What's the best skimmer

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  1. MombasaLionfish

    MombasaLionfish Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I have 60 gallon tank that needs a skimmer but it does not have a lot of room for one. We were looking into a reef octopus skimmer. What do you recomend?
     
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    HOB or in-sump?

    I have an Eshopps Axium x120 on my 40 breeder that I really like.
     
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    You can take your pick all have pros and cons also how os your budget? Skikz DelTec, nyos, reef octopus those are the all very good. Price wise I would say reef octopus is the best bang for you buck.if space is a factor I think all the brands mention make space saver modles.
     
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    I looked at that one and I'll probably get it if I can fit it in my sump.
    Oh and in preferably in sump.
     
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    Eshopps has a great small footprint and can squeeze into small sumps. I really like my S120, consistent and great quailty. 20180105_114227.jpg
     
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    How quiet is it?
     
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    I dont hear it. Its a sicce pump, same as a lot of skimmers. It had the best footprint for my sump and I'm happy it's been such a great little skimmer, this 120 would be fine for a 60 gallon too.
     
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    I have the regal 170 recirc skimmer. I love it. This thing skims like a beast
     
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    Octo 110ss Or 150ss all day. I love my 110 perfect for my 45 gallon. Super compact and that with my vios2 I have literally no noise on my tank. Strongly recommend IMG_2905.JPG
     
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    Really I don't think you can go wrong with any of the main brands. I'm running a eshops on my 75 gallon and a skimz on my 180 gallon both work great. The skimz is definitely quieter tho
     
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    For a 60 gal I’d get the RO eSsence. The price and footprint and good. I have one on my 90, recently upgraded to a bm curve 7 elite, but the eSsence would do amazing on a smaller set up.

    I DO NOT recommend dc skimmers unless your running a big system and it’s a super high quality pump like an abyzz.
     
  14. Chris Villalobos

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    The Tunze 9004 is really nice for a smaller tank. Why do you think you need a skimmer? I'm not really sure how necessary they are anymore.
     
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    I had a Euro Reef RC80 aka INS80 it had chocolate milk thick with chunks for skimmate on a 55 gallon tank. I would not over skim there are too many great skimmers for this size tank.
     
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    This is all the room I have so it has to be small.
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    I could get a bigger one if it was outside the sump and I got rid of this but I would prefer not to.
     
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    I need one to make my sump stink less. Seriously you'd think something died in there.
     
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    I've ran both with skimmers and currently running without a skimmer and I've never had an off smell in my tank. At most I get that nice ocean smell when I pull out some cheato. How long has it smelled bad? Are you having any other problems? Dinoflagellates?
     
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    MombasaLionfish One problem is that you are going to get all kinds of strings of algae clogging up your skimmer impeller. Can you put a HOB skimmer on DT?
     
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