Coralife SuperSKimmer... why not?

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Hello,
I wanted to take some time to talk about what has been my favorite skimmer on the market for over 15 years. I have tried skimmers double the price tag, and noticed worse reliability and overall ease of use and compatibility with every single one. I have heard people give Coralife skimmers a bad name and I would like to know WHY?
I have a 125 super skimmer that has been running for well over 15 years flawlessly, I also have the 220 and it is excellent. I am planning on using 2 of these skimmers on my new tank, and personally think its a much smarter option than paying 4x the price for an octopus, which does the exact same thing with less versatility.
Please tell me why this skimmer isn't a more popular choice? Its way cheaper than the "popular" ones, and does literally the exact same thing while allowing you to run it in or outside the sump.
 
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^^Agreed. I've run the 65 gallon one for the past 6 years and it's pretty dang reliable.

The only reason I can think of that would make it not as optimal is that you can't get your hands in the bubble chamber to clean it from time to time...
 

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Hello,
I wanted to take some time to talk about what has been my favorite skimmer on the market for over 15 years. I have tried skimmers double the price tag, and noticed worse reliability and overall ease of use and compatibility with every single one. I have heard people give Coralife skimmers a bad name and I would like to know WHY?
I have a 125 super skimmer that has been running for well over 15 years flawlessly, I also have the 220 and it is excellent. I am planning on using 2 of these skimmers on my new tank, and personally think its a much smarter option than paying 4x the price for an octopus, which does the exact same thing with less versatility.
Please tell me why this skimmer isn't a more popular choice? Its way cheaper than the "popular" ones, and does literally the exact same thing while allowing you to run it in or outside the sump.

I think to everyone has a preference, in my experience you pay for what you get. I've tried going the cheaper route with critical equipment in the past...I've always lived to regret it. So i buy the best in my budget....and if its still too much, then i save till it isn't.
 
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^^Agreed. I've run the 65 gallon one for the past 6 years and it's pretty dang reliable.

The only reason I can think of that would make it not as optimal is that you can't get your hands in the bubble chamber to clean it from time to time...
Yea, Ive got feather dusters growing in my old one, just a few, but they don't change its skimming ability. I just clean the "neck" every couple years, pretty easy.
 
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I think to everyone has a preference, in my experience you pay for what you get. I've tried going the cheaper route with critical equipment in the past...I've always lived to regret it. So i buy the best in my budget....and if its still too much, then i save till it isn't.
I like that, I think you are 100 percent correct about personal preference, and I also may be slightly biased toward this one because I have used it for so long. I wouldn't add this to the cheaper route however, corallife makes a pretty good product. I prefer it to my name brand skimmer on another tank.
 
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Personally I think all needlewheel skimmers these days work about the same..........average at best. I wont say they are junk......i wont say they are good either. Deltec is probably the only "good" needlewheel skimmer on the market now that Euroreef no longer exists. Problem with todays designs is small body size and air intake ability. Not to mention build quality compared to what was available years ago........but many mfgs have gone cheap......thats capitolism for ya. Needlewheels just dont draw in much air and the small bodies hamper contact time and volume. They can be made to work just fine......but i classify them as light bioload capable.
 

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Personally I think all needlewheel skimmers these days work about the same..........average at best. I wont say they are junk......i wont say they are good either. Deltec is probably the only "good" needlewheel skimmer on the market now that Euroreef no longer exists. Problem with todays designs is small body size and air intake ability. Not to mention build quality compared to what was available years ago........but many mfgs have gone cheap......thats capitolism for ya. Needlewheels just dont draw in much air and the small bodies hamper contact time and volume. They can be made to work just fine......but i classify them as light bioload capable.
Im sorry.... i disagree completely. I have had all type of skimmers over the past 15 or so years, from venturi's, ETS downdrafts, and the PM beckett skimmers...they were great; however they were loud, required huge power hungry pumps, and were pretty large. I think the Aqua Medic turboflotor line created needle wheel skimmers if I'm not mistaken. I find needle wheel skimmers to be the opposite of all mentioned above and personally I'm a huge fan of Nyos line of skimmers. They work almost too good.
 

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I agree on becketts needing over the top high pressire high current pumps....but put a beckett of similiar size in the same sump with ANY needlewheel and that needlewheel gets shut down instantly while the beckett pulls out loads of organics(i know ive done this test countless times).....same with Mazzei venturi skimmers......
my personal favorites.......while high pressure pumps make them work better......there are plenty of efficient low amperage high pressure pumps(mag drives and sicce to name a couple)out there where this is a non factor. I have an older pvc built 30" tall dual mazzei injector that shuts down any needlewheel skimmer put into the same water supply. What takes a needlewheel a day to remove organics......it removes in an hour. And thats because of the amount of air it draws in. You need air to make bubbles.......more air more bubbles and that means more surface area to extract waste and done exponentially quicker.
 

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