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JoeMomma
01/04/2009, 11:21 AM
As the title says, I'm looking for some ideas for the best (and not bank breaking) HOB skimmer for a 55 gallon tank. At the moment a sump is not an option.

Thanks!

calli
01/04/2009, 11:50 AM
I am going with a TUNZE 9010... heard both good and bad about them...

The bad thing I have heard is the construction but as for skimming.. A1 all reviews. So I mean just keep in mind that you have to be careful when cleaning it.

Where in Canada are you?

lionfissh
01/04/2009, 12:04 PM
I got an Octopus HOB for my 40gal. Im a member on a few forums and every one, including this one, has good things to say about Octopus.

otrlynn
01/04/2009, 12:10 PM
Here is a link to a thread with basically the same question. I just purchased the Octopus BH-800s for my 58. I'm not quite sure whether I'm satisfied with it yet. I'm sure it is in the break-in period and I'm having trouble controlling the bubbles. It replaced a Coralife 65, which despite a lot of negative feedback on here, did a half-decent job and collected about a half a cup of fairly dark skimmate per week. I mainly wanted to get the ugly pump out of the tank.

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=1519085

camero678
01/04/2009, 12:27 PM
i run an aquac remora with the maxi jett 1200 and it has been working great so far. About 4 months worth

jenglish
01/04/2009, 01:10 PM
I run am octo that uses resun pumps and am happy w/ it but I hear this one is better:

http://www.aquacave.com/octopus-bh-1000-hang-br-on-back-protein-skimmer-br-by-coralvue-2347.html

If you can afford one w/ the sicci pumps I hear they rock. I really have never heard a bad thing about any of the models though

mbell09
01/04/2009, 05:00 PM
I use cpr hob skimmer and no issues here

joeychitwood
01/04/2009, 05:13 PM
I'm currently using a Remora by AquaC powered by Maxi-Jet 1200 on my 54 corner. I had a Remora Pro with a Mag-Drive 5 pump on a 55+ show tank (FO with softies) that was probably overkill. I'm happy with the Remora.

192clark
01/04/2009, 05:22 PM
DELTEC MCE 300 great!

JoeMomma
01/05/2009, 04:58 PM
Thanks for the links and comments!

A pump in the tank and modding the skimmer is very undesireable. Space the skimmer takes up behind the tank is not an issue.

I have a Prism skimmer on a 29 gallon softy/LPS reef and I don't find it does that great a job.