Great product! By Stephane on 5/1/2014
Stephane would recommend this product to a friend
I'm new to reefing and i don't have a 'sophisticated' setup with sump or anything like that. I needed a skimmer for my 75gallon and after a lot of internet searching i went with this one.
I've had it for about 4months now and the only complaint i really have with it is that i had to turn it off twice. once because it got so mucky inside i it was overflowing. so properly cleaning it every month or so helped. bare in mind my tank was still new and settling in so i had algae growing in the skimmer. the other time is when i put some redslime remover to clear the Cyanobacteria bloom i had. A few water changes and i was good to go.
Overall it's really quiet compared to other models i've seen in person at my LFS (hang on back skimmers). it certainly does the job! within a few minutes of having it on i can start to see the 'crap' thats in my water being skimmed out.
awesome skimmer By the shack on 3/22/2014
the shack would recommend this product to a friend
This is the best HOB skimmer on the market. After much research and alot of anticipation I finally took the plunge. Boy was it worth it I have a 75 gallon sps tank that I ran skimmerless for a year I had immeasurable nitrates on a red sea nitrate pro colorimetric test kit with zero algae anywhere in the tank. Within one day this skimmer was pulling stuff out and within three days I got 1/4 collection cup full. After a week the skimmate was a nice dark green color and all of my fish and sps displayed even more vibrant color with polyp expansion that was unparalled before. If you arent running a sump this is the best purchase you can make even if you have zero nitrates like I did. The instructions were lacking but if you have a little common sense it should be no problem to figure out how to put it together.
Best HOB skimmer i have ever used By Ezra on 1/27/2014
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 1/3/2014
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 12/14/2013
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 11/21/2013
stoney would recommend this product to a friend
I have the. 2000 and the 1000 both work fantastic
What!!! By Jasso on 10/11/2013
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 10/7/2013
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 9/5/2013
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 7/25/2013
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 7/11/2013
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 7/2/2013
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.