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My Reef Creations MRC MR-3 Protein Skimmer

 
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General This is NOT a plug and play skimmer as some of the newer members are looking for. This is the type of skimmer that requires a bit of fine tuning to get it dialed in and running at top performance... But, once you have it dialed in I will 100% back this up it really pulls a LOT OF MATERIAL out of the water columb! Also, as I said before... It is upgradable which makes for money savings later as we all do upgrade. That just means that a skimmer is not something that needs to be purchased with the upgrade; all that would need to be purchased would be a longer neck which is about a 15 SECOND install.


Liked about it The thing really can handle a massive bioload... Personally my tank is not stocked highly at all... But, the sheer volume of sludge is actually pulls out of my system is simply amazing. For the Money it is definately a good investment. And the best thing is there are still options for upgrading to make it a larger model if a persons tank does get larger.


Didn't like It can sometimes be a bit finicky in the fact that if the air mixture is not just right it wont produce the amount of foam needed to successfully move the skimmate out of the neck. If this happens it just completely cakes the neck of the skimmer up. It's not a huge deal just means you need to clean it ASAP to get it performing at 100% again but, it is kind of irritating on occasions.

Also, if you do not have debris free water going through the skimmer it can very easily plug the becketts (just a matter of making a screen for the water inlet)


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4.0
Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0
Would consider buying it again:
 
4.0

By Jrmass
Jul 06, 2009
 
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General Man do I love the MRC skimmers! I first purchased my MR2 used from a fellow reefer. The skimmer came with a Gen-X pcx55. It took me a while to dial in the skimmer, luckily I love to tinker so I enjoyed the breakin period. I plumbed the pump in over the top of the sump which is not recommended by MRC or most reefers even though there are a few that do it this way. I did get a good amount of skimmate using this method and it was pretty dark nog even though I prefer to skim wet.

If you have it dialed in for a few days and suddenly it stops producing foam don't start adjusting the gatevalve, water level, or air on the beckett. First make sure you did not:

A. Feed the tank.
B. Put your hand in the tank.
C. Add some new plumbing or plastic to the tank.

Any of these can stop or inhibit foam production for a short time, it varies from tank to tank. I have found that new plumbing can stop foam production for days.

However if you did not do any of the above, check your beckett. If they get dirty the bubbles stop. That is the first thing I check now besides making sure my water level in the sump is consistent. Little pieces of Chaeto, snails, algae find their way into the becketts and inhibit the bubbles. I strongly recommend a screen over the inlet of the pump entrance in the sump.

I upgraded my MR2 to an MR3 by purchasing a used riser from a fellow reefer and a 2nd beckett from MRC. I also drilled my sump and replaced the pcx55 pump with a reeflo Dart. The Dart is not pressure rated but kicks out a TON of flow and easily powers both becketts using far less power than a pressure rated pump required to power two becketts, the Dart is whisper quiet too. The amount of bubbles created by using two becketts was a huge difference. The skimmate production went through the roof. I have never smelled something so vile, after a night of drinking Guinness, I cleaned my waste collector and almost vomited from the smell of the nasty sludge collected that was as dark as my treasured Guinness.

Notes:

My system is a 90 gallon display heavily stocked with a 75 gallon sump plumbed into the basement.

If you are having skimmate production issues check the becketts and I strongly recommend an ATO system if your skimmer is in sump. Variations of the water level will play havoc on your dial in attempts and slowly drive you insane..


Liked about it It pulls out some of the nastiest skimmate I have seen.
Competitively priced
Can be placed in sump or out of sump
It's a tinkerers skimmer
Does a great job of aerating the tank.
Excellent craftsmanship
MRC will custom tailor the skimmer for your needs.
Can upgrade the skimmer to an MR-4 or bigger without having to buy a whole new skimmer! Just upgrade the riser and/or your pump
Great support from MRC even if you purchased your skimmer used!


Didn't like Beckett skimmers are loud
The pumps can be expensive to run (pressure pumps are recommended)
The Becketts clog easy causing reduced efficiency.
Can be hard to tune in


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5.0

By Kyuss
Jun 12, 2009
 
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