Protein Skimmer Selection

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Looking for opinions on choosing one of the following three skimmers. I will be skimming about 80 gallons with a future heavy bio load.

Red Sea RSK 300
Skimz SN-143QP
Reef Octopus Essence S-130

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I have not used any of these 3 personally. That being said, I have always been a fan of Reef octopus and have had good success with them. I have also had great success with the Bubble Magus Curve 5 Elite. This would be a good size for your tank and won't break the bank.
 
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I have not used any of these 3 personally. That being said, I have always been a fan of Reef octopus and have had good success with them. I have also had great success with the Bubble Magus Curve 5 Elite. This would be a good size for your tank and won't break the bank.
I like the look of the Bubble Magus (that kind of matters? lol), but it says 9.5-11" of water height in the sump. I am running the Trigger System Sapphire 26 and can only adjust to about 9"....I'm guess I shouldn't go for this one than correct?
 
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I like the look of the Bubble Magus (that kind of matters? lol), but it says 9.5-11" of water height in the sump. I am running the Trigger System Sapphire 26 and can only adjust to about 9"....I'm guess I shouldn't go for this one than correct?
I NEVER ran mine that deep. I have mine at about 8" and it works great! Just be sure to get the Elite model if you go that route. It uses a Sicce pump and is much better than the standard version.
 

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Reef octopus makes good skimmers. I havnt used the model u have there but have the elite 220 on my main reef.

Now i do however run the redsea on my frag tank
Its a good skimmer has great fratures. Not the quietest skimmer but does the job. Easy to maintain
 
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Reef octopus makes good skimmers. I havnt used the model u have there but have the elite 220 on my main reef.

Now i do however run the redsea on my frag tank
Its a good skimmer has great fratures. Not the quietest skimmer but does the job. Easy to maintain
Noise is a bit of a concern for me. I know DC is supposed to rule in that regard (also tunability?) but not many options for me within an 8x10 skimmer sump area. That’s why I listed the Skimz, it’s the dc option.
 

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Sump, very simple berlin method. The union you see is for my ATS thats offline right now.
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FTS Including sump
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Just tank. Sorry for all the blue, but my lights are just coming on for the day.
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My sump in my waterbox frag tank is pretty small. I have gen one. So that limited my choices. I heard the nyos and skimz were not all that quiete as people said so i just got the red sea. I have mine turn off at night while sleeping. Its the noisest part of my frag tank. Once you turn it off. Tank is practly silent.
 

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Actually just checked with a tape measure. I have mine is 8" of water. The fill line is for after draindown when I do a water change. My water level is not up to that mark, but rather lower where you can see the salt creep.
 
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Actually just checked with a tape measure. I have mine is 8" of water. The fill line is for after draindown when I do a water change. My water level is not up to that mark, but rather lower where you can see the salt creep.
Cool, 8” I can do just fine. How long has the skimmer been in operation? Looking to see if it has some longevity in quality.
 

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I've had it running 2 years, I think. Bought it new when they came out.

No worry about longevity as it has a sicce pump which we all know is a quality pump. Even if it dies, parts are easy accessible.
 
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