skimmer advice for a 200g tank


New member
i am setting up a 200g reef tank. i had planned on a lifereef svs2-24
skimmer. i would really appreciate feedback on two aspects:

1) it is sized for 250gal, but commonly folks halve the manufacturer's specs.
do i need the next size up? (350-400gal)

2) although i have not found any negative comments about this skimmer,
i read allusions to negative comments about lifereef skimmers. is this just
gossip or some personality thing? are there better skimmers in this
price range ($400-500)?

if it matters, the skimmer and sump are in a different room (basement)
from teh tank, so size (and to some extent noise) are not an issue.


In Memoriam
Octopus Extreme 300 is in your range.

Reeflo Orca 200 is at the size range, but price is $650 on sale now from reef specialty.

Octopus Hurricone CAT2 Internal $700


New member
spend the most you can afford on a good skimmer up front. I wish i would have done that . I run a I-tech large cone and it is by far the best skimmer I have owned . Best of all it is built in America


Team RC member
Team RC
It is important to get the best skimmer you can even if it means deferring other equipment. As mentioned above, brand is personal. Maybe a poll of brand you feel you can afford would be a good idea? If so, in the equipment forum?