Works great - disappointed in noise By Starrme on 4/29/13
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 4/18/13
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 4/9/13
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 4/1/13
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 3/29/13
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 3/28/13
John would recommend this product to a friend
got this for my 40 breeder its working great!!
great skimmer By matt on 3/23/13
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 3/21/13
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 3/13/13
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 1/16/13
Brian would recommend this product to a friend
Got this skimmer for a 75 gal and it's amazing!
Decent Skimmer By Jason on 1/7/13
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 12/18/12
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.
good By Robert on 12/3/12
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
My first insump protien skimmer and it works great after 2 hours started pulling junk out in my 40 gallon breeder
Great! By Andrew on 11/29/12
Andrew would recommend this product to a friend
This is a great skimmer for the price. Produced skimmate out of the box!
Good value By Michael on 11/23/12
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this for a 60g mixed reef with a 20 gallon sump. It pulls some nasty gunk out. I think it is just slightly underpowered for 80 total gallons so I may have to trade up soon.
Great skimmer By Eric on 9/15/12
Eric would recommend this product to a friend
Great skimmer. Small foot print so it fits I'm my sump nicely. Very quite and easy to adjust. For the price you simply will not find a better deal.
WORKS GREAT FOR ME By Tom on 8/12/12
Tom would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this skimmer for a 40 gallon breeder, I had it up and running within five minutes and it started producing great skimmate right away. It has been running in my sump for a few weeks with no problems, will buy another for my next tank.
Great buy By Jonah on 7/26/12
Jonah would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer is awesome. For the money, it's the best value. For the size, it's the best value. And for the quality, it's definitely the best value. Must buy!
Amazing Skimmer By ReefMedic on 7/15/12
ReefMedic would recommend this product to a friend
Purchase this for my 40G breeder SPS dominated reef, and was skimming from the start. Easy to operate and assemble, and very well built.
Good Skimmer By Greg on 6/17/12
Greg would recommend this product to a friend
Just got my skimmer up and running a few days ago and it is already pulling a good skimmate. It was easy to set up. Can't wait for it to be broken in.
Awesome Skimmer!! By JDR on 6/17/12
JDR would recommend this product to a friend
I got this for a 75g reef tank and its doing wonderful at the 2nd day I had dark gunk. Great product.
Great skimmer, value and performance By Shawn on 6/9/12
Shawn would recommend this product to a friend
I have a 30 gal with 15 gal sump. This skimmer is a great value and the smaller size fits into smaller sumps. It has outperformed my other skimmers on similar sized tanks. Buy it.
Pretty good skimmer By Manny on 6/6/12
Manny would recommend this product to a friend
This is my first true skimmer and it seems to be working pretty well. When I clean the receptacle I get nasty stuff out, which probably means it's doing its job. The check valve is easy to adjust after it has been broken in. Before that it's pretty tough. I would recommend.
TO LEGIT TO QUIT By Christopher on 5/18/12
Christopher would recommend this product to a friend
I've gone through two protein skimmers before this one in the last year, and this one was skimming better than both others combined in the first week!