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Skimmer Recommendation

Discussion in 'Lighting and Equipment' started by zombie, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    So I have decided the Ice Cap K2-50 just isn't gonna cut it for my new 65 gallon with 26 gallon sump. I am looking to get a different one (preferably under $300) that will get me the most horsepower for my available footprint. My sump can accommodate up to a 8.25 × 10 in footprint though there is a lip 14" up that tightens those dimensions a half inch (shouldn't have an effect, but certain shaped could be limited by it).

    A few I have found that will fit the footprint are a Skimz SN143, Bubble Magus curve 5 or 7, icecap K2-160, Reef Octopus S-130. The Bubble Magus is by far the cheapest option at only $220 for the curve 7 from Amazon.
     
  2. JuanGutz

    JuanGutz Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    I love my octopus 110int
     
  3. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    What size tank and how heavily stocked? I'm worried that one won't cut it since I plan to be SPS dominant in this tank.
     
  4. Robbiekrause33

    Robbiekrause33 Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    Look at the eshopps line up the X-160 would be awesome I love my X-220
     
  5. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    I looked at that one. Has a lot of bad reviews particularly because apparently the adjustment valve floats and falls out anytime sump water level raises a few inches. I turn my return off for feedings, so that's a dealbreaker.
     
  6. JuanGutz

    JuanGutz Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    About 50 maybe more gallons. I feed stupid heavy but run zeovit. It pulls a full cup every 3 weeks. And it’s set to the dry side.
     
  7. Robbiekrause33

    Robbiekrause33 Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

    I’ve never had the adjustment fall out and I flooded my sump on purpose just to see. But I run my skimmer on a timer from 4:45-5:30 it shuts off I’ve never had an issue
     
  8. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    I ended up getting the bubble Magnus curve 5. The reviews are that were exceptional and I found one on eBay that can show up in a few days for only $175 including shipping. From what I've seen a lot of people have great luck with that on a heavily stocked 120 gallon so it should be overkill for my 65.

    If the pump ever fails, I can get a Sicce PSK-200, which fits exactly to make it an even better skimmer.
     

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