What is a protien skimmer, and what types are commonly used?

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Previously an SRO2000 which was a beast, however I've switched the Bubble Magnus curve 5 due to the much smaller footprint
 

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I need a skimer for my mix reef tank 130 l, what is your suggestions c3 or c5, i will go with Max 5 fish, for start 3( 2 clowns and salarius)?
 

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few things to check on skimmer are not only break in time, noise but also maintenance need over time .. for example the HOB1 skimmer is a huge winner among cube tanks. It runs great, start is easy, break in time near zero. HOWEVER check the reviews .. note that nearly none of them are after 3-6 months of ownership .. the HOB1 has a nasty habit of clogging where the airline goes into the pump elbow. Takes 6 months but clogs up over time then nearly no air.
 

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I know this is an older thread but I have a question on skimming.

Does it matter or is it important to have a "continuous foam head" or is it ok if the skimmer still bubbles but does not produce a foam head all the time? Say if the skimmer has skimmed the water clean and it will stop producing foam for a while until there is more in the water to skim again. And leave the skimmer setting alone (once tuned in) and not try adjusting constantly and chasing the "foam head" Is one way better and why?
 
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I know this is an older thread but I have a question on skimming.

Does it matter or is it important to have a "continuous foam head" or is it ok if the skimmer still bubbles but does not produce a foam head all the time? Say if the skimmer has skimmed the water clean and it will stop producing foam for a while until there is more in the water to skim again. And leave the skimmer setting alone (once tuned in) and not try adjusting constantly and chasing the "foam head" Is one way better and why?
It is better to have a continuous head. I find that a skimmer can take time to get going so having consistent production means that the skimmer is working more efficiently. If the skimmer is oversized for the bioload you wont get a good head on it.

I feel its better to have a skimmer that is rated the correct size, rather than oversized to avoid this problem.
 

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I love my pm bullet 2 it's a beast yes have have a big pump but really not pulling that much more power than the reef octopus diablo I was running the reef octopus amp was 1.8 on the apex then unplugged it plugged in the iwalki 40rt amp was 2.1 so not big difference on power . The reef octopus is amazing but the pm bullet is bad butt.
 

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Hi guys i need suggestion im looking for skimmer for red sea 250 but cant decide it to buy the reef octopus 150 or Bubble magnus curve 7 or Omega Vertex ? Plz help
 
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I’d go with the bubble Magnus. I have had both. I’m using the octopus 150 now. But had a Magnus before in another setup. The Magnus is better for tight spaces because the pump is all in closed in the skimmer. The octopus 150 I have is outside the skimmer. Both do a good job.
 

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Would appreciate some advice on replacing my current skimmer.
Currently, I'm running the CAD Lights PLS 50 Elite II. When the pump works properly, it's a fine skimmer. However, the pump is THE problem with this thing -- and, I'm tired of messing with it.
So, my research has begun on a replacement for my JBJ45. I don't want a HOB skimmer -- it must fit inside the back chamber. As a reference -- the Tunze 9004 is used by many in the JBJ45 -- with mixed reviews. It seems, however, that the DC model of Tunze 9004 is very well liked.
Are there other serious options I should consider?
Thank you for your time to reply.
Regards,
-gene
 

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few things to check on skimmer are not only break in time, noise but also maintenance need over time .. for example the HOB1 skimmer is a huge winner among cube tanks. It runs great, start is easy, break in time near zero. HOWEVER check the reviews .. note that nearly none of them are after 3-6 months of ownership .. the HOB1 has a nasty habit of clogging where the airline goes into the pump elbow. Takes 6 months but clogs up over time then nearly no air.
If the skimmer is oversized for the bioload you wont get a good head on it.
 

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Would appreciate some advice on replacing my current skimmer.
Currently, I'm running the CAD Lights PLS 50 Elite II. When the pump works properly, it's a fine skimmer. However, the pump is THE problem with this thing -- and, I'm tired of messing with it.
So, my research has begun on a replacement for my JBJ45. I don't want a HOB skimmer -- it must fit inside the back chamber. As a reference -- the Tunze 9004 is used by many in the JBJ45 -- with mixed reviews. It seems, however, that the DC model of Tunze 9004 is very well liked.auto clicker
Are there other serious options I should consider?
Thank you for your time to reply.
Regards,
-gene
I have had both. I’m using the octopus 150 now. But had a Magnus before in another setup. The Magnus is better for tight spaces because the pump is all in closed in the skimmer. T
 
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Simple it mixes micro bubbles of air with the water inside the skimmer. The micro bubbles then bond with the detritus that is suspended in the water causing the detritus to rise to the collection cup and later be dumped out by you.
 

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Simple it mixes micro bubbles of air with the water inside the skimmer. The micro bubbles then bond with the detritus that is suspended in 192.168.100.1 192.168.1.1 the water causing the detritus to rise to the collection cup and later be dumped out by you.
the water causing the detritus to rise to the collection cup and later be dumped out by you.
 

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