awesome skimmer By the shack on 3/22/14
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 1/27/14
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.
Good looking skimmer...size too big By Yellowjacket on 4/17/13
Yellowjacket would recommend this product to a friend
I wanted this skimmer for my under aquarium sump/refugium. I called Coralvue to make sure the size of the skimmer would fit under my aquarium. I didn't get the right sizes and the BH2000 was more than 10 inches above my sump and won't fit under my tank. Overall the skimmer looks great. However, since I had opened the box I can't return it to BRS. Even if they would take it back BRS would charge me for their shipping cost to send the unit to me plus my cost to ahip it back to them. So now I have a brand new BH2000 for sale that I have own 2 days and not able to use or return. Not real happy with BRS's return policy or Coralvue for giving the wrong demensions.
this skimmer rocks By wallie on 4/14/13
wallie would recommend this product to a friend
As with most OCTOPUS products this thing is awesome. I am running this skimmer on a 40g breeder SPS dominant tank.. it took a good week of fighting micro-bubbles for it to brake in. but let me tell you once it did i have been getting some great skimate. i find myself cleaning the collection cup on a daily basses and the best thing i have found for this is a baby bottle brush... you wont be disappointed with this skimmer
Pretty loud for a bedroom By Travis on 4/1/13
Travis would recommend this product to a friend
Instructions are lacking, but the translation is kind of fun to read. After about 2 weeks of running in the bedroom, it is a little louder than I expected for noise. There is a trickling/gurgling sound from the water going into the return, a noticeable hum from the motor, and a sucking noise from the intake. All of these things are perfectly normal, but combined making enough noise in a small room to keep a light sleeper awake. $10 of foam from a fabric store has taken the edge of the noise, but not a perfect solution.
Did not like the design at all! By James on 3/25/13
James wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
I would have had to hack my acrylic aquarium up to get this to fit! The design is obviously for glass only tanks, Did not like that there is no flexibility as far as mounting and drain options. Looks like I am saving for a sump and better skimmer!
Freaking AWESOME By Shannon on 2/27/13
Shannon would recommend this product to a friend
It was a little overwhelming when I opened the box, but it really was not too difficult to put together. This thing is a beast, was skimming junk out my water almost immediately! Highly recommend.
Outstanding Skimmer By Proflemoi on 2/17/13
Proflemoi would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer is a real work horse! The gunk that it is pulling from my tank is amazing. The pump that comes with the deluxe package is just right and I am very pleased with the results! The unit is quiet, not silent but good enough for me. I have had mine running for several months and it works great! I would recommend this to anyone who does not have a sump.
Great Product By Andrew on 12/21/12
Andrew would recommend this product to a friend
I just got this skimmer, been running one week now, started skimming the first night in my tank. It is running on a 75 gallon right now,so far no problems with it. Yes the instructions are not that good if you are not familiar with skimmers, but its pretty self explanatory where the parts go, and there are some videos online you can look up if you need help to assemble it. This is the second HOB skimmer i have owned and i really like this one.Did not have any micro bubble problems and i do not have any gurgling sounds that i have read people have with this skimmer.I would purchase another one of these skimmers if i ever needed another one for a tank.
Great skimmer By Jennifer on 12/6/12
Jennifer would recommend this product to a friend
Had this set up in an hour and another hour later it was collecting brown nasty stuff in the collection cup!!!
Great By Edward on 11/18/12
Edward would recommend this product to a friend
I am running this on a 60 gal. reef tank and love it. It pulls alot of gunk out the water. I really like that on the water return side there is plenty of room for a bag of carbon and a heater. And the pump is external also one less thing inside my aquarium.
Good to go !!!! By Jodeci888 on 10/19/12
Jodeci888 would recommend this product to a friend
Thanks to everyone at BRS for the answers to my questions before I bought it. I have a 92 gallon corner bow front and the skimmer is perfect. Easy to set up and already skimming on a new tank with 65 lbs of rock.
Great HOB skimmer By Robert on 8/19/12
Robert would recommend this product to a friend
After a lot of research this skimmer seems like the best bang for the buck as far as HOB skimmers go. Very few micro bubbles. Works just fine for my 80 gallon reef.