Great Skimmer By Jon S on 8/18/13
Jon S would recommend this product to a friend
BRS shipped this to me this week and I I want to give a brief review of my experience. I shopped around for quite a while before deciding on this skimmer. I had to balance how much I could afford with the performance I could expect, and after reading hundreds of reviews on every skimmer on the market I finally decided on the Reef Octopus Diablo with the Sicce Pump, but then heard about the new DCS line coming out and decided to wait. Now as this is a new product there weren't any reviews so it was a leap of faith; and let me tell you I could not be happier! When you open it you notice that its big. Real big. So big that I had to move a baffle a quarter inch to get it in my sump. but that's OK because this thing is a quality piece of work. The parts are all well molded, and everything goes together smoothly. Assembly is quick, just a few minutes for me and this is my first full sized skimmer so it was a new experience. The directions aren't great; translation issues mucked them up a bit, and a couple of parts that go to the collection cup drain aren't even on the parts list, but I figured it all out eventually, hooked it all up, and put it in my sump. I'm not gonna lie and say I got it tuned in perfectly in 5 minutes, but the gate valve sure makes tuning easy. Its been running for 3 days and is producing a good dry foam now. I had it set wrong on day one and when i came home from work it was full of water and overflowing the cup so don't be shocked if this happens. It makes a hell of a lot of bubbles, and if you want a quiet skimmer, this one is for you. I can not hear it at all over my return pump, which i will admit is a mag 14 so it isn't the most silent pump, but this skimmer can't be heard unless my head is inside the cabinet. The speed controller is a great feature, and feeding mode is a huge plus. Its awesome, would definitely recommend, and would buy again.