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Reef Bug
05-01-2009, 04:49 PM
I would like to know what would be the best skimmer for the buck. I currently have a sea clone. I have a 90 gal reef. I dont think the sea clone is doing that great of a job. I am also on a very tight budget. Thanks.

Gomojoe
05-01-2009, 05:21 PM
I just bought an H&S 150 internal. So far it's doing awesome. Super dry bubbles right away and very dark skimmate. I had a Aqua C Remora on a 65 and it just didn't do much. I didn't even realize, until I got the H&S, how bad skimate smells!

Anyway, from the research I did H&S skimmers rank up there with Deltec and Bubbleking but are a fraction of the cost.

Pastor Tad
05-01-2009, 05:38 PM
I am very partial to ASM and you can usually find a used one fairly cheap.

Reef Bug
05-01-2009, 06:17 PM
About how much do those run? The H&S ? And where you find them?

mrliriel
05-01-2009, 06:22 PM
For a 90 I would do an ASM G-1 or ASM G-2 if you have the sump space.

Gomojoe
05-01-2009, 06:23 PM
I got mine for $560.00 from www.thereefpro.com, with free shipping. You can also get them from either Aquarium Specialty (a sponsor), or fins reef. I just got mine from the reef pro because they had it in stock.

It's expensive, but not as much as the Deltecs and Bubblekings, and yet alot of people give it similar reviews. So I decided that I only wanted to cry over the initial purchase and not cry every time a cheaper one wasn't doing what I wanted!

-David

rlee81indy
05-01-2009, 06:33 PM
Ive got the life reef SVS3-24 in-sump from jiggyfly. I love this thing! Plus they are here in colorado.

Murfman
05-01-2009, 06:40 PM
Of the 3 skimmers I have owned, Lifereef, Aqua C EV 180 and Octopus 200, I like the way the Lifereef worked best!

Reef Bug
05-01-2009, 06:41 PM
Oh wow there is a mfg here in CO? I would love to sump mount mine. I just installed a canopy on top of my tank and moved my Sea Clone in my sump.

Gomojoe
05-01-2009, 07:03 PM
Yeah that life reef looks like they have some good stuff. Im interested in maybe getting one of their calcium reactors.

Reef Bug
05-01-2009, 07:07 PM
I know a guy selling a life reef calcium reactor. If your intrested.

notchback5.0
05-01-2009, 07:07 PM
based on what you said, and the fact that you are on a tight budget, i would say an asm g-1, or g-1x. You can find a g-1 online for pretty cheap. Less than 250 I am pretty sure. I have an asm mini G. It doesnt work bad. I finally got it adjusted to where the skimmate is kinda dark. I wouldnt recommend a mini G for a 90 though.

Gomojoe
05-01-2009, 07:12 PM
I know a guy selling a life reef calcium reactor. If your intrested.

How much?

Reef Bug
05-01-2009, 07:34 PM
Well I found an aqua cev-120. Would that be big enough for my 90? On the calcium reactor I think he is asking $300. It comes with new material and a new regulator. Just need a co2 bottle. Dont hold me to the price but I will check.

Murfman
05-01-2009, 07:44 PM
Well I found an aqua cev-120. Would that be big enough for my 90? On the calcium reactor I think he is asking $300. It comes with new material and a new regulator. Just need a co2 bottle. Dont hold me to the price but I will check.

I wouldn't waste my $ on the EV, I had one for a year and could never get it to work right. Old technology. For the $ an Octopus is cheap but efficient.

notchback5.0
05-01-2009, 08:14 PM
aqua c = junk and really old technology

lmarc78
05-01-2009, 09:42 PM
for $300 or less go with a Octopus 150 it would be great on a 90gln.

Reef Bug
05-05-2009, 06:30 PM
I have been looking at the octopus skimmers. I noticed they are pretty similar to the super skimmer from coral death. Would a super work? Any one run these? Or know if they are trouble sum? At this point anything has got to be better than my Sea Clone.

mrliriel
05-05-2009, 07:04 PM
Octos are good. If I had the space under my tank I would have gotten this one...
http://www.aquacave.com/reef-octopus-dnw-110-br-recirculatingbr-protein-skimmer-983.html