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Old 04-10-2012, 12:10 PM   #1
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Best skimmer for the money?


Hello, I know this is an old debate, but I am looking for feedback from experienced folks on what is the best skimmer for the money. I have a 75g FOWLR that I have just added an anenome. I do plan on within the next two years going up in tank size and will turn this 75g into a coral tank. I have been looking at the Tunze 9006 and Super Reef Octopus SSS 1000, but do not want to limit myself. I have a Euroreef RS 80 now that I love the design, but I purchased it used and it has been pieced together several times. I keep having issues with the pump coming out of the base.etc.etc.etc.

I have a sump under my tank and space is a little tight!

Thank you in advance for reading/advice, Blessings, Mike



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Old 04-10-2012, 01:16 PM   #2
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This thread is one of the best sources of skimmer info on this site. FutureDoc has done a wonderful job comparing and reviewing many different skimmers
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:16 PM   #3
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Have you seen the recent events in my skimmer thread?

The best skimmer for the money is the Octopus NWB 150. I am amazed what $199 can get you. While it does not quite have the same charm as the ER, it is a very solid skimmer so far. That being said, if you want to spend a little more money, you can get a better skimmer. The SRO 1000 level will be better, the Tunze is (likely) better.

Now your footprint is the issue, but I would go with the SRO mostly because it will pull a lot more air than the Tunze
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:45 PM   #4
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Thank you both! I just found this section today. I will definitely look over it. You have put a tremendous amount of work/research into this. I look forward to reading over it!!!!!!!! Blessings, Mike
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Thank you both! I just found this section today. I will definitely look over it. You have put a tremendous amount of work/research into this. I look forward to reading over it!!!!!!!! Blessings, Mike

Indeed! Doc has saved many of us countless hours of research.
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Indeed! Doc has saved many of us countless hours of research.
Hahaha, I am sorry. (Research is fun)
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:31 PM   #7
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:21 PM   #8
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After reading up on doc's thread and doing a little more research of my own, I decided to order the Super Reef Octopus SSS 1000. I should have it here within a week and will give everyone a personal review. Then again, the only thing I have owned is the Euroreef RS 80...which I really liked!

Thank you again, Mike
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Well, it will be tough to ever beat that Euro-Reef. That is my favorite skimmer. You will be impressed with the SRO and it will perform better, it will just lack the ER charm.
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Doc got me on the SRO 1000INT and I must say I am more then pleased, its a great skimmer!

I've had it over a year now with zero issues!
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:15 PM   #12
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Well, I unpacked the SRO SSS 1000 and was up and running in less than fifteen minutes. I have to admit, I am already impressed on how quiet it is compared to my Euro Reef RS80. This is only the second skimmer I have owned, so I do not have much to compare to. I am already collecting skimmate from it after just three hours of use. I have read it produced a thick skimmate and cannot wait to see how it does after a few days. Thanks for the tips guys!

For those that have purchased this same one, do you have any tips on how far to turn the red valve? I adjusted it to have the bubbles about half way up, but I am sure I will have to dial it end after a few days!

I am also curious on tips to keep the collection cup visible? There must be steam and the collection cup is fogging up. Is there a tip I can use similar to divers and keeping their goggles free of fogging?

Blessings, Mike
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I have run into condensation in the collection cup issue. Annoying. As for the height, it is more dependent the user to tune it... I say get it so that when you have sludge building up on the neck, it is about an inch (or slightly less) below the rim of the neck.
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