Skimmer for 180

wtildens

New member
Ok, i know there are hundreds of post on this subject. Ive tried to search and there is so much!!

anyway, i'm setting up a 180, might end up with a heavy bio load, atleast i want a skimmer that can handle it, just in case.

500$ give or take,

suggestions?
 

ReachTheSky

Active member
The Diablo series are good skimmers but their Sicce pumps are not nearly as quiet or efficient as the SRO series Bubble Blaster.
 

downbeach

New member
I just purchased a Bubble Magus CS-180(HERO) a few month's ago, and am very impressed with it. It has a Sicce PSK1000 pump, and is very quiet. For $300 I don't see how you could go wrong. I have a mixed reef 180 w/40 gal sump, and run bio-pellets, so my load is on the high side.
 

juice79

New member
I use an SRO 3000INT on my 175 and have had great success. I have a heavy bio load and feed alot as well. The Non XP model can be found for right around $500 new online
 

jschultzbass

New member
The bubble blaster pump is a better pump then the Sicce. Most of the price difference of a skimmer in this price range is in the pump.
 

gewehermeister

New member
I run a skimz on my 150 (200total) and it is awsome. I believe it is a 161 e series. After switching from an etss800 it stripped every bit of alge and has kept it that way for a year now under 2 400w halides. I have 8 3-4in anthias 2 same size clowns 2 6in zebra bar gobies 1bluefin angle 2 mandarins and a 2.5in sixline fed all day multiple times probably avg of 4-6 times per day as well as phyto etc. I would definitely recommend. Also in your price range.
 

downbeach

New member
BM or RO, 300 or 500? are there any benefits with the RO, i mean does it work better?

I think the BB pumps are a bit better than the Sicce, but the Sicce is a good pump, and RO must have some faith in them since the use them on their "Diablo" series of skimmers. If I was going to spend the $500 on a skimmer, and had enough head room in my cabinet for it, I probably would have purchased one of the new RO Open Volute skimmers. I don't think you can go wrong with either skimmer, it's just a matter of economics.
 

wildman926

New member
The RO Open Volute skimmers are good, for a fish only tank IMHO.

But if you are going to run a biopellet reactor, or inject ozone, there is no way to directly inject the effluent of the biopellet reactor or ozone into the skimmer. That is a major flaw with that skimmer since it pulls water from the bottom of the base.

I would go with a SRO 3000, or the new Aquamaxx EM200. The Aquamxx is rated to 240g, and has a small footprint.

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