Best HOB skimmer i have ever used By Ezra on 1/27/14
Ezra would recommend this product to a friend
I would have to say that if you are looking for a HOB protein skimmer this is the one you should look at. After the initial break in period this skimmer is pulling dark skimmate from my tank, and putting a lot less micro bubbles in my tank compared to my old HOB skimmer. I would have to say that the one downfall is the instruction that come with this skimmer are not that well worded or descriptive. As performance goes though i would have to say this skimmer is awesome.
Great Skimmer for the price! By Richard on 1/3/14
Richard would recommend this product to a friend
Got the skimmer yesterday and set it up. Within 2 hours it had pulledenough DARK brown skimmate to fill 1/4 of the collection cup. A little on the loud side but worth the trade off
Great product for the money By rvickery2 on 12/14/13
rvickery2 would recommend this product to a friend
The 2000 is built solid and pretty quite for the job it is doing. I don't run a sump so the HOB was the only option. After doing research most recommended the Reef Octopus. No regrets
Great By stoney on 11/21/13
stoney would recommend this product to a friend
I have the. 2000 and the 1000 both work fantastic
What!!! By Jasso on 10/11/13
Jasso would recommend this product to a friend
For those of you who can't figure things out, Slap Yourself.. Anyway, I did research on skimmers products and Reef Octopus came through as what many said on youtube... But I do agree that the instructions are naked. Other than that it's doing what others said it does and it's performing like a work horse. 55g Tank and water is Crystal!!
Great! By Josh on 10/7/13
Josh would recommend this product to a friend
I put off buying this and then my tank started having algae blooms. I bought this and within a week nitrates were back under control!!! Don't wait! Only problems is micro bubbles. Not a lot but they're there.
love it! By brian on 9/5/13
brian would recommend this product to a friend
This thing is a beast. Very well made. Instructions sucked but it came mostly assembled anyway. In just a few hours I had already collected skimmate. This is on a 75 gallon breeder. Water clarity has visibly improved.
First impressions By Daniel on 7/25/13
Daniel would recommend this product to a friend
This is my first reef tank and therefore my first skimmer. First impressions are of a big square jewel. After playing around and adjusting things for a few days, it is currently bubbling away happily pulling out carmel colored goo from my seemingly clear tank water. Few pieces of advice, don't set the box too far down towards the water level. It will overflow rather quickly [don't ask]. It has a ring engraved inside the neck which seems to be your proper adjustment range. Also the O-rings are not spares, you need them.....[again don't ask] Adjust the foam pads on the water level to prevent most micro-bubbles. Might someday have to suck it up and get a big sexy bottle shaped goo skimmer, but for now this is more than sufficient for a beginner.. I like it....
Good unit By parroki on 7/11/13
parroki would recommend this product to a friend
You do need to tape the plumb joints and put a clamp on the air line at the pump. I would buy this again. I am in hour 27 and it is beginning to skim. Directions could be better.
Great By Jeff on 7/2/13
Jeff would recommend this product to a friend
First experience with a HOB skimmer and pleased! Started skimming by day 2! It took a few days to adjust the intake and return but once set no micro bubbles.
Love it! By Susan on 4/30/13
Susan would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer outperforms all the other skimmers that I have used. Also very quiet
Very Impressed! By saltypete on 4/18/13
saltypete would recommend this product to a friend
OK so I can't give a complete review since the skimmer has only been operating for about three hours, but I am very impressed so far.
I had upsized to a 90-gallon tank but my old skimmer wasn't able to handle the new load. The manufacturer rated the BH1000 up to 100 gallons, but BRS rated it good to 75 gallons, so I decided to go with the BH2000 instead. No regrets!
The construction of the unit is solid, and the amount of noise was significantly less than what I was expecting based on reviews I had read. Much less noise than my OLD Aqua C skimmer. The pump itself is quiet, but I think the return water may be making a little noise.
The instructions weren't detailed, but what did need to be assembled was easy to put together. I found the circular foam pads that diffuse bubbles to have a strong chemical smell, so I am soaking these still to try to get rid of it. I don't really think they are needed as there aren't any small bubbles in the return water to be dealt with.
The skimmer has produced about 1/4" of skimmate after only a few hours, and my water is already visibly clearer.
The only minor issue I have with the skimmer is that the openings on the intake filter are arguably large enough for either of my yellow clown gobies or a smaller snails to get into. It is unlikely for these fish to swim into the intake for the skimmer, but I have covered the intake openings with a coarse mesh plastic bag to be safe.
I am a Canadian customer and found the process pain-free. I ordered on Thursday (as requested by BRS) and the skimmer arrived, duty-paid, the following Wednesday.