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!
What A Skimmer!!! By John on 12/4/2012
John would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer hasn't even fully broken in yet and its pulling out about twice the nasty gunk my old skimmer was! Great skimmer at an even better price point! I saved even more with the Black Friday discount... Thanks BRS!