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when i first set up my tank in march i went the cheap route and bought a $100 skimmer. needless to say it's crap. it's noisy, can't get it to work well. it's either really wet and fills up my gallon reservoir in 10 minutes or all of the skimmate gets stuck at the top of the body and the neck. there seems to be no in between.

I have a 72 gallon tank with a 20 gallon sump. as of now i have 55lb live rock, 80lb sand, 4 fish, 1 Coral banded shrimp, and an estimated 30 snails and hermit crabs and 9 LPS and SPS corals.

im debating on either a

Reef Octopus 6 rated at 150 gallons.
http://www.marinedepot.com/Reef_Oct...ariums_Reefs-Reef_Octopus-CV5111-FIPS-vi.html

or a

Reef Octopus 4 Recirculating skimmer rated at 125 gallons.
http://www.marinedepot.com/Reef_Oct...ariums_Reefs-Reef_Octopus-CV5131-FIPS-vi.html

they are both around the same size and price, give or take a few dollars. how more efficient are Recirculating skimmers?
 

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Go with the 6 inch body, the 6" size of they body can handle more than 4" even when recirculated. The NWB 150 (6") is perhaps the best values available for a decent skimmer. However, shop around, I have heard of the NWB running as low as $150 recently (I think that was a special sale, but better prices might be available).
 

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thanks for the reply. i did look around and the cheapest i found was 180 for an older model without the gate valve and they charge for shipping as well.
 
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