WOW WHAT A SKIMMER!!!!! By James on 3/7/14
James would recommend this product to a friend
All I can say is WOW what an awesome skimmer!!!! You can't a better skimmer for the price...this thing is a beasy in my 50g sps system it was making some skimmate the first day and only took about 3 days to fully break in and is running like a champ!!!! Not to loud I mean sure u can hear the air being pulled in if your close to it but I can't hear it outside the stand and all the other sounds pretty well drown it out when the doors open. Makes a ton of micro bubbles and holds its level without much adjustment its just an all around bada$$ skimmer!!!!!
Well built By DE on 3/3/14
DE would recommend this product to a friend
Opened the box and was surprised at the quality. Thick acrylic looks like you could never break it.
Got as a Gift By jeffrey on 2/22/14
jeffrey would recommend this product to a friend
Got this as a gift from wife, great product and fast shipping.. only thing I would suggest is BRS should set up and have a person wishlist easy to view buy others like they do on amazon. Wife wanted to get me something for my tank and knows I am picky, so I had to actually sign on to my wish list and show her and let her buy it with me knowing not much of a surprise but happy over all
cool By Robert on 1/23/14
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
Good product for the money By Nicholas on 1/16/14
Nicholas wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Skimmer is ok. It skims but not like others do. Water level has to be inches from the top of the collection cup, way over SPEC. Imho Needs to have a silencer modication, output sounds like a waterfall. I modified the impeller, as I don't think it creates fine enough bubbles. I think the venturi should be forced air induction. I do suggest an auto neck cleaner in addition.
Amazing Quality By Zach on 9/23/13
Zach would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer does everything it needs to do, and does it very well. It is well built with quality acrylic, a quality gate valve, and so far the pump works great. This model does not come with an air adjustment, but I'm going to tell you, it does not need one. The pump produces tons of micro bubbles. All in all, this is a great skimmer, especially for the price.
NOTE: During the break in period, connect the collection cup drain tube and let it run right back into the sump. I had mine set a little too high and the skimmer went nuts for a while before it was broke in all the way and my collection tube was outside of the sump in a jug, well the jug overflowed and put about 2 gallons on the floor. THIS WAS NOT THE SKIMMERS FAULT. So just to avoid any mess during break in, let the skimmer overflow run right into the sump via the collection cup drain line.
Awesome quality and performance for le$$ By Bob on 9/21/13
Bob would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this skimmer as an upgrade for my 50 gallon mixed reef. The pump is quieter than the water draining from the outlet. The airline is large in diameter and very supple. Also a silicone drain hose is included. In general, I am impressed with the performance, and it was working full steam less than 24 hours after installation.
A few nitpicks: The riser pipe for the gate valve is so short I had to raise the skimmer so it was only sitting in 5.5" of water (CoralVue recommends 6-10) so the outlet was not partially submerged. There is a metric to American adapter, but if you want to use it you will need both the riser pipe and a new American sized gate valve. The gate valve itself is very cheaply made. The black bottom on the collection cup makes the first 3/4" skimmate look darker than it really is.
Affordable and worthwhile! By Randy on 9/17/13
Randy would recommend this product to a friend
All around great skimmer. This is was my first in-sump skimmer and I couldn't be happier with its performance and ease of use. The gate valve is very easy to adjust in minor increments which allows for precise skimming levels. GREAT product!
Fantastic Skimmer By wolf8895 on 9/14/13
wolf8895 would recommend this product to a friend
Great skimmer, easy to set up and tune. The gate valve makes adjustments super easy. Pulls out lots of nasty gunk.
Great By Yunier on 8/6/13
Yunier would recommend this product to a friend
Best skimmer for the price works great on my 150 gallon tank
second time around By Christopher on 7/25/13
Christopher would recommend this product to a friend
love reef octopus skimmers great price for an excellent skimmer. although this time when i ordered this skimmer it came with a different length grey neck for the outlet instead of the longer red one. kind of a bummer but i should be able to fix
Great skimmer for a great price By Braden on 7/24/13
Braden would recommend this product to a friend
I got this skimmer about two months ago and waited to review it until I had it going for a little while. Overall this skimmer is performing perfectly on my 120 gallon reef setup. When I first got the skimmer I had to pick up a part from the hardware store to raise the gate valve a few inches. I read a few other reviews noting this so I wasn't surprised when the height on the picture didn't match the actual skimmer. I raised mine so I could have the return dump into the section before where my skimmer sits. Due to space my skimmer and main pump occupy the same section of the refugium so to alleviate micro bubbles it dumps back over the fuge wall. The break in period for me was about three weeks during which time the level was changing daily and I made small corrections with the gate valve. Now that its settled down it remains constant as long as the water level does. I maintain about 8" of water in the chamber. This skimmer pulls out a good amount of sludge and skimmate and runs fairly quietly, I get a slight air noise from the muffler but its almost not noticed with the cabinet doors closed. Great skimmer for a great price!
Love this skimmer By Scott on 7/12/13
Scott would recommend this product to a friend
This is my favorite skimmer I own. The gate valve is really nice making adjustments super easy. Those tube twisting ones are too touchy! It is easy to clean, pulls tons of gunk and been very reliable.
Good skimmer for price. By Brian on 6/10/13
Brian would recommend this product to a friend
Upgraded from a coralife skimmer and wish I would have long time ago. Doesn't need constant adjustment and removes lots of waste.
A must have for your tank By Chavinpat on 6/1/13
Chavinpat would recommend this product to a friend
It worth even penny spent. Simple to set up and easy to operate. REEF OCTOPUS always make good stuff.
why are you stll reasearching By christopher on 5/3/13
christopher would recommend this product to a friend
i bought this skimmer a little over a year ago. and am currently planning an upgrade of my tank size and without a question will be buying a reef octopus skimmer to go in that system as well. put it in your cart and your fish will thank you
great skimmer great shipper By reefninja on 5/2/13
reefninja would recommend this product to a friend
this skimmer works better than any skimmer I have used! started pulling skimmate out within 10min! great product. btw the free shipping method only took 38hrs from placement to delivery. wow BRS u rock!
A+++ By Kyle on 4/29/13
Kyle would recommend this product to a friend
Great skimmer and most bang for your buck.
Works Great By Mike on 4/22/13
Mike would recommend this product to a friend
Works great on my 90 gallon.
GREAT SKIMMER !!!! By A DUB on 4/21/13
A DUB would recommend this product to a friend
Im just going to make this simple ... I was new to this hobby 1 year ago and thought i would save some money on some cheap skimmers for my tank .. being new to the game caused me to not know what a GOOD skimmer would do .. I thought my cheap no name skimmers where doing great !! That was until I bought my first Reef Octopus .. I now know what a skimmer is saposed to do ...it dosent matter it Your looking at the 4 inch or 6 inch reef Octopus , it will pay you back for every dollar you spend on it ...
Very good skimmer for a great price By Awais on 4/18/13
Awais would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this for my 120 g DT , total volume 200g and it works very good. This is the best price you would get anywhere. And Reef octopus is the best brand to go with!
This will do the work, as well as the $600 one.
Pretty good skimmer By Sonny on 4/9/13
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 4/3/13
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 3/26/13
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!!!