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mytank90
11-15-2012, 04:33 PM
hello i have a freind who want sell me a 3 yr old bubble king 250 for 800.00 and wondering about skimmer .how deep in sump sould it be and are there any prblems with them i sould know .right now have 180 gallon fish only tank with a vertex 280 skimmer i like .i also looked at getting kesil 350w led instead of my halides.my prblem with led is i am colour blind and cant realy see any difference so find tuning them would realy suck .i use 2 250 halides over my tank

sphelps
11-15-2012, 04:48 PM
If its the Bubble King Super Marine 250 then it's a good solid skimmer and worth every penny. $800 isn't bad either as retail is almost twice that. If it's been working without issue for 3 years it's likely to continue doing so as any defects would have surfaced by now. Pretty need it needs 8-10 inches of water level, the foot print can be setup in two options which should available on J&L website.

LEDs have the potential to save a little money and heat in the long run but ultimately your livestock will benefit more from the skimmer.

subman
11-15-2012, 05:30 PM
I would also pick the skimmer. I use that same skimmer and it is a beast, the light you have will allow you to grow anything for now so go with the skimmer

Madreefer
11-15-2012, 06:03 PM
Go for the skimmer!!

Bblinks
11-15-2012, 06:14 PM
Skimmer for me is a vital part of a healthy reef. I am currently running the same skimmer on a 400 gallon total system and it does wonders. My vote is SKIMMER. You will not find a better deal.

BlueTang<3
11-16-2012, 03:38 AM
I don't see the Both option, can't beat a bubble king had one for last 4 years and it's awsome

apexifd
11-16-2012, 04:34 AM
Go with the skimmer. IMO clean water is more important than energy efficient lighting.

apexifd
11-16-2012, 04:35 AM
Skimmer for me is a vital part of a healthy reef. I am currently running the same skimmer on a 400 gallon total system and it does wonders. My vote is SKIMMER. You will not find a better deal.

I think you need a bigger BBK. give you $600 for the BBK 250

subman
11-16-2012, 04:38 AM
Bblinks has a bbk lol you need one apexifd.... I don't see me using Any other skimmer, and once you go bbk you never go back!


. **I see the edited post now lol you do need one lol

apexifd
11-16-2012, 05:13 AM
Bblinks has a bbk lol you need one apexifd.... I don't see me using Any other skimmer, and once you go bbk you never go back!


. **I see the edited post now lol you do need one lol

He has a Bbk250, which I think it's too small for his current system. And since bought his old 210 for a good price, he might as well sell me his BBK250 at a good price which he used in the 210gal.

I personally think, he needs BBK super deluxe 400

Taipan
11-16-2012, 08:16 AM
I have to agree with other posts. Once you go Bubble King....you can't go back. I've always used Deltecs; but after switching to a Bubble King Mini 180 for a year and with an upgrade in the process - my Bubble King Mini 200 just arrived. The skimmate is like tar once broken in.