Definitely Recommend By Stratos on 1/12/2016
Stratos would recommend this product to a friend
This little skimmer is perfect for my small setup. I have it in the sump of a 30 gallon, takes virtually no space, can adjust the height very easy and is very powerful. Once it breaks in (about a week or so) it's a little monster.
Good skimmer, with proper application. By Mitch on 12/17/2015
Mitch would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer works it's tail off, if you take the time to adjust it. There are three ways to adjust this skimmer. #1: The mounting bracket will adjust the depth of the skimmer in water. #2: The retaining ring that holds the skimmer reaction chamber will allow you to adjust the depth of the skimmer in water. (Note, this skimmer is designed to surface skim the water entering it. So adjust this to allow that to happen.) #3: The standpipe where the water exits the skimmer will adjust up and down, raising the water level in the reaction chamber. It took me a few days to break in. Then about a week to adjust for optimal skimmate. It sounds a lot more difficult than it is. The footprint is about the size of the BRS single reactor. I think this skimmer was built more for people without a sump, as it is a hang on, inside the tank. If you are looking for a minimalist approach as I was, and stay within the BRS suggested tank size, this skimmer is a no brainer!
Flimsy design By igvm on 11/25/2015
igvm wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
The design is not really thought through.
The mounting bracket does not work with rimmed Aqueon aquariums.
In HOB configuration, the ring with the screw hold the skimmer at certain depth, but in order to remove/put on the skimmate collection cup and to adjust the foam you have to apply vertical force to the unit, and it is very easy to shift the unit up or down in that ring because the screw does not really hold it well.
The piece of pipe connecting the pump to the chamber does not fit the pump snugly, so the pump tends to simply fall off if you are not careful. I had to put some teflon tape around the pipe to make it fit better.
I heard many recommendations for Octopus brand, but this particular model does not improve the brand image.
On the bright side, the performance in terms of skimming seems to be good.
Great Little Skimmer By BlueJaw on 9/4/2014
BlueJaw would recommend this product to a friend
I have this skimmer on my 20gal long open loop system. I have a 10gal sump in the stand and this skimmer sitting in the first baffle chamber for a constant level. This thing is great! I have the 100 hang on the back version on my 40 gal and its a 2/5 at best but this little bh50 does a great job. It super easy to use, MUCH easier to set up and adjust than the 100, and I think it does a better job as well. Highly recommend this product!
Great Skimmer By lwood on 5/24/2014
lwood would recommend this product to a friend
I used a corallife 65g for my 55 column & I must say this new little fellow rivals that, the removable cup makes this bad boy a 10/10 on cleaning and along with my nano bio reactor it is the perfect fit into my proflex fuge in chamber 3. Fyi, this skimmer needs a constant water level to perform. 3.99/5 overall because the actual unit was missing the hole to put the airline tube through. . . And the suction cups are flakey at best and require light touch not to fall off the pumping unit. The acclimation period is about 1 hour and also if you decide on this skimmer keep in mind your best results come from a surface skim which you can see from online videos but not the instructions.