Pretty good skimmer By Sonny on 4/9/2013
Sonny would recommend this product to a friend
Only problem I found was that the skimmer inside the box was not exactly like the one pictured on the box cover. The outlet tube from the skimmer was a very short gray tube and not like the red longer tube on the box cover. This makes the water exiting from the skimmer just above the pump itself which means you cannot place this very deep into your sump. I will have to make my own tube or let the company know the problem.
Great skimmer By Nick on 4/3/2013
Nick would recommend this product to a friend
I purposely waited a few months to write this review, because I wanted to get some use out of this thing beforehand. While I have a low bio-load at the moment, this thing still pulls out some nasty stuff, so I can imagine what it's going to do once I add my trigger and they all start growing. After a few weeks of operation, the skimmer has quieted down significantly, for those concerned about noise.
I did contact CoralVue for a tighter fitting pipe where the gate valve sits on, and the rubber caps for the air valves, which they sent out for free; their customer service was excellent!
The ONLY negative that I can see is that CV had to bump up the price due to manufacturing costs from when I bought mine.
The Crap Is In The Cup! By Tony on 3/26/2013
Tony would recommend this product to a friend
I was reluctant to get this skimmer, but I needed one in a bad way, and the reviews are great, so I stuck it in the cart and it was on it's way.
when I opened the box, I was impressed at the packaging. First off, BRS took the skimmer box and put it in their own box filled with a massive amount of peanuts. Inside the skimmer box, you will find a Styrofoam mold of the skimmer that holds it securely. It went together very quickly and after sticking the air tube on, I took it over to the tank.
When I got there, I found out that my 12" sump was not exactly 12". On the outside it was, but on the inside, the 3/16" acrylic took up just enough that I had to set the skimmer in there in a way that I didn't want to. But, I got it in there.
Once I fired it up, as it should have, it started producing bubbles. In less than 30 minutes, I had some light skimmate in the cup. Yup, it was running very wet. I waited a week playing with the settings, and boom, it was perfect. Very little playing around and now, I'm having to empty the cup about every 3 days.
One down side, my sump has a much higher water level than this skimmer suggests. The valve sits on a pipe that is MUCH shorter than it shows in the pictures. For this reason, I had to put the exit of the valve under the water with the knob just above the water. I was worried that it would over flow the cup, but to my surprise with the very finely tunable valve, it's perfect even when it's submerged! I was very surprised.
I'm building a new sump and I will be adding the correct length tube and put it at the correct level in the sump.
Other than that one pipe, I have NOTHING bad to say about this skimmer. Wait, let me dig a bit. There was two pieces of tape that was holding on the lid to the cup, and the tape was broke when I got it. It's weak tape, but it's hard to get off the acrylic. Okay, now we are digging really deep for issues lol. It's a great skimmer, you will love it! This should be BRS Recommended!!!
Nice! By Nick on 3/8/2013
Nick would recommend this product to a friend
This thing is a monster! After spending hours doing research I'm glad I went with this skimmer!. Easy setup and very good quality.
this thing is a beast! By xcountryx on 2/27/2013
xcountryx would recommend this product to a friend
Just got my skimmer and this thing is a beast! Its the best skimmer I've had by far.
Skimmate the 1st day!! By Jeremy on 2/22/2013
Jeremy would recommend this product to a friend
This was extremely easy to setup and within just a few minutes it was making a nice thick foam. Within 5 minutes I already had brown foam collecting! I don't know how I ran without this on my 75g with 20g sump!
Reef Octopus NWB150 6" Pinwheel Skimmer By Ryan on 2/4/2013
Ryan would recommend this product to a friend
Amazing product, after running it in a 3 hour vinegar bath it only took 4 or 5 days to start pulling tons of thick dark skimmate. Has made a world of difference in my 90G reef tank, huge upgrade from my Coralife skimmer. Great value for the price!
Perfect for my setup By Kerry on 1/24/2013
Kerry would recommend this product to a friend
Pretty much designed my sump around this skimmer. 75g FOWLR with a 20L sump. Worth every penny.
awesome By jabari on 1/2/2013
jabari would recommend this product to a friend
Now maybe this will be unfair but holy smokes I was running a seaclone 100 so I know its not apples to oranges but this thing is quality top to bottom my first item from BRS but definitely not the last reef saver rock here I come btw super fast delivery great way to check on ship status I could go on and on
Excellent product By Jeff H on 12/27/2012
Jeff H would recommend this product to a friend
I received this product as a gift and absolutely love it, 2 minor flaws..the riser pipe to the gate valve provided is extremely loose and easily slips apart and the silencer is apparently supposed to come with a rubber cap. After reading threads on a forum...Im going to contact Coral Vue directly and they will quickly send out replacements according to other comments about this type of problem with the risers. Overall a great experience and looking forward to purchasing more items from BRS!
SUCCESS By Dan on 12/9/2012
Dan would recommend this product to a friend
This is the first "in-sump" skimmer ive ever purchased and by my friends reactions and the way it performs, i know i got a good one :) within mins... yes mins, not hours, i had a nice lookin smoothie in the collection cup. Definitely worth the money and Easy hook up and Install for sure!!
Value packed By Bill on 12/5/2012
Bill would recommend this product to a friend
You just can't come close to the performance for the price with this skimmer. Super price and works great! I love it!