NEW VID & CONTEST: Reef Octopus eSsence S-130

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  1. Premiumaq

    Premiumaq Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Platinum Sponsor

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    Today we are taking a look at The Reef Octopus eSsence S-130 Protein Skimmer. We are also going to do an unboxing, setup and review of this protein skimmer. Comment and Subscribe for a chance to win!

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    Footprint: 8.3" x 6.9" | Body Diameter: 6" | Height: 20.5"
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    Seeing it work would have been cool.
     
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  3. Snuggs

    Snuggs Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Done
     
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  4. MamaLovesHerReefTank

    MamaLovesHerReefTank Well-Known Member

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    I love how simple it is to set it up. What was even more appealing was how easy it is to take apart for maintenance. My current skimmer is a pain for maintenance. I'll be looking into this skimmer in the new year when we upgrade to a 180 g.
     
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    dede Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    done.
     
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  6. jtarmitage

    jtarmitage Active Member Partner Member 2018

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    Very nice looking skimmer for the price point
     
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  7. premiumaquatics

    premiumaquatics Active Member R2R Supporter Platinum Sponsor Toys For Kids Sponsor

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    I agree. That's one thing i've never liked about sump saving skimmers that put the pump inside the skimmer body, that solves the issue having the entire body lift off. I hope they come out with several size options soon.
     
  8. RudyB

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    It looks very easy to clean afterwards. That diffuser cup looks different. I would like to see it in action.
     
  9. Twogunbilly

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    great easy tuning
     
  10. Nick617

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    Sweet looking skimmer!
     
  11. MaiReef

    MaiReef Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I like it. Looks good and very easy to use.
     
  12. Deiblerj

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    Has anyone used this skimmer yet? Looking into purchasing but not many reviews out there yet
     
  13. premiumaquatics

    premiumaquatics Active Member R2R Supporter Platinum Sponsor Toys For Kids Sponsor

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    I would love to hear some feedback as well. We expected this to be a super popular model, but it's been really slow moving. So we haven't had any feedback from customers yet on it.
     
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  14. James Mikell

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    I just installed mine and it is absolutely dead silent. Its still currently breaking in but hope it settles in soon. Its sitting in 8 inches of water. If anyone has any other advice please let me know.
     
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  15. Deiblerj

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    Keep us posted on how it works out!
     
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    I reviewed this skimmer a few months ago:

    Cons:
    -Took forever to break in. 2-3 weeks to get it to stop overflowing after a 24 hour vinegar soak and run in a vinegar RO solution for 4 hours. It was about another week before it was pulling thick black sludge.
    -It's top-heavy, but that is to be expected since it doesn't sit on a wide base.
    -Twisting the collection cup off is more difficult than I'd like it to be.

    Pros:
    -Skimmate production is great. No pictures but this skimmer doesn't under-perform here in the least.
    -Easy to clean.
    -Very quiet when cabinet door is open, and inaudible when closed
    -The adjustment knob makes calibration fool-proof
    -Quality materials and construction
    -Compact

    I'm very happy with the purchase. It packs a real punch for its footprint, it's easy to use and calibrate, and the unique features Reef Octopus employed aren't just flashy gimmicks. My only real complaint at this point is removing the collection cup can be a hassle that may require an extra set of hands.
     
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  17. reacclimating 2 the hobby

    reacclimating 2 the hobby Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2019

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    Thanks for the review!
     
  18. Deiblerj

    Deiblerj Active Member

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    Great review!

    Would you choose this model again over some of their other designs or other skimmers on the market?
     
  19. Bdrake

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    For the same build, or a similar build, this would be my first consideration.
     
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  20. James Mikell

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    What hight is your water at?
     
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