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Old 08-03-2012, 01:00 PM   #1
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Best Protein skimmer for $200 and under?

My hob skimmer wont fit under my tank on the sump. I need to get a new protein skimmer asap. I would really like to stay in the area of $150-$200. I can't get anything used. and it needs to fit into my sump. It is a Eshopps R-100 I think.
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:13 PM   #2
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Whats the tank size and dimensions for the skimmer area in your sump?
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:25 PM   #3
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Right around 12x12 inches.
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:45 PM   #4
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I am looking at these two skimmers. Which one would be best for the money?

PSK-100

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=20033

Reef Octopus 4

http://www.marinedepot.com/Protein_S...CV5111-vi.html
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Old 08-03-2012, 03:28 PM   #5
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What size tank? I haven't used either of those, but based on reputation, I would say the RO.
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:08 PM   #6
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i cant find what gph the pump is on the eshopps psk-100 but the reef octopus 4's pump is 250 gph.
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:36 PM   #7
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What size tank? I haven't used either of those, but based on reputation, I would say the RO.
29 gallon
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Old 08-03-2012, 05:43 PM   #8
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If I got the Eshopps skimmer I could get also get a media/phosphate reactor.
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Old 08-03-2012, 06:07 PM   #9
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I got a Reef Octopus Dual 6 Recirculating from ebay for a little over $200. It is the best skimmer i ever used.
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:27 AM   #10
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Check out this skimmer

bubble magus nac3.5
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:14 AM   #11
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The Octopus NWB-150 is the best skimmer under $200.

Because this is a 29g, I would lean toward the NWB-110 as you will likely not have enough bioload to keep the 3 inch neck with a stable head.

The Eshopps are not bad skimmers but the pump is not quite the same quality. I lump the Bubble Magus in there as having a slightly weaker pump. The Atmans just are not as good as the Hailea pumps.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:19 AM   #12
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The Octopus NWB-150 is the best skimmer under $200.

Because this is a 29g, I would lean toward the NWB-110 as you will likely not have enough bioload to keep the 3 inch neck with a stable head.

The Eshopps are not bad skimmers but the pump is not quite the same quality. I lump the Bubble Magus in there as having a slightly weaker pump. The Atmans just are not as good as the Hailea pumps.
Would it probably help the skimmer keep a better head if there where a couple more fish in the tank? All I have now is 2 false percs and a yellow watchman goby. I was wanting to get a coral beauty because I had one but he died mysteriously 4-5 months ago.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:22 AM   #13
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Sc-65, per Doc's post they are a little weaker with the Atman but the price is right. Since you don't have a lot of bioload I think it would work fine.
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Sc-65, per Doc's post they are a little weaker with the Atman but the price is right. Since you don't have a lot of bioload I think it would work fine.
SC 65? I cannot find that one.

I think I will probably go with the RO NWB 110. But I would go with the Eshopps if it would save me some money.
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Old 08-06-2012, 09:37 AM   #15
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I guess they changed the name, its now a SC-301

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Factory-dire...item589424617f
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