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I'm looking to upgrade skimmers for my new cube. I'm going to pickup the glass this week for it!!!!! I want to upgrade my skimmer from a Octopus NW200 with a few mods. I'm really intrigued by the cone skimmers. A few out there are in my budget range of about $400. Could anyone with some experience with a cone skimmer chime in and let me know what you think about it??

 

Pics would be great!

 

 

Thanks!!!!

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I have never tried any of the newer cone skimmers but I can say that the older style pyramid skimmers and what not were a total flop IMO.

 

I have an Octopus skimmer now and it is AWESOME. The only other skimmers I have tried that I would suggest over them are the Aqua-c skimmers, however these fall flat on their faces in a efficiency test against the Octopus, but are very strong runners.

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I have never tried any of the newer cone skimmers but I can say that the older style pyramid skimmers and what not were a total flop IMO.

 

I have an Octopus skimmer now and it is AWESOME. The only other skimmers I have tried that I would suggest over them are the Aqua-c skimmers, however these fall flat on their faces in a efficiency test against the Octopus, but are very strong runners.

 

These aint your gran-daddys pyramid skimmers :)

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Those SWC ones loook sweeeet for the price.

 

All I can say is after having my ATB cone I will never go back to a reg skimmer again. They work great and have not had issue one with it. I know it is not in your price range but you might be able to find a used one. But those SWC ones look like they will do the trick. Somebody get one and let us know how it works out:D

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Buy an MSX200, sell the Sicce pump, then by a Askoll 1500. Should come in right over $400 after selling the Sicce pump...

 

Or if you are set on a cone, the best bang for you buck is the Royal Reef CS200:

 

http://royalreefaquariums.com/product_info.php?cPath=17&products_id=76&osCsid=4f37381bb9be292908273831197ba345

 

I currently have one. I bought it for my new 90g, but the skimmer went out on my 36g so I had to swap it in. Its doing okay, but its obvious its drastically oversized. I am expecting much better performance on my new tank with a heavier bio-load.

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Well spent an hour or so reading reviews on a few different cone skimmers. I decided to jump right in and reserved one of the SWC160 cones!!!!! Tough to beat $250 shipped for a cone skimmer.

 

Thanks for the suggestion Ryan ;) Now i'll have an extra $150 for my light budget :D

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That's a sweet price for a cone! What kind of pump does it use? Looks very similar to the bubble magus design.

 

I'm also in the market for a skimmer, and have been looking at one of the super reef octo with the bubble blaster pumps. I'm really tempted to pull the trigger on the xp2000.

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Well spent an hour or so reading reviews on a few different cone skimmers. I decided to jump right in and reserved one of the SWC160 cones!!!!! Tough to beat $250 shipped for a cone skimmer.

 

Thanks for the suggestion Ryan ;) Now i'll have an extra $150 for my light budget :D

 

Sweet! I have been watching the review on R2R of that skimmer. Looks great! What sized tank is it going on?

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Well spent an hour or so reading reviews on a few different cone skimmers. I decided to jump right in and reserved one of the SWC160 cones!!!!! Tough to beat $250 shipped for a cone skimmer.

 

Thanks for the suggestion Ryan ;) Now i'll have an extra $150 for my light budget :D

 

Yeah Im gonna get one too :) Seems like a smokin little skimmer for the price. It's funny to remember what $250 would get you back when I first started a SW tank about 4 years ago :) Its amazing how far skimmers have advanced. Later

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  • 3 weeks later...

I just bought a bubble blaster 3000 for my MSX200--I wanted to dump the Sicce, and go for an Askoll...I even called Marine Solutions and discussed my plan...they told me I'd be happier putting a Bubble Blaster on a 200 over an Askoll...he could have had a sale but opted for customer service!!!

 

I haven't tried the blaster out yet as I am tearing down my tank next weekend and putting in a new sump and figured why deal with adjustments twice...I'll let you know...cone skimmers may be all the rage but I'm not sold entirely on them yet....a well built skimmer with a dynamite pulling pump is what you want...I think you will be happy Miles...

 

DrMerle

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