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Very unfortunate. Thankfully all of this appears to be hidden from view?I wanted to show some of the QC issues on the stand. These have all been address by Algaebarn support and I’m happy. But just to show what to look out for:
Scuffs, scratches and nics:
This is probably the worst nic:
A lot of this is definitely from the doors coming off in shipment.
But also this bad assembly job…look at that screw ripping through both the aluminum frame and the pvc wall:
Skimmer for build...
Picked up an Ultra Reef UKD-200 Typhoon Protein Skimmer. I got a great deal from the team at @premiumaquatics
It fits like a glove in the Cade 1500 S2/p sump. I would need to simply remove the slide-out baffle that's already setup to be taken out. And it fits great with the Sicce DC pump.
I went with this skimmer for several reasons:
- I've been running a NYOS 160 on my 70 gallon for over 6-7 years. I have a love hate relationship with it because it's design and proprietary pump
- I hate the NYOS cup removal mechanics. It's a pain and I never got used it or liked it even after 7 years
- I hate the NYOS proprietary Viper pump. I can order every part for backup from Ecotech except the pump -- It's never in stock -- even before the pandemic.
- The Typhoon has a longer reaction chamber because the pump is external to the chamber -- I drip Phosphat-E into my NYOS and it really clogs up the impeller every ~4 months. I can't wait to only have to pop off the pump and not remove the skimmer.
- The Typhoon can be fully dismantled...I saw that every component comes apart and can be cleaned.
- The Typhoon is heavy -- like a macbook pro heavy. I did a test fit to see if my assumption for size was correct (luckily it was) and it doesn't move when you pull the cup off or put it on.
- The DC Sicce PSK SDC 2600 is controllable, wifi access, and its got a temp sensor -- best of all is that it's a pump that I can swap out quickly since these pumps are readily available --theoretically i can put any similar sized pump on it.
- Based on materials and build quality I'm again hoping to run this thing for 10 years+