View Full Version : which skimmer for 45 gallon?

10/26/2010, 05:34 PM
Tank is 45 gallons with a 20 long sump...will the reef octopus nwb 110 be big enough it is rated at 100 gallons or will i have to go with the nwb 150 which is rated at 150 gallons?

10/27/2010, 11:54 AM
Anyone? Would like to know as this will determine how big i need to make the first section in my sump

10/27/2010, 12:18 PM
I have a 40b with 20 long sump and use an Octo NW110 that I modded. I think this skimmer works great for my size system. My water may be a little to clean in fact. The newer NWB 110 is better than the one I have by design. It will work great. If only I had waited 3 more months to upgrade my skimmer I would have gotten the new design.

10/27/2010, 01:52 PM
Let me ask you this are you doing sps only, or lps and softies as well. The 110 skimmer would be great for a normal to high bioload on most reef tanks. But if you want an ULNS sps system, I would suggest moving up to the 150 skimmer, just to give you a little extra skimming power, but again, for most people, I think the 110 will work great on your setup.


10/27/2010, 05:07 PM
SWC 120 or 160 cone...

10/27/2010, 05:11 PM
SWC 120 or 160 cone...
Great suggestion. I have an SWC 160 cone on my 57 gallon and it rocks. Best skimmer I have ever owned and small.

10/27/2010, 06:21 PM
Jeff, I'm looking into that skimmer for my 40 breeder as well.. what other skimmers can you compare them to?

To the OP.. I have the ER RS 80 right now. Works great, but there are newer options out there. What's your budget?

10/29/2010, 07:29 PM
I have a nwb 110 on my 45 gal. tank, and It sucks!! I have the new model to!!:thumbdown

Johnny C
10/29/2010, 08:02 PM
The NWB-110 would work perfectly on a well stocked 45G aquarium... the NWB-150 would be severe overkill. A SWC is another great choice.