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Skimz SN143 Monzter Mini Protein Skimmer
The SN series of protein skimmers are ideal for tanks that do not have a lot of space in the sump available. The footprint is under 7 3/4" x 8" which makes it very easy to fit in almost all locations and sump types.
Updated VSC2.1 DC Controllable Pump
All Skims SN143 skimmers now come with the updated VSC2.1 controllable DC powered pump. With multiple power modes, you now have full control over the amount of water and air that are flowing into your skimmer. The updated pump has had the electronic control devices integrated into the controller instead of the motor block like most other DC pumps. That now eliminated the chance of heat or water coming into contact with the sensitive parts of the pump, leading to a much longer life.
- Footprint: 7 9/16" x 7 7/8"
- Total Height: 19 1/2"
- Body Diameter: 5 1/2"
- Pump: Skimz VSC2000 DC
- Air Intake: 240 – 660 L/h
- Total Watts: 9 – 18W
- Operating Depth: 7" to 9.5"
Pump fails and you can count on that! By William on 9/16/2016William wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI originally left a review on this product stating the skimmer was great but that opinion lasted only 7 months, this is when the originally pump died. BRS quickly sent me a replacement pump which died within 2 weeks. BRS offered to refund, replace entire skimmer for another brand but I wanted to give Skimz one last chance, because t what are the odds of 3 pumps failing....? I guess pretty damn good because after 5 weeks with the 2nd replacement pump (3rd overall) was dead. BRS refunded the entire skimmer, so I purchased a Reef Octopus. I asked BRS if they wanted the skimmer and pumps back and they said it isn't worth the shipping costs....
low quality pump & worst collection cup By Nadibullah on 7/11/2016Nadibullah wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI can't get the collection cup off no matter what i try and how hard i try the only way is to clean it you have to take the whole skimmer out of the sump and the pump gave up on me after 3 months of use do not buy it
Cup too tight, DC pump not up to par By Bill on 7/8/2016Bill wouldn't recommend this product to a friendWhile this unit does make good skim, I broke the plastic rod on the gate valve trying to remove the cup. I went with a unit with a DC pump in attempt to minamise heat in my tank to reduce cooling draw , however pump is poor design it is noisy had to replace armature once and frankly to produce skim the gate needs to be closed down 3/4 of the way with speed at max. I would have expected a better product from Skimz.
I want to recant...don't buy this unit. By DavidJP on 6/10/2016DavidJP wouldn't recommend this product to a friendOriginally I wrote that this product was good for the price. I could not amend my original review so I am writing this one. I would recommend you do not buy this unit. Here's why: After having used it for just a few more months I am now completely fed up with the unit. The collector is hard to get on and off. Usually I end up with skimmate on my shirt, in the sump, or worse trying to get it off the unit. Its not that easy to put back on either. One time I accidentally broke the output valve adjuster trying to get the collector off. It should not be this hard. Despite all that, the worst part is the DC pump seemed to have failed after about 4 months of operation. In all fairness, I haven't attempted to take it apart to find out the cause of the motor issue because to do so I have to take the skimmer itself apart, and over-all I am just disappointed by the unit. It didn't seem to do any better than the less fancy skimmer I had before it when it was working. I wish I could suggest a better alternative, but I have not found one yet in that price range.
So far so good! By Doug on 6/9/2016Doug would recommend this product to a friendI've had this skimmer for about a month now and it is working well. At first it was very sensitive, and it would fill the collection cup with water. It took about two weeks for it to break in and settle down. My sump water level is constant as I use an ATO. The adjustments are very sensitive so you'll need to make very small adjustments and wait a while to see how it's running. The collection cup was very difficult to remove at first, but now the o-ring isn't too tight and the cup now comes off with slight pressure. The DC controllable pump is very nice. The skimmer is well made and seems like it will last for years.
VERY QUIET - WORKS - EASY TO ADJUST By William on 6/3/2016William would recommend this product to a friendI have had this skimmer for over 6 moths now and love it,. Easy to set up and after break in has been running strong with zero problems. The collection cup is tight but not to the extreme as others have mentioned. IF this one goes out I will be get the same one.
Very hard to remove collection cup By AtulR on 6/1/2016AtulR wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI love this skimmer, it's doing very well.
Only problem is that I cannot get the collection cup off no matter what. Almost impossible, I have to get the skimmer out of the sump, which means external holder. Not a big deal, but still a pain..
BUY DREWS DOSER TUBE LUBE WITH THIS SKIMMER! THE COLLECTION CUP By chris on 5/20/2016chris would recommend this product to a friendIS TERRIBLY DESIGNED. LUCKILY, I ALREADY HAD SOME AS I LUBE THE DOSING TUBES 2X A YEAR. A GOOD SKIMMER, BUT THE COLLECTION CUP IS TERRIBLY DESIGNED. BRS MAILED ME A $80 OFF COUPON SO I BOUGHT THIS SKIMMER FOR $149.00. ILL TAKE THE DEAL AND MANAGE WITH THE SKIMMER CUP ISSUES. YOU WILL NEED TO LUBE THE O RING/COLLECTION CUP SEAL EVERY SINGLE TIME. DC PUMP AND CONTROLLER ARE A VERY NICE ADDITION.
Terrible skimmer pump. By RayT on 4/10/2016RayT wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI was going to give it 5 stars the first week I had it. But if you have been in this hobby long enough you realize why they call it good husbandry. This skimmer was a match made in heaven but as soon as the honey moon was over things went south. The skimmer pump went out after three months of use and in the worst time possible. The skimmer pump went out just as I was leaving for vacation. I contacted the fokes at BRS. and they quickly sent me a replacement pump. Good thing I have a back up skimmer that works fine but it is just noisy. But who cares about noise when no one is home. Well the replacement pump got here and I installed it. But this replacement pump was super finicky it would over flow the skimmer collection cup. Several times I had a water fountain in my sump. The skimmer pump would shoot so much water it would come out of the collection cup vents. Good thing I was home when this would happen. Finally the replacement pump broke in and I had good skim mate. But not for long because the pump went out again. Just after one month of use. I have contacted BRS and I am requesting a full refund. I would not recommend this skimmer. I am currently using my old noisy skimmer that kept my water nice and clean.
Works Great By Bigjohn on 4/8/2016Bigjohn would recommend this product to a friendI have it for a month now. All I had to do is take the O-Ring off the collection cup and it works perfect.
Great skimmer for your money By Scotty on 4/3/2016Scotty would recommend this product to a friendHave had this skimmer for about 6 months now, it's a bit temperamental with it jumping around when sump water levels rise and fall. I found if you just leave it the skimmer will resume on its own. As for the collection cup I put my thumb and forefinger on the white collar and gently prise up with the back of my hand and it comes away a treat. All in all a lot of skimmer for your cash!!!!
Love it By Karyl on 3/21/2016Karyl would recommend this product to a friendLove this skimmer