Too Many Issues By myfavouriteday on 8/4/2012
myfavouriteday wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Has been up and running for months and still has serious microbubble problems that have to stopped with a sponge that has turned into a nitrate farm and it doesn't even work very well.
Great Skimmer! By Jorge on 7/12/2012
Jorge would recommend this product to a friend
I don't have a sump on my 55g system so the hang-on-back models were the only choice I had if I wanted a skimmer. I had read really good things about this skimmer so I decided to give it a shot.
I am glad I did because this skimmer is working very well! It has only been on my tank for about a week or so but it's already removing nasty stuff out of my tank and cleaning it is a piece of cake.
The installation instructions lack considerably, but it's easy enough to find information about it on the Web. Regardless, it is an excellent product and I would recommend this to anyone that needs a hang-on-back skimmer.
Great Product By Andy on 7/3/2012
Andy would recommend this product to a friend
This is my second protien sckimmer. My first one, just didn't do the job and added a bunch of bubbles to my tank, in a bad way. This one was cleaning green slime off my tank the first day. It does have some bubbles coming off of it, but nothing anywhere near as bad as the previous skimmer that I had. Also I have noticed they are getting less and less. Over all it is a great skimmer.
great skimmer/ great price By David on 6/7/2012
David would recommend this product to a friend
I have this skimmer on a 55gallon reef tank a very small sump. The skimmer works flawlessly right out of the box. Cleaning the bubble chamber and outflow areas is difficult but it has needed a tear down only once in over a year of service. One warning is to watch for overflow from the collection box if adding supplements, or changing water, chemicals, or using superglue, since the salt water will end up on the carpet
BH-1000 By ericr on 5/25/2012
ericr would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this to replace the Hydor Slim Skim in my 55 FOWLR that I'm changing over to a reef. The Hydor worked okay but it simply doesn't have the capacity of the Octopus. since you don't really need a sump for a 55 gallon show tank I chose the HOB route and I can honestly say this is probably about the best HOB skimmer on the market. Although a little pricey, it's not much more than the CPR skimmers and does a WAY better job. It cost less than half as much as a Deltec(overated and way overpriced,considering build quality) MC-600 is better made, and does just as good a job if not better. the normal break in for the Octopus is 2-3 weeks but mine was pulling dark, tea colored,smelly skimate in 3-4 days. In the next 2 weeks i found the "sweet spot" on the skimmer cup and marked it and now it is filling the cup with the same every 4-5 days. After 3 weeks of use there are still some micro bubbles but there are far less than in the beginning. Do not use the sponges that come with the skimmer as they will probably become mini nitrate factories over time. On a 55g glass show, the intake tube DOES NOT need to be cut and doing so will probably void your warranty. As far as noise it started out a little noisy at first but now it's fairly quiet and I attached a 2nd piece of tubing to the air silencer. Basically all I hear is a faint "sucking" sound from the intake tube,so the unit is pretty quiet although not totally silent. This is agreat skimmer for tanks under 90g and I higly recommend it.
Good for what it is. By Kevin on 5/2/2012
Kevin would recommend this product to a friend
This is the first skimmer I had bought; and unfortunately even though I have a sump on my tank; it was simply too small for any of the internal ones on the market. So I purchased this one. It certainly is a pretty good skimmer, I wouldn't classify it as something that you could run on anything above the rated specifications, but it does a decent job on my 46 gal with a 10 gal sump. It is a little loud; but nothing unbearable to have in your room if you are use to sleeping with a fan or something similar to on. I would certainly say that if space is a limitation you have, this skimmer would work well!
Does the Job By David on 3/26/2012
David would recommend this product to a friend
So far so good. Using on my 37 gal reef with no sump. Took some time to properly adjust the collection cup, but now I get lots of tea colored skimmate every few days. I like that it has the pump on the outside of the tank, so I can barely see the intake and output inside the display.
Fits on the back of a 28g JBJ nano-cube By Maureen on 3/22/2012
Maureen would recommend this product to a friend
I have have my Reef Octopus Hang on the Back 1000 OCT BH1000 for over a year now. It works, never fails, and cleans up easy. For those of you with Bio- cubes or Nano cubes you know it can be a challenge to find a skimmer that will work on your system. This Octopus fits perfectly and works great!!!!
Great skimmer By Ed on 3/2/2012
Ed would recommend this product to a friend
I tried an Odyssea skimmer on my 75 FOWLR tank and was very disappointed, cheap but a waste of money. Thai skimmer worked out of the box. There were micro bubbles at first but after two days running, gone. It produces lots of skimmate and is super easynto maintain. It's a great design and loaded with quality.
Best I've had By craftyfish on 3/1/2012
craftyfish would recommend this product to a friend
I had few skimmers before, but once I saw this unit skimming, I immediately knew, all past skimmers I've had were junk. This HOB is a work horse, and I am completely satisfied with this purchase. Amazing skimmer, best I've had.
Great skimmer By William on 2/22/2012
William would recommend this product to a friend
This is probably the single best purchase I made for my Nanocube 28. It skims like crazy. The water is always crystal clear. Highly reccomended.
Excellent Product By Dominic on 2/16/2012
Dominic would recommend this product to a friend
Very easy to assemble and clean. Its a very effective protein skimmer! I will be purchasing another one in the near future for another tank.
Very pleased... By majtek862 on 1/30/2012
majtek862 would recommend this product to a friend
I relied heavily on the reviews for choosing this skimmer for my 56 gallon mixed reef. Now that I have one and its been running for several weeks; I can honestly say I agree with all the favorable opinions about this product. It does a great job pulling some nasty stuff out my tank. It didn't take it long to make a noticeable difference in the appearance and cleanliness of my system. I'm very pleased with this skimmer! Awesome...
One of the best HOB skimmers! By SG on 1/10/2012
SG would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this skimmer a few months ago for my 55g reef tank. I have tried 5 different skimmers and this one without a doubt has been the best. Setup was fairly easy and was skimming within an hour. I love the cup on this thing, very east to remove and clean. If you are looking for a rock solid skimmer I highly recommend this one.
Great skimmer for the money By Brian on 11/25/2011
Brian would recommend this product to a friend
If you dont have a sump or have no place for one then this skimmer is great if you have to go the HOB route. Had tons of microbubble the first week or so but now I have nearly zero and tank is crystal clear.
I run this on my 29 gallon tank, and it does more than good enough job. You will probably want to make a simple modification to the surface skimmer attachment by cutting of about a 1" or so section of the intake pipe so that the top of the skimmer box actually sits above the waterline. Unfortunately I learned this the hard way and lost a wrasse when it got in my skimmer intake and wound up in the pump.
Besides that small fixable problem, I have nothing bad to say about this skimmer being the first one I have owned.
Quality Product By chad on 11/9/2011
chad would recommend this product to a friend
This is my first skimmer, but it was easy to set up. It started skimming in a couple of days. I don't have anything to compare it to, but I can tell you that the gunk in the skimmer cup proves that it is working very well on my 55 gallon fowl tank.
Quality Skimmer By Aaron on 9/12/2011
Aaron would recommend this product to a friend
A great HOB Skimmer works well, A great buy for the pirce and does not take up space in the tank due to the pump being external. The only issue I had was that there were no directions. It was pretty easy to put together but woudl have been easier with instructions
I love it! By Jerry on 9/1/2011
Jerry would recommend this product to a friend
This is the best hang on back skimmer you can get! I've had a few and none compare to this. Emptying the skimmer cup is so easy and adjusting how you want it to skim is so creative the way they designed it - its nothing like the typical HOB! I just bought my second one(2 tanks) so i figured I'd write this review I love it so much. Might find it cheaper elsewhere but why roll the dice when Bulkreefsupply is so reliable
Great Skimmer By Michael on 7/7/2011
Michael would recommend this product to a friend
Purchased this skimmer a few months back. I planed on using carbin dosing for Nitrate reduction. That requires a strong skimmer. If I had no need of sand bed or macro algea fornitrate reduction then a refugium would not be neccessary. If I had a HOB skimmer I would not need the expense of a drilled tank, plumbing, or sump/refugium. I was a little worried that a HOB skimmer might be week. I chose this one because it is rated at over 2x my actual volumeof 55 gal. It's works AWSOME. I cannot believe how fast it pulls junk out of the water. If I clean the glass the junk is in the skimmer within 15 minutes if not by the time I finish cleaning!! Most of the time there is nothing much comming out of it because the water is already clean of free floating organics. Once some shows up in the water I find it in the skimmer in short order. It truely is amazing. Many old school typeswill tell you "You really don't need a protien skimmer. There a scam". In the old days they were toys and didn't work well. Once I show them what this one does they are instantly converted :) I seriously doubt anyone would be dissapointed with this skimmer. If you don't like the way it looks on the back of your aquarium put tall plants in front of it to conceal it :)