cool By Robert on 1/23/2014
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
Good product for the money By Nicholas on 1/16/2014
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 9/23/2013
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 9/21/2013
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 9/17/2013
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 9/14/2013
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 8/6/2013
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 7/25/2013
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 7/24/2013
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 7/11/2013
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 6/10/2013
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 6/1/2013
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.