Outstanding skimmer!! By Damon C. on 9/3/2015
Damon C. would recommend this product to a friend
I have this skimmer on my 210(TWV) system. I purchased a SM163 upon the recommendation of brs staff, prior to their instituting their "own" recommended tank sizes for the skimmers.
So I recieved the 163 and it began skimming in about 4 hours. It worked great, so I thought. Upon seeing the recommendations for my sized tank, I then ordered this 251. I thought and wanted to purchase the 253, simply because of the difference in air volume, and the DC pump that was on the 163.
But I must admit, the dual pump option looked great to me also! The skimmer, of course came unbuilt, but it only took 15 minutes or so to build and get into the stand. I plugged each independent power cable into my apex and turned it on. I was and still am amazed at the amout of bubbles and quiteness this thing produces and is. I can hear a slight hum if I am in the sump, but that is it. I set it basically with 4 threads showing on the air valve adjustment screws. 12 hours later, it was skimming.
Every since then, this "beast" has been pulling a crazy amount of skim. It has been going strong ever since! It filled up the collection cup for me after 36 hours with dark tea colored skimmate.
I wet skim because I have pellets, and I am always searching for a highly adjustable skimmer. WIth this unit, I can make a simple adjustment on the level control and it almost immediately respnds. It does not surge or lose it's skim level either. For the long term, since it does pull so heavily, I am going to set up a waste container with valve. But this one is a beast! A monster skimmer!
It's highly adjustable and easy to tune. A definate item that, if you have 200 gallons of water volume, I highly suggest taking a look at it.. It is an excellent piece of equipment..