PDA

View Full Version : Skimmer help SWC, AETech, AquaC EV


BigCity
07/04/2011, 01:17 PM
Help me make a decision, provide feedback recs for a new skimmer for my tank.

I have a 120g will be mixed reef with 40g sump, currently finishing the cycling process. Ultimately have maybe have a couple clowns, few chromis, maybe a small tang and damsel.

I have a reef devil currently but have read that it probably won't be enough, maybe at first?

I have been looking at SWC, AETech and AquaC EV. Looking for feedback and recs on which models from these manf would be best (any others would be welcome as well).

Ideally an external skimmer would be best because of space constraints, but I could put in a small external tank with overflow return for an in sump design.

Any questions or clarifications just let me know.

huskysglare1
07/04/2011, 01:24 PM
SWC skimmers are great if you have one with an askoll pump. I've heard that customer service is bad though. I got the SWC 300 Cone skimmer and it's terrific.

pja24
07/04/2011, 01:38 PM
I have the Swc extreme 200. Works awesome. I recommend it (Swc).

BigCity
07/04/2011, 04:00 PM
So what's the difference between the extreme and the cone versions of the SWC?

Jsin
07/04/2011, 04:11 PM
I have a SWC cone and love it. No issues at all and my emails are answered within a day from them. I had an Aqua c ev a few years ago. It was a good skimmed but there was too much tunning involved for me.

jcolletteiii
07/04/2011, 06:52 PM
I had an Aqua C skimmer - worked great when it was set just right. Unfortunately, finding that sweet spot was tough and required frequent fidgeting. I'm going with an SWC 120 on my 50g. cube build. Hear good things, mostly.

BigCity
07/04/2011, 07:32 PM
Hmmm, I was leaning toward the Aqua C skimmers because the footprint was small enough that I might actually be able to get it to fit in the tight quarters of my stand. But if they are tough to get setup and have to constantly adjust then that may not be all that good if it's setup in tight quarters.

jtma508
07/05/2011, 07:27 AM
I ran the AquaC EV-180 for almost three years on my 90 + 25gal system. It rocked. Like most things the 'issues' reported have less to do with the skimmer and more to do with less-than-optimum setups. Once I set mine I never had to fiddle with the settings. Sure, I could dose an additive (Prodibio Reef Bosster is an oily killer) that would drive it crazy but that would happen with any skimmer. The key is the larger pump (Mag 9.5 on mine), dump the gate valve, go with the 1" injector, make sure it sits in water just up to the lower lip of the outlet, and most importantly, periodically clean the air valve of salt build-up.

BigCity
07/05/2011, 07:40 AM
I ran the AquaC EV-180 for almost three years on my 90 + 25gal system. It rocked. Like most things the 'issues' reported have less to do with the skimmer and more to do with less-than-optimum setups. Once I set mine I never had to fiddle with the settings. Sure, I could dose an additive (Prodibio Reef Bosster is an oily killer) that would drive it crazy but that would happen with any skimmer. The key is the larger pump (Mag 9.5 on mine), dump the gate valve, go with the 1" injector, make sure it sits in water just up to the lower lip of the outlet, and most importantly, periodically clean the air valve of salt build-up.

Thanks for the heads up, it's so confusing trying to keep pace with all the different versions, etc on here sometimes. BTW, I sent you a PM response as well.

reign
07/05/2011, 09:43 AM
swc is more energy efficient..I have used aetech and aqua-c for years..I like the simple maintenance of the aquac..no thumb screws ..twistlock is way easier..I have a ev-400(w/ genx 40) and have not had any issues adjusting it..once it is set thats it..+1 jtma508 ..I think the issues for some are the setups..also I always run mine w/o the air valve on..massive air great skimmate a little noisy though..

markster33139
07/06/2011, 07:33 AM
to reign when you say that you run the aqua c without the air valve on, what exactly do you mean?

reign
07/06/2011, 07:47 AM
On aqua c ev skimmers they have a john guest speedfit (ozone/reactor bleed off port) and a small "valve" for air adjustment..I usually take this off to just leave the tapped hole open..the only thing about ev skimmers it that you have to make sure these air intake holes do not get clogged with salt creep since saltwater goes through here..I was told to do this by aqua c years ago when they redesigned the ev skimmers..

ccolt1
07/06/2011, 07:51 AM
I would ask Mojo he was a great help when I was asking about skimmers..

solitude127
07/06/2011, 11:21 AM
If you're looking for an external, you may want to check out the DAS Skimmer. I had an EX-1 on my 90 and it worked really well.