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ensquire
04-22-2012, 05:48 AM
Seeing that I'm bored at work, and I know how everyone here loves polls & voicing their personal opinions. Let's do another one for my benefit.
As per the last one, I am soliciting opinions for my new tank system.
It is a 90 gallon internal overflow tank with a durso draining to a 30 gallon sump.The return pump will push approx. 700GPH
This will be a mid to high bioload tank, starting with LPS and fishes, but the goal will be a mixed reef system.
I presently have a brand new SWC 160 extreme Cone, so it will be part of the poll.
I would like to keep this around the 400.00 level so BK's and other high end skimmers are out of my budget.
Choices are:

1) Skimz SM161
http://www.conceptaquatics.ca/index.php/sm121-2.html

2) Tunze DOC Protein Skimmer - 9011
http://www.jlaquatics.com/product/tz-ps9010/Tunze+DOC+Protein+Skimmer+-+9011.html

3) Tunze DOC Protein Skimmer - 9410
http://www.jlaquatics.com/product/tz-ps9410/Tunze+DOC+Protein+Skimmer+-+9410.html

4) SWC Xtreme 200 protein Skimmer
http://www.saltwaterconnection.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=3&zenid=02c0d755d028045abad9fca0f9ef5901

5) SWC Xtreme 180 Cone Protein Skimmer
http://www.saltwaterconnection.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=149

6) SWC Xtreme 160 Cone Protein Skimmer
http://www.saltwaterconnection.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=116

7) Bubble Magus NAC7 Protein Skimmer
http://www.goreef.com/Bubble-Magus-NAC7-Protein-Skimmer.html

8) Bubble Magus New Hero 180-S Protein Skimmer
http://www.goreef.com/Bubble-Magus-New-Hero-180-S-Protein-Skimmer.html

9) Coralife Super Skimmer - Needle Wheel :lol:
http://www.goreef.com/Coralife-Super-Skimmer-Needle-Wheel-220-Gallons.html

10) Other

Lots of choices here.
Feel free to express your opinions >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

rastaangel
04-22-2012, 06:05 AM
Its not on your list but I have a reef octopus XP-2000 cone and its amazing!!!

RuGlu6
04-22-2012, 06:44 AM
Hero with Eheim $600+shipping
If it will fit in to your sump.
http://www.reefshops.com/product-676.html
BTW Nac 7 is only $170 here (220V)
http://www.reefshops.com/bubble-magus-nac7-nac-7-cone-protein-skimmer.html
More cone skimmers here
http://www.reefshops.com/skimmers/cone-skimmers/
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SWC looks like a knock off of Bubble Magus.

daplatapus
04-22-2012, 05:31 PM
Its not on your list but I have a reef octopus XP-2000 cone and its amazing!!!

+1000
I have the SRO 2000 Int as well and it's awesome! I'm running a 80 Gal DT and a 80 gal sump and it works amazing!

sunoka
04-22-2012, 07:25 PM
Its not on your list but I have a reef octopus XP-2000 cone and its amazing!!!

I also run a Reef Octopus EX-250 great skimmer!

RuGlu6
04-22-2012, 08:44 PM
+1000
I have the SRO 2000 Int as well and it's awesome! I'm running a 80 Gal DT and a 80 gal sump and it works amazing!

I also run a Reef Octopus EX-250 great skimmer!

Any skimmer with Bubble Blaster pump will be excellent.
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http://www.goreef.com/Bubble-Blaster-Pumps
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http://coralvue.com/bubbleblaster/
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http://www.aquacave.com/Bubble-Bluster-Pin-Wheel-Water-Pumps-C807.aspx
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDQvWrEPncs&feature=youtube_gdata
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8_HpHg6nCw
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RDNanoGuy
04-24-2012, 08:21 AM
I use a SWC 180 cone on my 165gal mixed reef. Good no nonsense skimmer. No muss no fuss. Makes a cupful of nasty green/brown sludge every 2-3 days. Very easy to clean as well.

mseepman
04-24-2012, 04:03 PM
I would say one of the smaller Reef Octo Cone skimmers would be the best fit. Bubble Blaster pumps are really good for the price.

jay2x
04-24-2012, 06:56 PM
Marineland MSPS300? I got this one I just don't know if it was good buy or not.

Madmak
04-24-2012, 11:59 PM
Marineland MSPS300? I got this one I just don't know if it was good buy or not.

I have one of these on my still cycling 200G. Hasn't done anything yet but I too am hoping it is a decent skimmer.

Anyone have experience?

gregzz4
04-25-2012, 12:10 AM
BTW Nac 7 is only $170 here (220V)

You can get it from Reef Supplies (http://www.reefsupplies.ca/canada/bubble-magus-nac7-cone-skimmer/) in the 110v version for more money, and it's cheaper than the one ensquire posted

chris121277
04-25-2012, 12:37 AM
I'm running a SWC Mini S on my 90 mixed with a 40 sump and am very pleased with it.

http://www.saltwaterconnection.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=77

But I'll warn ya.....there's nothing mini about this skimmer....it's HUGE!! LOL


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ensquire
04-25-2012, 07:13 PM
Well, Dammit, even more options out there than even I thought . Lol

Cliff
04-25-2012, 09:39 PM
I have a vertex IN180 on my 90 gallon with a 5 gallon sump and I really like it. Seams to work great for me. Very affordable skimmer as well.

Reef Supplies
04-27-2012, 02:41 AM
Looking at your list...

Bubble Magus NAC7 Protein Skimmer - Unbeatable for the price

Skimz SM161 - Great skimmer and super sexy to!

gregzz4
04-27-2012, 02:45 AM
I have a vertex IN180 on my 90 gallon with a 5 gallon sump and I really like it. Seams to work great for me. Very affordable skimmer as well.
In a '5' gallon sump ? Typo ?

Looking at your list...

Bubble Magus NAC7 Protein Skimmer - Unbeatable for the price

Skimz SM161 - Great skimmer and super sexy to!
+1
For the money, those would be my choices
Although the BM Hero 220 looks like a good choice too

ensquire
05-04-2012, 03:57 PM
After consulting with a few and the opinions here, I am going to start out with my current skimmer. SWC160 cone.