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Super Skimmer - Needle-Wheel System up to 220 G

 
Super Skimmer Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer 220 gallon by Coralife. Patented needle-wheel system with aspirating venturi creates micro-bubbles to vigorously remove dissolved proteins


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Installation and Operation Installing this skimmer is pretty straight-forward but it puts a lot of bubbles back into your system if you don't have a sump. The bubble diffuser leaves a lot to be desired and the skimmate is very wet. The bubbles are not as fine as one would see in other skimmers and the cup doesn't hold enough. I wouldn't recommend this skimmer on anything larger than a 100-124g tank, and even then one would probably have to do many modifications to keep it running optimally. Overall, there are too many decently priced, "better" skimmers out there to have to resort to using this one.


Performance vs. Expectations It simply doesn't perform as well as skimmers rated at this level should perform.


Value for money Very cheap, but you get what you pay for.


Customer Support They are actually great to deal with! Very helpful but this product simply didn't perform how I needed it to without modifying it intensely... something that gets old after awhile.


Liked about it 1) Cheap price


Didn't like 1) Weak skimmate, 2) Weak bubble production (unmodified, of course), 3) Screw-on collection cup, 4) Loud, 5) Very sensitive to water levels and required constant tweaking, 5) Cheap acrylic (thin), 6) Constantly modifying it to get more performance out of it...


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1.5
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2.0
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1.0

By flipside
Feb 11, 2010
 
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Yes I would recommend this skimmer

General Overall you cant beat this skimmer for the money! I had one for over two yrs and over all I was really happy with the skimmer. The only reason I gave it to my friend was because I bought a bigger tank and needed a bigger skimmer. The injector and baffle box needs to be cleaned regularly and it will overflow if you add certain foods or additives. If I ever go back to a smaller tank this would be one of the first skimmers I would look at.


Liked about it Skims wet or dry depending on what you want. Great price!!


Didn't like It needs adjusting daily. Very sensitive to additives and food.


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4.5
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4.0
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5.0

By partobe
Jul 06, 2009
 
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Excellent skimmer plus excellent price

General I got this skimmer for my 75g setup and it has been producing excellent skim since day 1. super easy to set up, and a great value. i got the 220 so that i won't have to change skimmers when the eventual upgrade occurs. i can't imagine another skimmer working "better". within 1 week my nitrates we finally down below measurable levels. i had been doing weekly water changes for months and never got this low on nitrates. love this skimmer!!


Liked about it Easy set-up, quiet operation, easy to get dialed in, completely effective, great price compared to similar size skimmers


Didn't like return tube too long(cut it shorter)


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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

By Salty O'Shen
Jun 19, 2009
 
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Coralife Super Skimmer 220

General The CSS 220 needle-wheel is a very good skimmer for the price. If you do a minor modification to upsize the drain hole and replace the pump with a more powerful needle-wheel pump, you'll end up with a very good product at a low cost.


Liked about it Excellent skimmer for the price.


Didn't like The skimmer pump is a little weak and the skimmer functions better if you get a stronger needle wheel pump for it. The skimmer body is a little thin, but it doesn't affect it's performance. The only other item that I would change is the size of the collection cup drain hole is too small and plugs up easily.


Overall rating:
 
3.5
Overall satisfaction:
 
4.0
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3.0

By pogodzib
May 02, 2009
 
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220 skimmer

Installation and Operation istallation pretty straight foward best if used in sump


Performance vs. Expectations for the money the skimmer dose very well it dose skim well but you have to mod it


Value for money very good for what you pay for it


Customer Support never delt with cust service never had a problem


Liked about it easy to install
easy to adjust


Didn't like when you feed tank it will go crazy over skimming have to turn it down or will over flow


Overall rating:
 
4.5
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4.0
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5.0

By reefwreck
May 24, 2010
 
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Love it

General for the amount of money its a great deal.


Liked about it Easy to use.


Didn't like Adjustment every day


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5.0
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5.0
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5.0

By Wolfenbuttel
Jul 08, 2009
 
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Coralife 220 Skimmer Review

General Can be a good skimmer with a few mods. I have all three sizes of CSS skimmers (65/125/220) and they all work relatively well but they all needed a few mods to get them to there full potential.


Liked about it Body can be in or out of sump while the pump has to be in the sump. Allows freeing up the sump space if its needed with room in the stand for it. Lends itself to a few mods fairly well.


Didn't like Hard to adjust with the built in gate valve.


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4.0
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4.0
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4.0

By OneDummHikk
Mar 31, 2009
 
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