View Full Version : Are these skimmer all pretty comparable?

08/30/2009, 11:38 AM
So I've decided my plan to DIY a skimmer probably won't work. After the costs to get cast acrylic or clear PVC for a body plus a pump I don't know that it would be worth. If only you didn't have to buy a min. 8 ft of acrylic...anyway.

My system consists of 40g DT w/ 20 gal sump, so ~50+ total. I've found some pretty reasonably priced skimmers that all seem pretty comparable in their capacity and quality. They are the Bubble magus NAC 6, Reef Octopus NWB 110, Vertex IN 100, and PM Redline 100. I've recently started considering the Eshopps PSK-100 b/c as inexpensive as it is I've read some good things about it as well. I'm leaning towards the Vertex but still not quite sure. In the end does it really make much of a difference which I pick? I know everyone has their favorite brands but my thinking is that for under $200 they'll probably perform about the same. Thoughts?

08/30/2009, 11:47 AM
for under 200$ i would say find a used ER RS100 or 135. can get one for 150-200.

08/30/2009, 12:06 PM
all your choices should be a good fit. I have the pm rl100 but never used it. looks well built. If you need any measurements let me know

08/30/2009, 12:52 PM
The main problem is finding skimmers in this size range. Most people are selling giant skimmer for $250-300+. I have seen a few ER RS135s but that's a little bit larger than I'm looking for.

08/30/2009, 04:24 PM
If it was me I would get the Vertex.

08/30/2009, 05:06 PM
NA6 or Vertex is how i'd go.

08/30/2009, 05:49 PM
I just got the Vertex. I have 40g display with a 20g sump just like you, about 55g total when you factor in that a breeder is actually 45g. You wont be disappointed, amazing skimmer for $199.