Works great - disappointed in noise By Starrme on 4/29/2013
Starrme would recommend this product to a friend
Overall: I would buy again.
- Works great! Added this skimmer to a newly setup tank and was producing skimmate within a couple of hours.
- Easy to clean
- NOISY. I really couldn't believe how loud this skimmer was due to splashing noises. I've added the DIY mod and can hardly hear it now but am still annoyed that the manufacturer hasn't fixed this design flaw.
- The water height is narrow and required a lot of manipulation to get setup correctly
- It isn't balanced (tips to one side) so was challenging to place on raised platform without falling over.
produced skimmate within 2 hours By jd on 4/17/2013
jd would recommend this product to a friend
This things blows the function of a previous ebay skimmer (clone) that
I had out of the water. It produced skimmate in my nano tank within a few hours. I have not had a quality skimmer before and was impressed right away with the solidity of the unit. It is solid and not cheaply made.
I was not impressed that I had to mod the output of the water, not a big deal, went to hardware store and attached PVC to silence the outflow of water. I saw that the manufacturer sells them for like 30bucks, I spent about $4. I was also not packaged the proper length of pipe that attaches to the gate valve. I had to elevate the skimmer and play with the water level (along with my ATO) such that the output of water was not occluded and the collection cup did not overflow. I called BRS and they could not recommend anything for this. Not impressed with the amount of money I spent related to this or the DIY silencer I bout on day one for the gate valve output. The pump did not come with feet and a bottom either. I dont know if I got a repacked or poorly packaged product. The plug for the skimmate output through tubing does not fit properly either, I will not be using the tubing to drain skimmate related to this, not a biggie but once again not what expected for money spent.
Aside from these issues, the pump works well and as mentioned produces big time.
As mentioned, product is not flimsy, well made. comes with instructions that are fairly easy. I have not had a quality skimmer before so it took me a few minutes to figure out how to assemble even with the directions.
The unit includes a silencer for air hose, it works fairly well and was nice to have included.
Overall, despite little detractors, I would order again and would recommend to a friend as well.
Awesome Skimmer for the Price By Brandon on 4/8/2013
Brandon would recommend this product to a friend
I bought it for a custom built sump. It fit great thanks to the measurements on BRS Awesome Skimmer it was pulling nasty stuff out in no time. I did not like hearing the water splash out of the outlet due to the fact they recommend 5.5 to 5.75 inch deep sump . So I put a 90 on it pointed of to the side and its whisper quiet now.
Excellent product By Rob on 3/31/2013
Rob would recommend this product to a friend
Bought two coralife skimmers in the past year and they keep getting jammed. Poor quality and poor design. Then the lfs recommended reef octopus. I researched and decided to invest in this product. You can tell its high quality material right off the bat. It's been running for a week and I haven't regretted this thing for a second. The crap it pulls out is amazing! The bubble cloud it produces is by far the best I've ever seen. Highly recommend!!!
Quality product By Jeremy on 3/29/2013
Jeremy would recommend this product to a friend
I have this on a 75g system and it works great. When you open the box you can feel and see the quality. The pump is also a high quality product. I would highly recommend this product on systems <100G.
works great By John on 3/28/2013
John would recommend this product to a friend
got this for my 40 breeder its working great!!
great skimmer By matt on 3/23/2013
matt would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer is an extremely good value and well built. Pulls some really good gunk out of my tank. Gate valve makes fine tuning very easy.
Awesome BUY! By Christian on 3/21/2013
Christian would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer works awesome. I am very happy with the performance and the value behind this product. I am currently using for my 65gal Column tank, and it removes alot of gunk from the water. It's amazing how much stuff it removes, and how you can barely see the gunk in the water.
best skimmer for money By ian on 3/13/2013
ian would recommend this product to a friend
put it together and pluged it in less than an hour and it was producing some of the nastest skim ive ever had to smell its way worth the money and a great invertment
WOW By Brian on 1/15/2013
Brian would recommend this product to a friend
Got this skimmer for a 75 gal and it's amazing!
Decent Skimmer By Jason on 1/7/2013
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
I've been running this skimmer for about 8 months now and for the most part, it's been a very solid skimmer, granted the only one I've ever had experience with. It's very easy to clean out, with the exception of the inside. It is one solid piece of acrylic with only a small opening in the neck. Soaking in vinegar for a could days pretty much does the trick, but would be nice if there was easier access to scrub with a brush.
Works like a charm By Jesse on 12/18/2012
Jesse would recommend this product to a friend
I recently upgraded to 93 cube from a 29 Bio Cube so this is my first skimmer. It was really easy to set up and started pulling out this nasty looking blackish brown stuff with in hours. Hard to imagine i ran a tank for 2 yrs with out a skimmer. Oh and its silent can't tell that its on.