- Reef Octopus Classic 1000 Hang-on-Back Protein Skimmer
Hang on Back skimmer with pump mounted externally under the skimmer body. Unique design reduces heat exchanged to the water. Easy removal of the pump for cleaning and maintenance. Powered by one Aquatrance 1000 pump with improved venturi design and pinwheel impeller. Built with high quality acrylic.
Well Stocked Tank - Rated up to 55 gallons
Medium Stocked Tank - Rated up to 75 gallons
Light Stocked Tank - Rated up to 100 gallons
Will fit on tanks with a rim under 1.125"
- Low profile body
- Air silencer
- Pump is mounted under skimmer body to reduce heat exchange to tank and reduce space needed for skimmer
- Easily remove pump for cleaning and maintenance
- Solid construction
- Footprint: 8" x 3.5"
- Height: 17"
Aquatrance 1000s Pinwheel Pump Features:
- Power Consumption: 9 Watts
- Air Draw: 420 lph/15 SCFH*
- Water Draw: 350 lph/92 GPH*
*Aquarium set up will determine air and water results.
- 2 year warranty on pump
- 1 year on skimmer body
Item #: OCT-BH1000
freakin awesom skimmer By Timothy on 9/14/2019Timothy would recommend this product to a friendalthough I didn't bur this skimmer from BRS. I still felt compelled to do a review on it. I was having nothing but problems with my eshopps psk-100H skimmer. I felt like it was the ford pinto's of skimmers. I could only get it to skim for 24 hours. then I had to take it apart and reclean it. after so many times it just got real old real quick. I was at a grand reopening of a LFS and stopped and talked to the owner. I told him how many problems I have had with my eshopps. he told me he just bought a few used skimmers, he walked me in back of the store. while he was carrying the skimmers back. and he asked me which one i was interested in. I said the 1000. he hooked it up and it worked. he said 85 with another 20 % off for the grand opening discount. I thought it was fair. so far. I have been pleasantly happy with it. I got it hooked up at 3:10 pm and been monitoring the pH on with the co2 scrubber. even my old eshopps skimmer would take up to 24 hours to start skimming. this took up to 15 minutes and ph has risen and skimming is occuring. also love the big skimmer cup. this is a great skimmer. if worried about it overflowing. try the smart skimmer. BRS sells it and worth every penny.
Works well By Dom on 1/15/2018Dom would recommend this product to a friendYes, it can occasionally leak on the floor, but for small tanks or temp setups - it works great. It's a HOB skimmer, it's not for ideal situations - For what it is though, I would recommend it.
Junk By Brandon on 10/29/2017Brandon wouldn't recommend this product to a friendLeaks water, overflows on to your floor. Would not recommend using this while you are not home. Worst protein skimmer ever!!
Overflows on the floor By Chris on 6/20/2017Chris wouldn't recommend this product to a friendStupid design. Open top will fill up on startup and go over the top. When stopped, it almost empties back in the tank which can also overflow. When bubbling, the stupid cup design has bubbles coming up the side of the cup and....you guessed it, overflowing all over the floor. It is just easier and cheaper to save your money and throw buckets of water over your floor. This is the worst skimmer I've used in 20 years.
verry good skimmer By William1 on 2/8/2017William1 would recommend this product to a friendBought this skimmer 10 months ago. Does a very good job taking waste out. My only issue was the impeller shaft was broke when I went to clean the pump out, but Reef Octopus did a great job getting me a replacement one very quick under the warrant.
So far, it's worked well; Issues on install By Ivan on 5/20/2016Ivan would recommend this product to a friendI've had this skimmer for around a month now and it's performed as advertised, producing good skimmate. However, the intake tube is a bit longer than it should for a hob skimmer, unless the water level on your tank is pretty low, so it will not sit at the precise level to skim the surface unless you cut it a few inches. It is also a bit noisy (I can always hear it in the background noise of my living room). Finally, if you decide to buy it, when you install it, check all the tube connections to ensure they are sealed tight. The intake tube comes preassembled to tha skimmer body out of the box, so I didn't try to tighten it more. However, when I finished assembling the skimmer and turned it on, it started to leak through the connection between the body of the skimmer and the intake tube and made a mess in my floor. After completely disassembling it and tightening all of the tubes, I've had no leak issues.
Good Skimmer/but not what is pictured By Thebobs72 on 11/1/2015Thebobs72 would recommend this product to a friendThe skimmer I received looks nothing like the picture here other then the body and the silencer.. This skimmer did go together very easy, I took one look at the instructions and laugh a little just put the thing together. It was skimming junk out of my tank within hours. Only problem I am having is bubbles coming out of the skimmer but this should get better over time.. I have seen many videos on YouTube about this skimmer. I sure would like to know what is the adjustable air valve for. All the skimmers I have seen set up only use the silencer..
Works very well By Melody on 3/29/2015Melody would recommend this product to a friendThis skimmer is huge! I was worried about the weight on the tank, but so far so good. It cleans my tank well, but if I don't clean it, it smells! They may be due to the raw shrimp I feed my sea star. The piece that holds onto the tank arived broken, but I contacted the company and they sent me a replacement quickly.
WOW By Peter on 2/19/2015Peter would recommend this product to a friendAlthough the instructions are not very good you get enough info from the picture. Mine has been running for 2 days. It's already pulling stuff out. It's quiet, and not very noticeable.
Good Quality HOB Skimmer By Adam on 1/20/2015Adam would recommend this product to a friendI bought this for my 55g reef tank. It worked quite well, and was very effective and quiet given its small footprint. I eventually had to replace this skimmer with the BH-2000 when I began carbon dosing as the increased load was causing it to overflow out through the top and onto the floor.
Not for me By dannysreeftank on 1/11/2015dannysreeftank wouldn't recommend this product to a friendOrdered this product because i have another tank with a sump running an internal reef octopus 110 nw, but didnt have the same experience with this one. I had two leaks on test run both due to the horrible directions that come with this product as you need to make sure all 3 o-rings are properly sealed. Next, i had it setup which seemed like would be a high quality product due to the materials that it was made out of, but could never get the product to work properly and had a over flow issue. The overflow issue is what made me decide to return the product as I felt it wasn't as safe as a internal skimmmer which would overflow in the tank vs the ground. I am currently in the process of returning with bulk reef supply after spending 30 dollars to ship back we shall see. So in short don't waste your money on this product its not worth the 3-4 hours of frustration,
coralvue has bad customer service By William on 12/30/2014William wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe pump only lasted 6 months, dont waste your money.
What is the air valve for on hob reef octopus Skimmer 1000
The Air Valve will be for adjusting the amount of air into the skimmer to adjust the amount and shape of the bubbles. this can help to reduce overfilling and keep a solid skimmate production.
Does my tank have to be a certain height for this skimmer to work properly?
Ideally the tank should be around 17" high or higher for this to work well without hanging off the back to the bottom. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Would this work in an aquarium with about 2" wide rim around the top? Thank you.
Unfortunately that will be too thick to work with this skimmer. The classic 1000 will work with rimmed aquariums with a rim thickness of up to 1.125".
Hi, I was wondering how high this sits above the rim of the aquarium. I have a slight clearance issue, and am wondering how much space I need to get the waste cup off. Thank you very much.
This skimmer will need 5" above the rim of the tank. ideally 6" is nice to have to remove the collection cup and skimmer removal. Feel free to let us know if you have any further questions!
Can I use this in 30 gallon tank?
I have a shallow tank which is 13 " hight, is this possible to hang on the back?, i dont mind if it hang off exceed the bottom of the tank. But will the skimmer work and funtion properly?
The skimmer can hang off the back of your tank, and even if it physically sits lower than your tank that is fine. Ultimately the drain for the skimmer just needs to be able to freely drain back into the tank.
Thanks for the question and if you have any more, let us know.
Is the width of the actual box 3.5” inches. Or overall 3.5” from pipe to back of housing. In a pickle. Got 3” from wall to back of tank..
How much clearance do I need between the tank and the wall?
I'm currently living is Spain. Can I buy a different pump for the model that will handle 220v?
Thank you for your interest in Bulk Reef Supply. At the moment we are currently only able to ship to the US and Canada. For further information on our shipping policies please check out our shipping information located at https://www.bulkreefsupply.com/customer-center/customer-service/shipping-delivery
Is it ok to place a media bag in the return side of the skimmer, or is it not enough flow to go threw the bag?
I personally wouldn't put a filter sock on the skimmer itself. The main concern is that if the filter sock clogs up and reduces the output a little bit it could cause your skimmer cup to overflow all over the floor :(