Great skimmer By Flatbrook on 4/1/13
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 3/26/13
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 3/18/13
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 3/14/13
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 3/11/13
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 3/1/13
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 2/25/13
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.
Great skimmer By Aaron on 11/19/12
Aaron would recommend this product to a friend
Great skimmer! I used it on my 60 gallon mixed reef and it pulled out a large amount of skim mate practically right away. This little thing works great for a HOB.
decent skimmer By chi on 11/11/12
chi would recommend this product to a friend
started skimming right away on day2, the instrustions are useless on how to control the skimmer. Still waiting for it to break in since it is causing alot of mico bubble problem
works great on my 20G By justin on 11/10/12
justin would recommend this product to a friend
as i read the instructions were terrible put it together without it was simple had to modify some of the tubing so the surface skimmer would sit right after a few hours it was pulling some nasty stuff out of my tank after a week of having it on, my tank has never looked better super dark skim getting pulled now. BRS fast shipping and the way they pack their boxes no way your stuff is going to break lol
Great purchase for a first skimmer. By Jordan on 9/15/12
Jordan would recommend this product to a friend
After the initial break in period this skimmer gave me no problems. Works great for exactly what I want it to.
Awesome By Scott on 9/11/12
Scott would recommend this product to a friend
I just recieved this skimmer to replace an old CPR BakPak 2R+ skimmer. This skimmer runs circles around m old one. It is 100 ti,ec quieter and is running great. I have had no micro bubbles in my tank and it was skimming in the first few hours. Extremely quick break in period. Great product.
So far so good By Chris on 9/7/12
Chris would recommend this product to a friend
I just installed the BH-1000. First thing that happened was the pump was not working.. It would just heat up but nothing happened, so i took the pump apart and put it back together and bam! started working.
The pump is quiet which I like, and it does produce a lot of microbubbles but I just put the SQUARE black sponge on top of the return nozzle instead of under it and it basically stopped all my microbubbles.
It hasn't produced any skimmate yet, but has a decent head of foam.
Too Many Issues By myfavouriteday on 8/4/12
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 7/12/12
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 7/3/12
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 6/7/12
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 5/25/12
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 5/2/12
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 3/26/12
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 3/22/12
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 3/3/12
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 3/1/12
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 2/22/12
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 2/17/12
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 1/30/12
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 1/10/12
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 11/25/11
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 11/9/11
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 9/12/11
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 9/1/11
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 7/7/11
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 :)