Top Protein Skimmers Under $300 and up to 75 Gallons of Reef Tank - BRStv Buyer's Guide
Finding budget-friendly reefing equipment that doesn’t sacrifice performance or durability is of the utmost importance to us at Bulk Reef Supply. Explore our top skimmer picks that won't break the bank from great brands like Reef Octopus & Bubble Magus.
A Proven Entity: Reef Octopus Classic 110INT
The Reef Octopus Classic 110INT Skimmer has been around forever and despite its large footprint, it has kept its footing as one of the top budget skimmers on the market. A tapered upper body, gate valve, air silencer, and collection cup drain port are all assets that make this skimmer a true workhorse. Coming in at just over $215 and jam-packed with features you would expect from a higher-end model, the Reef Octopus Classic 110INT is bound to impress you.
A More Compact Alternative: Reef Octopus Classic 110SSS
If you love the features of the Classic 110INT but simply do not have the sump space to employ this beast, the Reef Octopus Classic 110SSS may be a better option for you. Reef Octopus achieved a smaller footprint by moving the Aquatrance skimmer pump inside the body and using a wedge pipe style outlet. While this skimmer doesn’t have a drain port, the large collection cup should allow plenty of time before needing to empty it. The wedge pipe design provides more precise control over the internal water level compared to the gate valve used on the INT series skimmers and priced at only $252, this skimmer is once again a great value.
Features Galore: Bubble Magus Curve 5 Elite
For hobbyists who like some additional premium features built into their protein skimmer, the Bubble Magus Curve 5 Elite is bound to impress. A gear-driven gate valve for water level control, quick release tabs for disassembly, a drain port for the collection cup, and a Sicce PSK skimmer pump are all included in this attractive model. You can expect near silent operation thanks to the included air silencer and noise-reducing silicone feet. At a price point of just $250, this skimmer is yet another great option under $300.
For the Tight Squeeze: Bubble Magus Z-Series 8
If you’re really stressed about space when it comes to selecting the proper skimmer for your needs, look no further than the Z-Series 8 from Bubble Magus. This unit sports a footprint of roughly 5” x 8” and the entire body is made from injection-molded plastic. Additionally, a belt-driven gate allows the hobbyist to control the skimmer's water level and a DC pump keeps the Z-8 operating quietly. Even with its unique appearance, this skimmer still comes in at a price of just $230.
Having a protein skimmer that you know you can rely on when keeping a reef aquarium is essential to your ultimate success within the hobby. Each of the budget-friendly protein skimmers presented within this video is more than capable of operating on heavily stocked 75-gallon reef tanks. When it comes down to deciding which option is right for you, each of these units has unique features that may make one a better fit for your needs. If you have any questions or, you are trying to find a budget-friendly skimmer for your specific aquarium, our Customer Service Team would be happy to assist you.