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Micro bubbles unfortunately can be a little tricky to control on a skimmer if they are appearing right away. Typically solutions include raising or lower the physical height of the skimmer in the water. lowering or raising the gate valve which allows the bubbles out and adjusting the air silencer to restrict the air flow. Bubbles will often occur on lower bio-load systems and often taking used skimmate and pouring into the body of the skimmer can change the bubble size. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
The Sm163 can work well in a range between 7-9" of water. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
The DC controller that is included with Skimz Skimmer pumps do not have the ability to be controlled by an external controller.
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- Integrated cylindrical and cone shape chambers help reduce bubble bursting and surface agitation
- Bubble Plate Design - reduces turbulence
- Maximum air flow capacity in compact design
- Micro-adjustable valve for precise water level control
- Twist-lock neck for easy collection cup removal
- Quality construction - CNC machined parts and Georg Fischer fittings
- Internal application - no feed pump required
- Base Diameter: 6.3" (160mm)
- Foot Print: 7.4” x 7.4” (188mm x 188mm)
- Total Height: 21.5” (545mm)
- Cup Diameter: 160 mm
VSC3000-DC Pump Features:
- Six RPM presets
- Feed mode with shut off timer
- Air Draw: 159-317 GPH (600-1200 LPH)
- Power Consumption: 9-19 Watts
- Warranty for Original Purchaser against defective material and workmanship that occurs during normal use.
- 2 Year Warranty on skimmer body
- 1 Year Warranty on pump
Very Happy! By john on 8/3/2016john would recommend this product to a friendPros:
It's well made
Super quiet DC pump
Super easy to tune
Backed by BRS (get replacement parts direct from them)
Great skimming performance
Have yet to find one
This Skimz model is really a no brainer if you need a new or skimmer. I have a new Red Sea 120 gallon tank and replaced the existing skimmer (what a piece of junk) with this new Skimz. Within hours I realized the Skimz was doing a much, much better job of removing waste. The other feature I was most interested in resolving with the Skimz was noise, and this skimmer did not let me down. It makes virtually zero noise with the DC pump. I couldn't be happier with this purchase.
Superior Skimmer By FLSharkvictim on 6/22/2016FLSharkvictim would recommend this product to a friendI have owned many skimmers in the past and nothing compares to the Skimz Monzter SM163 DC. I just got mine last week and already it's pulling out nasty brown stuff out of my tank. Normally break in time can be anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months depending on the skimmer and the mfg. My friend bought the Vertex Omega and he has had it for about a month and it's still not broke in. It's funny b/c his wife complaints all the time on how loud the skimmer is when running.. i have owned a Reef Octopus, DelTech and a Aqua Medic and none of them are in the same league as the Skimz Monzter series. I have never heard such a quite skimmer in my life. Another plus on the Skimz line is you dont have to deal with the MFG in Singapore, BRS handles all of the returns or any issues you are having with the skimmer and as well as replacement parts..We all know how hard it can be when dealing with some of these MFG'S. Also, you can't even tell my 163 dc is running if you have my cabinet doors closed. I give this skimmer 5 stars across the board and would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone that wants a top of the line skimmer.
Very happy to have customer service from the BRS team By Justin w on 6/10/2016Justin w would recommend this product to a friendSo I did a lot of research before selecting this skimmer for my reefer 450 Red Sea tank. Break in was very quick. Good thick dark skimmate within 24 hours. Issue was a week or two the pump started making a loud noise. It went away. I emailed the brs team and they offered to replace it as well as tips to check if I wanted to. I told them hold off and let me see if I just had it adjusted wrong. Few days later the noise was back. I emailed back and they asked me to call. I called on a Tuesday and they without question offered a new pump and shipped it that day and I'll have it tomorrow. Amazing customer service. Very happy with the crew here
Great Skimmer By Robert on 6/9/2016Robert would recommend this product to a friendonly have had it running a week out preforms my old skimmer hands down, love all the fine tuning you can do with this skimmer best of all BRS takes care of all the warranty on them . I would recommend this skimmer to anybody looking for a high performance skimmer .
Awesome By Jeff on 4/21/2016Jeff would recommend this product to a friendQuick easy set up, fast break in period, producing dark Skimmate after lees than a day, . I have recently reengaged and upgraded my reef keeping game. This new Skimmer was a big part of my system upgrade. Love the DC pump feature. High quality and great function, I looked at a lot of other skimmers and I'm gland I went with this one.
Best skimmer I've owned By Justin on 4/18/2016Justin would recommend this product to a friendConsistent skim, quiet and working fantastic on my heavily stocked 90. Corals and fish looking better after just a week with this skimmer churning along. Did I say quiet ?? I have to open my stand cabinet to see if it's on.
easy Install, great performance By Great Product on 4/7/2016Great Product would recommend this product to a friendNice quality, easy assembly, quiet, and performs well. Break in period was short, the DC pump is quiet, with 6 preset speed options, that combined with 2 micro adjustable features make it easy to dial in and get the foam/skimming I was looking for., running it on my 180g mixed reef. the foot print size and DC pump helped me choose between Skimz, Reef Octo, and Vertex. and I'm a big fan or the Vertex line/quality.
Great Skimmer By Ryan on 2/1/2016Ryan would recommend this product to a friendTuning it was easy. Before I bought it I read some people said they couldn't tune it. It started taking dark green waste out of my tank right away.
Simple, Effective, Overkill, in a small footprint By Damion on 12/8/2015Damion would recommend this product to a friendI am so glad I went with this skimmer! It is super quiet, has lots of "tunabiilty", and was instantly "broken in" and producing skimmate in a few hours. I am using this on my heavily stocked 90. I have 5 "poopers" aka tangs and 10 other smaller fish, and feed 3 times a day. I don't skim too wet, and get very dark skimmate, and the huge collection cup lasts me about a week. It also has an optional drain for a skimmate locker. The parts are readily available on BRS and relatively inexpensive if needed. It is built very solid and from what I understand, way easier to tune in than a Vertex. This in conjuction with my Methanol denitrator, I keep my nitrates just barely detectable. I am very happy with this purchase!
Outstanding By Ronald on 11/22/2015Ronald would recommend this product to a friendThis replaced a skimmer that I had been fighting with for 6 weeks. I spent about 20 minutes with adjustments and 6 hours later I had waste in the cup. A few tweaks here and there and it does exactly what it should. Super quiet and versatile I will purchase another Skimz for my next salt tank. The quality is impressive.
Excellent skimmer for the price By Neil on 9/8/2015Neil would recommend this product to a friendIt's not at the same level of quality as the Vertex or Reef Octopus but for the money it's a solid unit. I'm using it on a tank that has been fully cycled for only a month. Even though I don't have a ton of nutrients, I could see that it was already starting to do the job. Based on my experience with other skimmers (Reef Octopus), I believe this skimmer will do the job. The unit is extremely quiet. I wasn't sure I needed the DC pump but I'm now glad I opted for it. Small footprint also lets me put other items in the sump. So far I would definitely recommend it.
Awesome Skimmer! By Marty on 7/11/2015Marty would recommend this product to a friendI bought this one to replace my old ASM G-4 Simmer, and I can not believe the difference in quality and performance! This Skimmer is awesome.
And I can't believe how quiet it is and the footprint size is very nice if you have a smaller sump and tight on Space.
I have this installed on my 225 gallon tank.
I highly recommend this Skimmer! And a great price too.