This skimmer is the best I have owned! By Izzy on 8/18/2013
Izzy would recommend this product to a friend
I upgraded from a aqua medic turboflotor t1000 and I have got to say I am pleased with the results! I started to see skimmate after 2-3 days. I haven't changed my water for awhile and my water had a little smell to it until I started using this skimmer, the smell is now gone. The reason I like this skimmer because it is cost efficient for my 55 gallon reef and I like the fact that the intake pipe is deep in the tank. my previous setup was with a sump and that was not successful since I had didn't have a top off system the water level would drop all the top and one time frying out one of the sump pumps. So now I am going sumpless using a Berlin method of filtration relying on strong lighting, great skimmer like this and live rock. Overall, the skimmer has exceeded my expectation and I highly recommend it to everyone! I like the fact that its really easy to service as well! The instructions is a little vague, but it's all common sense and self explanatory.
Great Service! By Mitian on 7/25/2013
Mitian would recommend this product to a friend
Well mine came at night and I couldn't wait to install it, after I did it started liking, had to take everything apart and I notice the pump was broken, call for a replacement and they were very helpful sending me a label to ship it back.
I am waiting for the new one, and I am sure it will be fine, My friend recommended this place and I love it great service.
Works Well By Aaron on 7/10/2013
Aaron would recommend this product to a friend
Bought this for my 55 Gallon since I do not have a sump. Works extremely well, easy to clean. As others have said Instructions are not the best, but can be found on YOUTUBE. The best part was for the most part it was put together. Remember to make sure you put O-Rings (included) in all the right places. I rushed and forgot one and had a leak on my hands, which was quickly fixed by following the instructions more carefully (hey I'm a guy, you know we hate directions). Other than that it is extremely quiet.
A great HOB Skimmer By Jon on 6/7/2013
Jon would recommend this product to a friend
Like everyone else has mentioned, the directions are horrible! But that goes for all Reef Octopus products that i've seen. this skimmer is 100% better than the old HOB skimmer I was using on my 50g reef tank. I get good dark skimmate and clean out the collection cup usually about twice a week. Once you get your collection cup set to a good level, I recommend marking the cup so you don't have to guess where you had it each time you take it off the skimer to clean. A great investment for those who don't have room in their stand for a traditional in-sump skimmer.
Very very very happy with the unit By ineedacoldone on 5/26/2013
ineedacoldone would recommend this product to a friend
This unit should be a 5 star... The instructions suck!! But the operation of the unit makes up for the 10 mins of fustration i had while setting the unit up. It does work awsome its not wisper quiet but close to it. Its a must have for my tank. I thought it was running a clean tank until i set the skimmer up. WOW money well spent.
Great skimmer By Flatbrook on 4/1/2013
Flatbrook would recommend this product to a friend
I purchased this skimmer for my 55 gal reef tank after doing a lot of reviewing on multiple different ones. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I was a little worried about others saying the break in period could be up to 3 weeks on this skimmer. I am happy to say mine broke in in about 2 hours. Also I read about severe overflows during the break in period with there collection cup. Set the cup high, and you will have nothing to worry about. My brand new hardwood floor has not seen one drop of water from this skimmer.
Love It So Far By Kelly on 3/26/2013
Kelly would recommend this product to a friend
As Described, pretty much hooked it up and is doing the job, no complaints so far..
Great Skimmer By anthony on 3/18/2013
anthony would recommend this product to a friend
Easy to setup and once broken in it works like a charm.
Favorite Product By Andrew on 3/14/2013
Andrew would recommend this product to a friend
Out of all the products I've bought for my reef tank, this one is probably my favorite. As every one has said, the directions are terrible. There is a great video on YouTube that will walk you through how to put it together. I also struggled with the priming of the pump. I skipped that part and couldn't figure out why it wasn't producing bubbles. Make sure you completely close the tube to prime. Now after having it for a couple months, I can say it gets a lot of stuff out of my tank. its very low maintenance, and pretty quiet too. Its not silent, but its not loud either. I've been talking about how awesome this is on forms, and I would recommend this to anyone that has a 75 gallon or less tank that wants a HOB. I even called the company with a question, and they did a great job answering it for me.
great!! By sarah on 3/11/2013
sarah would recommend this product to a friend
so far so good!!:) had it running almost a week now on a new tank. didnt skim until probably the 4th day but i think there is just a break in period. then i added some snails and hermit crabs to help clean up the live rock i had in there. i'll wait another few weeks to add fish. terrible directions so i was so happy my husband helped with the few things that had to be put together on it. also looked online for help with that. i also think it got much quieter after a few days of running. i think that is probably normal too. I'm new to this so i dont have much to compare it to. just what i researched and read online. but i have to say i'm very happy with this skimmer. I hope it keeps working this well once my tank is established. :)
greaT skimmer By vinny on 3/1/2013
vinny would recommend this product to a friend
Great skimmer for the money. the directions that come with it arent very good but it goes together really easy. got it set up on the tank and it started skimming within an hour wit 0 micro bubbles.totally worth the money
Works great but needs overflow opening By Bh1000 on 2/25/2013
Bh1000 would recommend this product to a friend
Works great on my frag tank. Pulls out a lot of stuff, but if it should overflow you will have quite the mess on the floor. They need to make an overflow attachment or let it overflow to th e return. Overall it fits the job just fine.