instructions, or lack of is a real issue By MarkD on 2/3/2014
MarkD wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I'm new to this hobby. The INSTRUCTIONS that come with the unit are poor. If you contact the manufacturer for help they get defensive and will tell you there is nothing wrong with their product. If you don't have a auto top of and a part in your skimmer that is not effected by water evaporation don't by this unit.
Dont Know If I Would Buy Again By Scott on 1/9/2014
Scott wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
The price on this skimmer is the best part about it. Its fairly well built but I dont know if the performance is there. Seems like I have to constantly mess with it and I dont think I'm getting the best skimmate. I ordered some upgrades for it from CoralVue so we will see if those help improve the performance.
Awesome skimmer By Derek on 1/3/2014
Derek would recommend this product to a friend
have this set up in my 20gallon sump for my 60gallon cube. It does an awesome job pulling out the waste.
Awesome Skimmer By Tyler on 1/1/2014
Tyler would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer meets all my needs in my 40 breeder. i have had it for a month and it works great. Octopus skimmers are definitely quality items.
highly recommend By mike on 12/24/2013
mike would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer is super easy to put together and doesn't take a lot of room up in your sump, it is also easy to dial in.
Love this Skimmer By Bradb90 on 12/14/2013
Bradb90 would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer is amazing! The build quality is unsurpassable. It is super quite, easy to clean and maintain and a breeze to install. I expect it to give me many years of use.
Super great product By Hung on 12/2/2013
Hung would recommend this product to a friend
This product works great. I ordered it for my 75 gallon tank and it works flawless with a 20 gallon refugium. Impressive craftmanship and looks and work perfect. Thanks BRS.
Great Skimmer By George on 11/24/2013
George would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer is well made and easy to setup. I had this skimmer setup and running in about a half an hour. I started seeing results almost right away. Heavy duty construction materials give me confidents that I'll have this skimmer for a long time.
Nwb-110 review By Gary on 10/11/2013
Gary would recommend this product to a friend
First off, shipping was incredibly fast. Ordered on Tuesday and at my door Thursday. Easy assembly. Small foot print. Sturdy/ well made skimmer. Running in about 6" of water and it's already pulling skim mate after 3 hours. Very quiet except output is a little out of the water but no big deal. Very glad I bought this skimmer and outstanding quality for the price.
Wonderful Skimmer By Brian on 9/25/2013
Brian would recommend this product to a friend
All I can say is, WOW. I have had this skimmer for a couple weeks now and it really shows. This thing has removed so much waste, excess food, and other particles it's almost unbelievable.
Dark Skimmate By Heifinator on 8/19/2013
Heifinator would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer way out performs my last skimmer, great for the money.
Works great By lovetoclown on 7/30/2013
lovetoclown would recommend this product to a friend
I have a 50G tank and 20G sump, and this skimmer started removing waste within days. It was easy to adjust, and very quick to assemble. This is a great bargain and works great.
Great Skimmer! By Michael on 7/19/2013
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
Bought this skimmer about two months ago. Had to build a small eggcrate shelf for it to stand on because my water level in my sump is 8". Raised it up 2.5" putting it about 5.5" under water, skims much better now. I do tend to have to adjust it, seems like it either skims nothing or really wet. The sweet spot is really hard to hit for me. I'd definitely recommend one though, very quiet. Mine is on a 40g with a 20g sump.
Terrific skimmer By Chris on 7/15/2013
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this recently from BRS and could not be happier. Prior to this I was using a Red Sea Berlin Airlift 90 skimmer (with the airstone). It was a pretty good skimmer but compared to this Reef Octopus, the Red Sea one is like taking a coffee filter and skimming it through the water.
It take a little while to "break in" like all skimmers do but once it does the control is wonderful and it's very quiet and compact; perfect for those of us will smaller fuge/sumps.
Shipping and packaging from BRS was, as always, terrific!
Fantastic skimmer you will be quite happy with.
AWESOME By TUBBY on 6/18/2013
TUBBY would recommend this product to a friend
JUST GOT THIS BAD BOY SKIMMER TODAY, TOOK ME LESS THAN 10 MINUTES TO PUT IT TOGETHER AND SET IT UP IN MY SUMP. VERY NICE FEEL TO THE SKIMMER, DOESN'T FEEL FLIMSY LIKE THOSE OTHER SKIMMERS. I'M A VERY PICKY WHEN IT COMES TO MY REEF ( AREN'T WE ALL ) AND I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS SKIMMER IN A HEARTBEAT. STOP THINKING ABOUT THIS PRODUCT AND HIT "THE ADD TO CART"
High Performance By Chris on 6/6/2013
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
This is a well designed and high quality skimmer. Within hours of turning it on, it was pulling dark skimmate out of the water. The collection cup is large enough, and also has an outlet for an included drain line so it can flow into a larger container. Before placing it on my sump I modded the outflow pipe to output under the water to eliminate noise. It cost about $6 in PVC parts, but CoralVue sells a preassembled piece for $30.
Good Product By Blennymower on 5/27/2013
Blennymower would recommend this product to a friend
I've only had the skimmer for a couple of days. However, I've owned several octopus skimmers and this one has the same quality built into it. BRS should should show pictures with the new pump it comes with, although they tell you in the descriptions. The skimmer head is a good fit but wiggles a bit. Overall it's a skimmer I'm happy to have.
Very excited!! By All Fins Aquarium Maintenance on 5/23/2013
All Fins Aquarium Maintenance would recommend this product to a friend
Very impressed with this product! It arrived very fast!! I haven't set it up yet but by the looks of the impressive craftsmanship it will be the best skimmer I've purchased to date. I plan on buying another soon for another system. Thanks BRS!!
Good Product By Chris on 4/30/2013
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
Good skimmer for the money. Small footprint, started skimming within 24 hours of putting it in my sump. Sounded like a waterfall, but quickly found different types of mods to quiet. Blows a lot of bubbles!
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.