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Old 02-02-2007, 05:46 PM   #1
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Ets Skimmer Anyone Ever Use One??


LOOKING FOR SOME INFO ON A Environmental Tower Skimmer

HAS ANYONE EVER USED ONE?

ARE THEY ANY GOOD?

IWAKI 70RLT GOOD OR BAD??

I AM LOOKING AT A 5 OR 6 FOOT ONE MY BUDDYS GOT FOR SALE BUT I WANT TO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT THEM BEFORE I DISH OUT THE CASH

O AND YA HOW MUCH SHOULD I PAY FOR ONE IN GOOD SHAPE?
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Old 02-02-2007, 07:47 PM   #2
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What size aquarium would it go on?
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:12 PM   #3
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250 reef w/lot o fish
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Old 02-03-2007, 10:21 AM   #4
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if you are talking about these http://www.superskimmer.com/ I had one.

I found it to be really loud, the pump added too much heat and the skimmate it produced was horrid smelling but crystal clear .
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Old 02-04-2007, 11:59 AM   #5
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I have several running. They skim like crazy if you have the right pump, must be pressure rated unless you're talking a reef devil. I don't know how you are going to plumb it.... On a larger sys, I run the ETSS 900 with a Blue Line 55. If you were going to go with the 1000, which is the 6' downdraft column, you may be good with the 70. If you have any questions, just call Gary at AE Tech, he knows his stuff and is the patent holder/owner.... Great skimmer, can't say anything bad about them other than due to the air they suck in, they can be on the loud side of things.

FWIW, I also am breaking in a dual beckett on the same system with the same pump. I've got both becketts wide open, and while close, the ETSS is pulling in more air. Let me know if this answered your questions or PM me for more info.
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Old 02-04-2007, 12:07 PM   #6
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I had the Evolution 500 i think . maybe the other models are not as loud but you could close the door to the office and still hear it going in the bedroom at night.

this is just my experience with the used one I had , maybe other people have had better experiences.
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Old 02-05-2007, 01:46 PM   #7
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Honestly I had an ETSS skimmer and I would not touch another. For one I am not partial to the constant adjustments that a beckett skimmer requires as well as the constant cleaning. The are loud and fairly inefficient as well as inconsistent (as any other beckett.) What size tank are you looking to put it on? You are more than likely going to be better off with some type of recirc skimmer unless you are doing a VERY large tank.
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Old 02-05-2007, 02:09 PM   #8
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ETSS are not becketts, they're downdrafts style so I'm not sure what you're trying to say. ETSS are very efficient, I'm getting 50-60 SCFM through mine. I've never had to tinker with it. I also run Becketts and do not have to tinker with them, and am getting about 25 SCFM through each Beckett. As far as inconsistent, I've found the opposite. The ETSS loses it's foam when feeding an oily food. My Becketts do as well, so would any skimmer, oil disrupts the surface tension. I do find that becketts, relative to downdrafts, start foaming again a little faster.
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Old 02-05-2007, 02:20 PM   #9
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The one I had was a downdraft with a beckett injector... I guess I do not what their hole product line consists of by downdraft by itself is pretty lousy in my opinion. I took out the beckett injector on mine and it just blew... I will not debate beckett vs. recirc if you have owned both I am sure you will never own a beckett again.
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Old 02-05-2007, 02:34 PM   #10
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You didn't have an ETSS then, they do not put becketts on their skimmers. I know there's a thread about putting a beckett on a downdraft skimmer on RC. If you took out the beckett, did you have the bio balls in the tower? If not, then you weren't doing anything. I will only use downdrafts or becketts, if it's a needlewheel then I'd go BK.
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Old 02-05-2007, 02:36 PM   #11
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How much your gonna pay for it is probably the biggest pro or con. If cheap enough you could easily justify the large pump and electiricity to drive it. However, if it isn't much more to get a needle-wheel style skimmer that is appropriately sized well, I'd likely choose that option.
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You didn't have an ETSS then, they do not put becketts on their skimmers. I know there's a thread about putting a beckett on a downdraft skimmer on RC. If you took out the beckett, did you have the bio balls in the tower? If not, then you weren't doing anything. I will only use downdrafts or becketts, if it's a needlewheel then I'd go BK.
It was an ETSS... almost any downdraft can be and should modded with a beckett injector. I tried with and without the bioballs. I tried a various number of balls. It ran best with about half of the normal amount of bio-balls when the beckett injector in. Without the beckett it pretty much just blew in comparison, no matter how many bio-balls I used.
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Old 02-05-2007, 03:02 PM   #13
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What pump did you use? Which ETSS? I've been using them since they came out, they put out more foam than anything I've seen/used.
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Old 02-05-2007, 05:20 PM   #14
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How much your gonna pay for it is probably the biggest pro or con. If cheap enough you could easily justify the large pump and electiricity to drive it. However, if it isn't much more to get a needle-wheel style skimmer that is appropriately sized well, I'd likely choose that option.

ya i guess we would need to know what model he was looking at and how much it was. i missed the fact that it is a 5 or 6 foot model . that probably performs drastically different than the one i had and being that big it is obviously going in it's own room so the noise is a bit less of a concern.

if it was cheap enough I guess I'd toy with the idea but it would be hard to sway me away from the needle wheel skimmers .
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:10 PM   #15
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I have and older 1000 about 5' tall and it rocks. I am using a sequence marlin to drive it, and am very happy with the performance. It did seem to take me about a month to get it tuned in, but now I like it just as much as my euro reef!!!!
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