Works great, after it breaks in By Alex on 2/5/2015
Alex would recommend this product to a friend
This baby works like a well oiled machine... after it breaks in! Mine didn't produce anything at all for at least the first 24 hours, probably closer to 30ish... and even then it was very minimal. I was a bit concerned, but everything I read said to let it break in. Sure enough, it took a week and it really kicked in. Now it produces a lot of nasty green skim, I would definitely buy this again.
Where's the instruction? By Ted on 1/8/2015
Ted would recommend this product to a friend
BRS asked me to review this product even though I've had this product for almost a week. It looks like it's got good quality parts although there are no step by step instructions how to assemble it. There is a small diagram of an exploded view of the parts list which is slightly helpful. The collection box on top allows water to creep up the side wall. These little bubbles that creep up pop and eventually create a drop of water which runs down the outside of the filter and drip off the bottom. I'm still trying to fine tune this filter but I think I'll eventually be happy with it. It's already pulling out nasty junk from the water.
Excellent product! By Jo on 11/17/2014
Jo would recommend this product to a friend
I was a little concerned that it would be difficult to set up after reading other reviews but it was super easy. Started pulling gunk out within a few hours and my tank never looked so good. No micro-bubbles at all. Love it!!!
a good skimmer By matthew on 8/23/2014
matthew would recommend this product to a friend
Best hang on skimmer I have ever had. I have had it for over a year and it pulls out so much " ". When you go to clean it the scum will be thick and smell horrible.
superb skimmer By little reef big coral on 7/22/2014
little reef big coral would recommend this product to a friend
Awesome. Deserves 5 stars even with the horrible instructions. wow someone wrote a comment they only clean theirs out once a month.
bad equipment By willie on 7/20/2014
willie wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
Don't waste your money it will after a few months
A BEAST By C Covington on 7/12/2014
C Covington would recommend this product to a friend
I've used many brands/types of protein skimmers over the years. This one hands down is the most powerful and efficiently designed that I've ever run across. Installation was easy (and leak free) and it started pulling gunk out of my tank within hours after power up. Highly recommended.
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.
Love it! By Susan on 4/30/2013
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 4/18/2013
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 4/17/2013
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 4/14/2013
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 4/1/2013
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 3/25/2013
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 2/26/2013
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 2/17/2013
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 12/21/2012
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 12/5/2012
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 11/18/2012
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 10/19/2012
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 8/18/2012
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.
awsome hob skimmer By dfresh on 8/2/2012
dfresh would recommend this product to a friend
I've had remora pro and several other hob skimmers and the bh 2000 is the absolute best. I had it on a 32 gallon while cycling dry live rock and in the first 4 days it was already full of thick skimmate. Not the watered down skimmate you would expect. Now its on my 75 gallon reef tank and works wonderfully. Construction is heavy duty. Works as well as an in sump skimmer.
Loud at first By Jim on 6/15/2012
Jim would recommend this product to a friend
I bought this BH2000 because it was so highly recommended on many websites and reviews. I'm hoping it will be as good as they say. The problem I had other than the lack of directions was that the thing was so LOUD at first. I had to run in a bucket of water in the office since it was too loud to go in the living room. After about a week and a half and strategically placed Styrofoam it is tolerable in the living room. I plan on soundproofing it even more.
I will say that BRS customer support agent, Lue Vang, and Coralvue support was responsive and helpful.
DONT BUY By SWC on 5/27/2012
SWC wouldn't recommend this product to a friend
THIS THING HAS BEEN NOTHING BUT A HEADACHE SINCE DAY ONE GOT IT IN MAIL PUT TOGETHER INSTRUCTIONS SUCKED THEN AFTER I GOT IT ALL GOING AND HOOKED UP I NOTICED IT JUST DIDNT SEEM LIKE THE PUMP WAS STRONG AT ALL THIS ISNT MY FIRST RODEO IVE OWNED SEVERAL HOB PROTEIN SKIMMERS AND SEEMS THEY ALL SUCK BUT SINCE I HAVE NO ROOM FOR A SUMP IM STUCK WITH THESE I KNOW THERES A GOOD 10 DAY BREAK IN BEFORE YOU REALLY START SEEING IT GO TO TOWN BUT YOU THINK AFTER 4 MONTHS IT START WORKING BUT NO NOT THE CASE THE MOST I GET FROM IT IS A GREENISH LIQUID IN MY CUP AND AFTER THE FIRST MONTH I GOT TO CLEAN AND PLUG BACK IN GUESS WHAT IT DONT WANT TO FIRE BACK UP HAD TO UNPLUG PLUG IN UNPLUG PLUG IN TILL IT GOT GOING BAD SIGN NEXT MOTH I GO TO DO MY CLEANING AND SAME THING BUT THIS TIME I HAD TO BREAK IT DOWN TAKE APART PUT BACK TO GETHER AND AFTER ABOUT 15 MIN OF THE PLUGIN THING IT FIRED BACK UP SAME THING THE NEXT MONTH NOW THIS MONTH TODAY ITS DOA I SPENT ALMOST $200 ON THIS THING IT NEVER WORKED RIGHT AND LASTED 4 MONTHS .... NOW FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE LAST MONTH I CALLED IT IN THEY COULDNT HELP OVER PHONE TOLD ME TO CALL MANUFACTURE SO I DID AND THEY WOULDN'T RETURN MY PHONE CALL AND JUST KEEP LEAVING MESSAGES MY ADVICE TO ALL IS DO NOT BUY NOT WORTH THE CASH
real good By bob on 5/25/2012
bob would recommend this product to a friend
beats the heck out of my hob prizim. i was lucky to get one cup a month out of it. but this one i am emptying ever other day and you can tell it is pulling some nasty stuff out cause it smells nasty! the only problem, you have to disasymble the return to get at the sponge but other than that i would buy again.
Good Deal By Earl on 4/8/2012
Earl would recommend this product to a friend
As far as HOBs go, Im very happy with this skimmer. It does a good job on my 55g reef.
Great price for a great product! By Erik on 3/15/2012
Erik would recommend this product to a friend
Installed it onto my tank as soon as I received it and almost immediately it started getting a nasty green colored skimate. The next day it seemed to be broken in And started pulling some dark green skimate. Really quiet and efficient skimmer. Works awesome. Could have came with instructions tho.
the best hands down By jason on 3/14/2012
jason would recommend this product to a friend
this is a great unit it does two jobs at once and does them both very well it started producing skimate rightaway I would not think of getting anything else for a tank with only a canister and not a sump
Well Made Skimmer By Evan on 2/20/2012
Evan would recommend this product to a friend
I have had this skimmer running for about 2 weeks on my 55 gallon and it has preformed very well. It made quite a few bubbles at first, but after some adjustments, bubble production is very low.
great skimmer By Jason on 1/30/2012
Jason would recommend this product to a friend
bought this skimmer a couple weeks ago and it is one of the better skimmers i have seen
awesome skimmer By jason on 1/23/2012
jason would recommend this product to a friend
bought to replace super skimmer and cant believe the difference
Outstanding!!!! By FuDz CWerner on 11/25/2011
FuDz CWerner would recommend this product to a friend
I put this on my 75gal tank with 6 fish in it. For the first couple of days it was returning micro bubbles, but it did start working immediately. After 3 days all I can say is WOW!!! With my fish load I am emptying the cup 2 times a week with dark nasty skimmate. The instructions were pretty easy to follow and the unit installed quickly. The unit is also fairly quiet.
Great Skimmer! By SEAN on 10/19/2011
SEAN would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer is awesome! I replaced my Remora Pro with this one recently and could not be happier with the results. Definitely made a HUGE difference in my tank. Highly recommended if you must go with a HOB skimmer.
Wow! By Bobby on 8/5/2011
Bobby would recommend this product to a friend
This skimmer is no joke!!! It sets the bar for HOB skimmers. It produced dark nasty skim in two hour after I hooked it up. I had some micro bubbles for the first few days but they are gone now. Its a must for tanks with out a sump.
Surprising results By Andrew on 7/21/2011
Andrew would recommend this product to a friend
Never thought for the price it would work as good as it does. The skimmer took a couple of days to break in the it produced tons of bubbles. The collection cup is now cleaned every couple of days and is half full of stinky nastiness. Great buy!
Loved this skimmer By Jim on 3/7/2011
Jim would recommend this product to a friend
I used this skimmer only for a short period, because I ended up adding a sump and going with an in sump skimmer. The BH2000 was used to upgrade from another HOB skimmer, and I much prefered the BH2000. The surface skimmer works wonderfully, and will remove all the surface gunk. The skimmer removed a much darker skimmate than my previous HOB skimmer. This skimmer was cheaper than my previous and worked much better. Was very happy with it.