulls out skimmate that has the consistency of chocolate pudding, The gate valve makes fine tuning this pretty easy and a foam head forms almost immediately. Even though the directions were pretty terrible, it doesn't take more than 5 minutes to assemble. I gave it a 5/5 despite the poor directions because it performed so awesome. I'll definitely be using the classic again when I upgrade.
Unstable, tough to tune By Geekymitch on 11/10/2015
Geekymitch would recommend this product to a friend
Seems like a decent enough skimmer...but trying to adjust to get a nice dry skimmate is virtually impossible. It's either wet, or it's not at all. Incredibly frustrating. Because of the weight of the pump and it being outside the skimmer, the thing is also very prone to tipping - like, every time you try to remove the collection cup.
INCREDIBLY sensitive to change in water level - I built a stand for it, which works ok...but since it's also very prone to tipping, it's not the most ideal solution.
The sound of flowing water coming out of the valve is also quite loud...making this by FAR the loudest piece of my setup. I intentionally setup a bean animal to keep volume down, but this skimmer sort of made it a moot point.
It is what it is and in some ways you do get what you pay for. This is an inexpensive skimmer, and it behaves like it from a design perspective. I does remove crud from the tank, albeit usually found in the water that flows out of the collection cup rather than in the cup itself.. It will certainly do fine while I'm just running softies in a massively understocked tank...but once I really start stocking, I'll likely be ditching this in favor of something with an internal pump, quieter operation, and more known for easy tuning.
great product, good construction By Mitch on 6/16/2015
Mitch would recommend this product to a friend
For me being a newbie i really like this skimmer it was very easy for me to tune it and its very quiet