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kickside
01-21-2011, 06:30 PM
Hey everyone I'm thinking of purchasing this skimmer for my tank, but first I wanted to know what you guys think about it. It says its recommended for up to 90 gallons
I have a 38 gallon tank, is it to much skimmer for my tank??

any other recommendations
around the same price tag
$129.95

Reef Octopus BH 100SS
Hang on Back Protein Skimmer
PS-CV-OCT-HOB-100SS

ssgatbliss
01-21-2011, 06:52 PM
I don't think it's too big especially if you plan on getting a bigger tank later or have a heavy bio load. I'm running a SWC BH 500 on my 29 gallon long. It says it's for up to 125 gallons. I choose that over the SWC 100 which I assume is pretty much the same as the Octopus 100SS, they look to be copy cats. I Like that fact the SWC's don't have the ugly pump hanging in the tank. My SWC pulls more out in a day then both the AquaC Remora and the Coralife 100 did in 4 days. And I don't have ugly pumps hanging in the tank.

Hang On Skimmers (http://www.swcskimmers.com/Hang-On-Skimmers.htm)

kickside
01-21-2011, 07:22 PM
I was just looking at swc skimmers they look good I also like that they don't have the pump hanging in the tank
but they are a bit more pricey

ssgatbliss
01-21-2011, 07:42 PM
They do hit you in the wallet a bit more, but I'm on skimmer #4 because I went cheap the first few times around. (not saying you are going cheap) Granted some people might think the SWC or even Octo's are junk compared to some of the insanely priced skimmers out there but I just refuse to pay that much money for a pump, PVC, and acrylic that basically does the same thing. $500 dollars more for a 10% increase in output just isn't worth it to me.

I think some of the other Octo's have the pump below the skimmer too so it's not in the tank.

mcoomer
01-21-2011, 07:45 PM
I think that Reef Octo has their OTP turbine pump in it. If so, good. If it has the Resun pumps in it you have to be careful. Those pumps are notorious for failing.

Mike

kickside
01-21-2011, 08:31 PM
Alright I'll keep an eye out for those pumps

any other brands I should look into besides the octopus and the swc

NC2WA
01-21-2011, 09:26 PM
kickside, I have a octopus HOB for my 40g breeder in my office..does an great job and please with..ive had no issue with the pump so far..had skimmer for 2 yrs

Skimmy
01-21-2011, 11:37 PM
Hey everyone I'm thinking of purchasing this skimmer for my tank, but first I wanted to know what you guys think about it. It says its recommended for up to 90 gallons
I have a 38 gallon tank, is it to much skimmer for my tank??

any other recommendations
around the same price tag
$129.95

Reef Octopus BH 100SS
Hang on Back Protein Skimmer
PS-CV-OCT-HOB-100SS

dont get the 100ss, for no other reason than it's an eyesore, and that completely shyte resun pump that WILL fail....
get the bh1000, bh2000, SWC bh500, or bh100f as long as its the new version w/ the OTP and not resun pump.
also check out the eshopps hob skimmer:
http://premiumaquatics.com/aquatic-supplies/ES-PSK-100H.html

kickside
01-22-2011, 07:46 PM
Umm I like the price tag on this one
$111.99
ES-PSK-75H Premium Aquatics - ES-PSK-75H (http://premiumaquatics.com/aquatic-supplies/ES-PSK-75H.html)

but I like the way this one looks
$159.99
Reef Octopus BH 1000 Hang on Back Protein Skimmer by CoralVue - AquaCave (http://www.aquacave.com/reef-octopus-bh-1000-hang-br-on-back-protein-skimmer-br-by-coralvue-2347.html)

skimmy which one is better??

Skimmy
01-22-2011, 09:23 PM
this one is better... :)
brand new skimmer from SWC...
SWC Mini HOT Protein Skimmer SWC BH 100F [Mini HOT] - $169.99 : SWC - Salt Water Connection, Protein Skimmers, Calcium Reactors, Filters & Lights (http://www.saltwaterconnection.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=6&zenid=8f5a92484e108a4fe9fec67d8086d7b6)
only $10 more than the octo, and much better skimmer!!

kickside
01-23-2011, 10:26 PM
Umm that does look like an awesome skimmer
but I need to save a little more money, if I want to get that one.
thanks for the info

kickside
01-25-2011, 12:09 AM
this one is better... :)
brand new skimmer from SWC...
SWC Mini HOT Protein Skimmer SWC BH 100F [Mini HOT] - $169.99 : SWC - Salt Water Connection, Protein Skimmers, Calcium Reactors, Filters & Lights (http://www.saltwaterconnection.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=6&zenid=8f5a92484e108a4fe9fec67d8086d7b6)
only $10 more than the octo, and much better skimmer!!


Is salt water connection the only place I can order this skimmer from?
there shipping rate is about 30 dollars