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
Pretty darn good skimmer for the price By Andrew on 5/18/2015
Andrew would recommend this product to a friend
Been going strong for close to three years on my 75g tank. Pulls out some nasty gunk. A little finicky when dialing it in, but it does a great job at this price point. I think if I were to upgrade, I'd need to spend a significant amount to get a better result, so this is a very good value.
Stay away from Reef Octopus By California Mixed Reef on 4/9/2015
California Mixed Reef wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Buy any other skimmer on BRS except Reef Octopus. If any issues they are not allowed by Coralvue to return the skimmer or refund your money. I have been going back and forth with their customer service after purchasing elsewhere and they keep giving me the run around. While the BBB rates BRS an A+, Coralvue (the company that makes Reef Octopus) is not accredited and has a rating of D. Before sending replacement parts or refunding they will want you to perform test on faulty equipment and send them video of the malfunction. I have filed a complaint on Coralvue (reef octopus) with the BBB. Keep away from any Reef Octopus item customer service is a nightmare.
Skimmer tips over easy and is finincky. By oseymour on 3/15/2015
oseymour wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
The skimmer is well built but I had a couple of issues. The pump that is hanging on the side makes the skimmer tip over easily, every time I had to empty the collection cup, the skimmer would tip over. It also has a large footprint with the pump and exit pipe. It also takes a while to get dialed in
Solid Skimmer By Sean on 2/16/2015
Sean would recommend this product to a friend
Very sturdy and stable, small footprint is perfect for my sump.
quiet By j roush on 12/16/2014
j roush would recommend this product to a friend
this skimmer is super quiet and started skimming immediatly
Good but. . . By Ryan on 11/25/2014
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
This is a great skimmer but in the first year I've already had to replace an impeller because it broke in half. other than that its a great skimmer and the smell of the liquid coming out is like sewage so that's nice.
Perfect fit By Johnny Sea on 10/25/2014
Johnny Sea would recommend this product to a friend
I have a small sump and had very limited space. This skimmer works very well and easy to adjust.
Great skimmer for a good price. By Camellia on 10/9/2014
Camellia would recommend this product to a friend
I've been using this skimmer for over a year and have had it on two builds. Currently it's on a 75 gallon with 20 gallon sump and still working like a champ.
I was a newbie when I bought this, it was my first skimmer and I had little problems getting it dialed in and skimming nice.
It needs a good vinegar bath every 6 months or so for best performance.
Great Skimmer By Jordo on 9/25/2014
Jordo would recommend this product to a friend
This is an excellent entry level skimmer. I purchased this for my new 75G build. I have a total water volume of 90ish gallons and this skimmer keeps up great. Started to produce good dark gunk after 3 or 4 days of breaking in. 1st week it was really dark the started to lighten up so I know it outperforms at my level of bioload. Excellent performance for its price point. I would recommend!
Works By Skrappy on 8/31/2014
Skrappy would recommend this product to a friend
Works well, easy to install.
Good Skimmer By DE on 8/25/2014
DE would recommend this product to a friend
This is a good skimmer and I like how it works, but I have to say that in the beginning I had problem adjusting the foam level in it and I did a modification to it that worked well. Basically, I added two control valves on the skimmers air intake; this way I precisely managed and controlled the level of foam. That being said, I think the manufacturer should have done this in the first place. Anyway, it works great now. Anyone, who has the same problem email me and I will send you instructions on how to do it. firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Quality Skimmer for a Fair Price By Chris on 7/22/2014
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
I ran this skimmer for about 7 months on about 85 gallons of system water with no problems and good results. Relatively quiet pump for the price. Pulled good skimate after about a week, but continually got even better once fully broken in and dialed in.
Value By q on 7/16/2014
q would recommend this product to a friend
for the price, it works wonder. using this skimmer on a 75 gallon with no problem
Great skimmer value By John on 7/7/2014
John would recommend this product to a friend
I have a 75 gallon mixed reef with a 29 gallon aquarium used for my sump, divided into three chambers. This skimmer fits nicely into my first chamber. After shopping around and reading the reviews I am glad I bought this one. I have had it for 18 months now and it is still working great.
Pretty good skimmer By AJChurch on 6/19/2014
AJChurch would recommend this product to a friend
Been running for a while a good skimmer for the money built well. Started pulling skimate within 4 hours. Does a good dry skim. So far working well.
Great deal By Charles on 4/26/2014
Charles would recommend this product to a friend
Perfect fit for my new sump. After shopping around and reading the reviews I am glad I bought this one. I have had it for 10 months now and it is still working great.
great skimmer for the price By George on 4/16/2014
George would recommend this product to a friend
I got this skimmer for my 65 gallon reef to replace a he essopps. The skimmer works great started pulling skimate almost imediately.
Great skimmer By KEVIN on 4/2/2014
KEVIN would recommend this product to a friend
Started pulling skin mate same day. Instructions could be better but I figured it out.
Great skimmer for price By Jabaar on 3/19/2014
Jabaar would recommend this product to a friend
You cant find a better skimmer for under $200. Very solid, they said it would take a couple of weeks to break it in. Only a couple of days for me. I have it on my 65 gal. and i'll bee able to heavy stock it cause of this skimmer. Only neg- it's hard to clean the bottom chamber.
Hate it By Scott on 3/17/2014
Scott wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Even after a number of mods and pump upgrade, this skimmer is garbage. Needs constant tweaking and just doesnt seem to do a very good job. Currently looking for a new skimmer.
Reef Octopus all the way By Gary on 2/23/2014
Gary would recommend this product to a friend
Switched to reef octopus from a cheaper skimmer and wish i would have spent the extra money on this in the beginning. Will tell you that this skimmer will work better if you have an Auto Top Off controller so the water level stays consistent in the sump. Once dialed in this skimmer is excellent. I have this running on a 75 gallon mixed reef, with 7 fish. Skimmer is in a 29 gallon sump, in about 6 inches of water.