Anyone out there still using a "skilter"?

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  1. Wickedfun

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    If so, what model, tank size and in conjunction with?

    What was / is your experience?

    Any tips or tricks to pass along?
     
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    Like a CPR brand
     
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    Wow... I haven’t heard that name in a long time. I essentially found the skimmer part to be close to useless. And that was years back when even “good” skimmers weren’t that good.

    It should make for an ok HOB filter with some bonus aeration. I would not count on it to skim much,,
     
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    I haven't heard someone even say the name " skilter " in probably 2 decades.
    IMO pretty much worthless.
    @Wickedfun if you are considering one, best pass on it.
     
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    First , welcome new member. I too am new here.

    As mentioned they were not very effective. I would almost like to have one now for nostalgia. There were some mods on it a few years back involving air stones. I never got mine to work but decent filter portion for what it was.
     
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    I was given one that is new in box. Budget minded reefer that I am becoming, I am going to try it, just wondering about practical experiences others have had with it. The instructions mention the airstone hack...so I will definitely be trying that.

    If it turns out to be useless as a skimmer, I do have another option in reserve.
     
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    It will make a good HOB filter or refugium, so all good if you did not pay $100 for it.
     
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    A skilter is a waste of electricity.
     
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    I used a Skilter 250 supreme on my first saltwater tank back in like 1991 LOL
    even back then it wasnt very good. I dont recall it ever skimmed and the motor in it would always need slapped after turning on and off to get it running again. but hey I was 12 when I had that tank
     
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    A "skilter"? Never heard of it. I'm guessing a filter with a skimmer built in?

    Would love to see pictures of the device and the box it came in.
     
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    I bought a combo hob skimmer/filter when i first started.
    Impossible to tune the skimmer part, the filter pads were proprietary so had to use theirs.
    After about 2 months i brooke it with a hammer, lit it on fire, collected the ashes and assembled a model rocket to get them as far away from me as possible. Ok i just threw it away lol
     
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    I can’t believe they are still made. $89. I am buying one
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    I don't have to post a picture now...LOL...thank you Mastiffsrule. The one I "was gifted" is the larger model, the "450" . I will let you all know how it goes. I am surprised that NO ONE is still using one...I assumed if you could still buy them or get parts for them that they might have some practical use. Who knew?
     
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    Lol

    Skilter.

    That's soooooooooooooooooo old school! Just run a skimmer or a HOB skimmer.
     
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    I'm surprised people would still use it! :)
     
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    Seems like a good idea to me. it would have to be modular otherwise, when the skimmer fails, you will be without the filter until the skimmer is repaired.
     
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    You can still pick up one by Rio off Amazon. I picked up a NON-Drilled 55 gallon a year ago and used one for about 6 months. It was useless. The skimmer stopped working all the time. I ended up picking up some of Lee's wood air stones and an air pump. Fed the stone down in the bottom of the filter and it ended up working pretty decent then. I did end up tossing it after about a month or so and just did frequent water changes.

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    https://www.amazon.com/Rio-Nano-Pro...+SKIMMER&qid=1550606407&s=pet-supplies&sr=1-1
     
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    I'd use it!
     
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    It wasn't bad if it wasn't for the airflow to stop in the pump. I purchased (2) of them and both quit skimming after (2) months. Worked pretty well after the air stone additions. If you want one I will give you a good deal! :)
     
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