- eSsence S-130 Internal Protein Skimmer - Reef Octopus
BRS Recommended for tanks up to:
Heavy Bioload (Most Common) - 75 Gallons
Medium Bioload - 120 Gallons
Light Bioload - 160 gallons
- Footprint - 8.3" x 6.9"
- Height - 20.5″
- Recommended Water Height: 7"-8"
Reef Octopus eSsence S-130 Protein Skimmer has been designed from the ground up to create a super silent, space-saving skimmer. The biggest change that you will notice is the quick connect tabs that hold the body to the base plate. Within just a couple seconds you can disconnect the body from the base for cleaning, or service the pump. Other innovative features include an integrated silencer into the neck of the skimmer. The Silencer is auto-draining and the large chamber keeps any noise from becoming audible.
Tuning the S-130 is easier than ever with the 16 step click dial that lets you perfectly adjust your skimmers internal water level. With traditional gate valves or wedge pipes, you can almost never recreate the same setting if the valve is ever bumped or turned. The S-130 click dial easily lets you retune your skimmer in the event that something changes. One of the biggest change to the eSsence S-130 skimmer is its fully submerged discharge pipe. The unique 360-degree pipe has special cuts to keep the water exiting the skimmer from splashing and making any noise.
Well Stocked Tank - Rated up to 75 gallons
Medium Stocked Tank - Rated up to 120 gallons
Light Stocked Tank - Rated up to 160 gallons
- Aquatrance 1800s Pump
- Quick Disconnect Body
- Dome Bubble Chamber
- 12% Quieter with Integrated Silencer Collar
- Splash Free Discharge
- Twist & Lock Collection Cup
- Calibrated Click Dial Adjustments
- Body Diameter: 6"
- Neck Size: 2.4"
- Foot Print: 8.3” x 6.9”
- Total Height: 20.5”
- Output Size: 1.25”
- Recommended sump water depth: 7 -8"
Aquatrance 1800s Pinwheel Pump Features:
- Max Flow - 140 GPH
- Air Draw: up to 480 L/H (17SCFH)*
- Power Consumption: 11W
- Voltage: 120VAC
*Aquarium set up will determine air and water results.
1x eSsence S-130 INT Protein Skimmer
1x Aquatrance 1800S Pump
1x eSsence S-130 INT Collection Cup & Lid
NOT silent By Austin on 1/4/2020Austin wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThis is going to be a bit harsh of a review.
I purchased this skimmer to replace a RO Classic INT 150 skimmer that was making a HUMMing noise and which took up a bit too much space in my sump. That being said I was very impressed with the RO unit I had. It was made of good quality and thick-ish acrylic. It really felt like a quality piece of work. This pushed me towards this RO unit.
I read the reviews and people were saying this was SILENT so I dropped over $300.00 to rid myself of the INT 150 hum..... Imagine my surprise to find that this is LOUDER than the INT 150 that cost about half as much.
Furthermore, the entire unit feels cheap. It is very thin and the way the collection cup detachesalso feels cheap. The INT 150 has a nice solid junction for the cup that just screams quality. ALso, where the body attaches to the base plate, there is a groove that appears to be intended to hold a rubber seal/gasket, however no seal is present. Very odd. It does not even have a gasket in the parts list.... Why is there a channel around the base plate if nothing goes in there?
Now, all that being said... I dont care how cheap it feels. I really only care about 1 thing... NOISE. I am sitting 15 feet from it RIGHT NOW and can hear it humming away.
To everyone that said this is Silient... I really have no idea why you would say that. it is NOT silent... far from it.
high quality stuff - with one caveat By Jackie on 1/2/2020Jackie would recommend this product to a friendIve owned about 5-7 skimmers in the last two years between the four tanks that i have. I can tell you that this is a great skimmer, easily adjustable and cleaned. Among all the skimmers i owned (all mid ranged, sorry I don't believe in paying $800 for a 100 gallon tank skimmer) this has the highest quality acrylic hands down.
rated tank capacity is little optimistic in my opinion. If you look at the water and air draw specs of this skimmer, and compare it to another skimmer in the same price range and class, let's say Red Sea RSK 300 which is also rated for the same bioload. You can see the red sea has a LOT higher air and water draw capacity. Simple physics, you need a lot of air, water and time - to determine the amount waste a skimmer can remove.
Based on that, I think this skimmer is more in line with a skimmer with a Sicce SK200 pump such as an ESHOPPS Axium 120 or S 100, or a bubble magus curve elite 5. I say this based on it's physical size (the amount of space for the water and air to mix) and it's pump (air/water draw).
Based on the air/water draw this skimmer is a bit overpriced according to the rest of the market, since it's just running on a cheap chinese made AC pump. (compared to an Italian made Sicce in which replacement can be easily found) However, it does have better features on the body of the skimmer, such as quick release clips and the whole thing can be reassembled and disassembled by hand very quickly. Really nice valve design, easy to use. The quality of the acrylic is the best Ive ever felt.
Given all of this, id recommend this skimmer for a 40 (heavy) to 120 gallon (light) bioload.
Great unit By Jim on 12/28/2019Jim would recommend this product to a friendReplacing an ten year old Octo skimmer. After looking at several different units and reading the reviews, I chose the Essence 130. After a week of running wide open without the cup plug inplace. I decided to try tune it to skim. And after not being able to slow down this bubble making masterpiece, I measured my water depth and realized that i was two inches deeper than the recommended depth. So after cutting some pvc legs, I was able to dial up a perfect amount of foam. And Quite? This thing just doesn't make noise! I love it so far. And if it lasts ten years like the old unit? I'll buy another Octo! Very Pleased with this unit.
Best skimmer hands down By Jay on 12/12/2019Jay would recommend this product to a friendLook no further. This is best small footprint skimmer you can buy. Easy to dial in and adjust. The best part is that it is also a snap to disassemble and clean. Other manufacturers have now copied this design, but RO is still the best.
The best there is By John on 12/4/2019John would recommend this product to a friendBroke in in under a week! Amazing skimmer! Look no further!
love it By jeremy on 11/19/2019jeremy would recommend this product to a friendawesome skimmer so easy to use
broken dial after 1 year By Jeremy on 9/27/2019Jeremy wouldn't recommend this product to a friendBought this instead of a used one from my local fish store thinking I was paying premium for a premium brand. I was wrong. The skimmer worked great until i went to adjust the flow. The dial broke right off cause its very thin cheap plastic behind that circular dial. Extremely fragile piece of equipment.
Excellent Skimmer By Jordan on 8/8/2019Jordan would recommend this product to a friendThing works like a champ once it’s dialed in. The cup drain filled a 5 gallon bucket about 3” deep with dark nasty skim when I was on vacation for a week. Works awesome
Set and forget By joe on 4/27/2019joe would recommend this product to a friendIt took al little bit to fully break in, but after that I only touch it no to empty an clean. No further adjustments needed. It's also very quiet a it could not be easier to take apart and reassemble
I've had it 4 months now.
The hype is real By Flip on 3/31/2019Flip would recommend this product to a friendI have been running this skimmer for over 7 months now. It’s the bees knees!
Great Product By TN-B3 on 3/4/2019TN-B3 would recommend this product to a friendI don't leave many reviews but thought it worth my time to recommend this product. Pump is the quietest one in my setup and it is a very nice feature how you can dial this in with precise clicks. Less than a week and it is pretty much dialed in and pulling out skim. I thought it was easy to assemble as well. Get rid of your old skimmer and give this a try! You won't be sorry!
A must by for 90 gallon tanks By The Sealed Reef on 1/17/2019The Sealed Reef would recommend this product to a friendI'm reviewing this skimmer after 3 hours of use. Why? Because I can noticeably tell a huge difference from my Skimz SV203 to this. It's quieter, functionality is amazing and is already skimming an almost lifeless tank due to the current cycle. Very impressed with the no-nonsense approach to it's design and engineering. Should be a big hit amongst reefers. Who cares about "titanium screws"? You can essentially tear this thing down to it's bare acrylic to clean everything and not have to get some special tool to clean around the pump or lower housing. Must buy.
Hi quick question, will the ESSENCE S-130 fit in a Trigger EMERALD SUMP 26 ?
This skimmer appears to be a hair too big. The skimmer section of the sump is 8.25″ x 10″ and the skimmer footprint is 8.3” x 6.9”. Have a great day!