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saltysupplyRich
01/15/2013, 02:42 PM
Do you have a RLSS Skimmer? Tell us about it here.post pictures and discuss..we want to hear pro's, con's, what can we improve on!

http://www.saltysupply.com/v/vspfiles/photos/H2O1111-7T.jpg

Drae
01/17/2013, 02:23 PM
I'm seriously thinking of getting the r6-i for my new 100 gallon. I'm just waiting on a little more feedback before I pull the trigger. Its between that one or the omega. Considering that it'll be at least 8 weeks before a skimmer is even necessary I'm hoping a few people post some skim pics before then.

saltysupplyRich
01/24/2013, 10:35 AM
Either skimmer would work amazing on a 100 gallon tank, I think it boils down to whether you would want the DC pump or not, also price range is very similar

Slawdude
04/12/2013, 02:22 AM
I am just breaking in an R8U and wondering how to reduce the turbulence in the neck (or even if that is necessary). Very impressed with the build quality and quiet pump. Is there any optimal depth we should be running this skimmer at?

saltysupplyRich
04/13/2013, 10:38 AM
We actually don't carry the U model however I would imagine its very similar to the normal ones, we run our R8-I in about 7-8"

jimmyj7090
04/16/2013, 10:06 AM
I am just breaking in an R8U and wondering how to reduce the turbulence in the neck (or even if that is necessary). Very impressed with the build quality and quiet pump. Is there any optimal depth we should be running this skimmer at?

Based on my exp with the R6i, set the inital water level quite low and let the foam build. (on my R6, starting it at the bottom of the taper seems to be about right). If you have foam near or in the neck on initial set up the water level may be too high.

shamus
05/22/2013, 07:42 PM
When will the rlss r6i skimmers be back in stock? And will they have the new dc pumps?

saltysupplyRich
05/23/2013, 12:27 PM
We should have them at the end of june and yes they will incorporate the newer pumps:)

Wangspeed
05/28/2013, 11:29 AM
End of June? Weep. Should I consider the RO DCS line? I have an RLSS 6i on back order with you guys.

Warren

saltysupplyRich
06/03/2013, 10:02 AM
The DCS line is a very good option and are very popular, just don't have the space saving design:) Here is a link to the comparable http://www.saltysupply.com/Reef-Octopus-Diablo-DCS-150-In-Sump-Protein-Skimme-p/oc9235.htm

Wangspeed
06/03/2013, 10:03 AM
I spoke to Chris on the phone. I think I'm going to hold out for the RLSS. Mostly because I just haven't seen any reviews on the DCS. I can only find info about the POV ones.

saltysupplyRich
06/05/2013, 01:51 PM
Not a bad idea, we have some R6's showing up in about 3-4 weeks

crushnburn46
06/27/2013, 06:58 AM
Any updates on new rlss design? Im holding for too long now and im about to pull the trigger on old ones. Pls. need advice

Fallling
06/27/2013, 02:32 PM
^ This here. I'm also wondering if there's any confirmed date for the skimmers with the new pumps will be available.

Wangspeed
06/28/2013, 12:03 PM
Me too, my 90 is waiting on the skimmer that I have on order with you guys. I realize it's a supplier issue, but info from them would be nice.

shamus
06/30/2013, 05:20 PM
Yes info please

saltysupplyRich
07/01/2013, 02:53 PM
Hi Guys, RLSS informed us that they would arrive in the states on June 21st however we are still awaiting they clear customs. This is pumps only, the skimmers will not have new pumps for until the next shipment arrives which we have no ETA on.

Wangspeed
07/01/2013, 03:01 PM
I'm confused. This thread is talking about the skimmers. Perhaps I'm not understanding something.

saltysupplyRich
07/01/2013, 03:18 PM
Which skimmer were you waiting on? I would be happy to give them a ring...I know we have R6i's coming soon with the pumps

Fallling
07/01/2013, 03:28 PM
I'm waiting on the R8i myself. While I haven't been in a hurry by any means, I would like to finally get a skimmer purchased in the next few weeks. I'm starting to wonder if I should look into going with a different brand.

Wangspeed
07/01/2013, 04:26 PM
Hi Rich, I'm paid up and waiting on the R6i.

Thanks,
Warren

crushnburn46
07/01/2013, 08:40 PM
Screw rlss... Im a victim of false hope too, i think they have a big issue on the new skimmer that they cant even make a decent explanation on behalf of people waiting and represents them.. People like rich, which is so polite had no idea on whats happening. Move forward and look for ro pov series or aquamaxx lines, you wont regret it.

saltysupplyRich
07/02/2013, 12:31 PM
the wait has been unfortunate and I appreciate everyones patience..we do have alternatives and I would be happy to help you guys out if you want to give us a ring 866-872-0195

matty0206
07/02/2013, 12:54 PM
I love my R6. If you can wait I would recommend it.
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x328/mattmclemore/DSCN1285_zps17a5de50.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/mattmclemore/media/DSCN1285_zps17a5de50.jpg.html)

saltysupplyRich
07/03/2013, 11:19 AM
We should have good news today. I will keep everyone updated:)

saltysupplyRich
07/03/2013, 11:20 AM
I love my R6. If you can wait I would recommend it.
http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x328/mattmclemore/DSCN1285_zps17a5de50.jpg (http://s1176.photobucket.com/user/mattmclemore/media/DSCN1285_zps17a5de50.jpg.html)

Thanks for the picture! We love our R6

Wangspeed
07/03/2013, 11:25 AM
Lol. I just had Chris change my order yesterday. Oh well.

saltysupplyRich
07/03/2013, 12:05 PM
Lol. I just had Chris change my order yesterday. Oh well.

I don't have any info yet, so we haven't seen the light yet.

goreef170
07/04/2013, 12:15 PM
Rich, do you currently have the RLSS DB10-i ? I see different measurements on the web...can you tell me exactly what the measurements are and also what gallon its rated for. I have a 170 mixed reef with a heavy bio load. I like to feed a lot...

Thanks

saltysupplyRich
07/10/2013, 03:13 PM
Rich, do you currently have the RLSS DB10-i ? I see different measurements on the web...can you tell me exactly what the measurements are and also what gallon its rated for. I have a 170 mixed reef with a heavy bio load. I like to feed a lot...

Thanks


So sorry for the late reply, my subscription dosen't seem to work very well. The DB 10 has measurements of 13"x10.5"x23".

Its a 10" body and most of the 10" bodys we offer are rated around 400 gallons. If you have the space its a killer skimmer and you can feed a lot and probably get away with it. However since you feed a lot I still suggest some sort of GFO to account for phosphates, the matching RLSS reactor would look nice along with the skimmer

goreef170
07/10/2013, 07:21 PM
No Problem,

Which reactor are you referring too ?

Thanks

saltysupplyRich
07/11/2013, 01:29 PM
We have a matching GFO/Media reactor http://www.saltysupply.com/RLSS-FR4-4-Inch-Media-Reactor-p/h2o1127.htm

Also we have 6" versions coming in about a week.

Saltwatercoral2
07/11/2013, 01:59 PM
When will the RLSS R6-I skimmers be in?

saltysupplyRich
07/11/2013, 03:52 PM
should hopefully be in by the end of next week

goreef170
07/12/2013, 10:46 AM
Hi Rich, one more question::

Which one of these has the best customer support, and parts are easy to get..

Rlss DB 10-I

Skimz, Leopard SL 203

R.O. POV DC 3

Also which one could you recommend..

Once again, Thank you !

Keith

saltysupplyRich
07/15/2013, 09:09 AM
No experience with the Skimz but we will handle the warranty for RLSS and Reef Octopus has very good customer support.

ChiiBear
07/15/2013, 12:13 PM
Will you carry R8-U? I don't see it on your site.

ryannat1
07/15/2013, 12:26 PM
Taggin along

saltysupplyRich
07/17/2013, 08:23 AM
Will you carry R8-U? I don't see it on your site.

Hi Chiibear, at this time we don't carry the R8-U I think mainly because of the price difference and how small the market is..however I can work with you and see if we can ship one directly from the factory, but I believe they are special order.

CeeGee
08/07/2013, 12:21 PM
Just received my R6-i (literally) and got the skimmer put together. What is the difference between the R6 and the R6-i?

I just found a thread (aquarium specialty) where a lot of people are having trouble out of the waveline pumps and customer service is non-existent.

It is making me uneasy.

BTW, First time I have ordered from you guys and I must say you guys are fast!

What is the recommended water depth for the R6-i?

saltysupplyRich
08/07/2013, 06:10 PM
R6 is the same as r6i..I for internal...the 5000 pumps had some issues but the 3000 which is in the r6 is near flawless...don't worry about their support..we can always help you out:)

CeeGee
08/07/2013, 06:12 PM
R6 is the same as r6i..I for internal...the 5000 pumps had some issues but the 3000 which is in the r6 is near flawless...don't worry about their support..we can always help you out:)

Nice. That is good to know. I have been looking at these skimmers for a while and haven't seen a single negative thing about them (until I had mine in hand) :)

What what depth do you recommend?

Replacing a i-Tech 100 with this which has been crazy reliable. So I was a bit concerned.

saltysupplyRich
08/09/2013, 04:00 PM
I would say around 6-7" is a pretty good depth

CeeGee
08/09/2013, 04:01 PM
Really? I just made a stand that sits at 8" because that is what is labeled on your site.

saltysupplyRich
08/09/2013, 04:11 PM
Really? I just made a stand that sits at 8" because that is what is labeled on your site.

8" will work just fine to, we keep ours at 7 I believe

CeeGee
08/09/2013, 04:24 PM
Ok cool. I will just keep an eye on it. I ran it in a vinegar bath for 24hrs and installed on the tank last night. So far it isn't pulling anything. I may have it adjusted incorrectly though.

My thoughts were pump running full blast and adjust wedge pipe for desired performance. That may be incorrect though as I have no experience with this skimmer.

You might want to change what's on your site though. It says 8 to 10 inches currently. ��

CeeGee
08/13/2013, 12:03 PM
it would be nice if someone could provide a detailed explanation of how to best set these skimmers up. I currently have my flow on the pump on it's max setting (thinking that would chop up the bubbles the best) but I do see a little turbulence in the column which I have always heard is a bad thing. I just want to make sure I have this skimmer set up correctly.

saltysupplyRich
08/13/2013, 12:27 PM
We run it on max setting, there will be a bit of turbulence which is normal. Give the skimmer about a week to break in.

CeeGee
08/13/2013, 12:33 PM
We run it on max setting, there will be a bit of turbulence which is normal. Give the skimmer about a week to break in.

Sounds good. I am really digging this skimmer. I like the ease of getting the cup off for cleaning and I really like the soft start DC pump. I can't wait for it to really start pulling the gunk out. I am currently getting a tea like consistency.

Thanks for the reply!

jimmyj7090
08/13/2013, 01:08 PM
You might have the water level in the skimmer a little high. I had mine pulling nice thick black coffee looking gunk in just a couple of days.

CeeGee
08/13/2013, 01:20 PM
The water level may be a little high I am still playing it by ear. I do know however that my old i-Tech 100 wasn't pulling much lately and it was definitely set up correctly. That skimmer worked great the main reason I replaced it is from what I can tell the RLSS performs really well and it will be much easier to clean than the i-Tech and easier to get in and out of my sump with the pump located inside the skimmer. Plus it looks awesome :)

I did however see in another thread where a guy said he runs his on the "lowest level" and it pulls out "pudding". What "lowest level" means I am not sure but it did make me question whether I have this skimmer set up correctly.

Johnic
08/30/2013, 03:03 PM
Ignorant question but...
Question about the Rlss6i. By rotating the output pipe on the skimmer to reduce the output, what does this exactly do other than reduce the flow.??

CeeGee
08/30/2013, 03:12 PM
Ignorant question but...
Question about the Rlss6i. By rotating the output pipe on the skimmer to reduce the output, what does this exactly do other than reduce the flow.??

Raise the water level in the skimmer?

Johnic
08/30/2013, 03:13 PM
got ya...thanks

CeeGee
08/30/2013, 03:14 PM
I was hoping that I understood your question correctly.

Johnic
08/30/2013, 03:25 PM
Yup. U did. It makes sense. Thanks

OffDaHook
10/19/2013, 01:08 AM
Salty Supply - When will you have the r6-i back in stock?

saltysupplyRich
10/22/2013, 03:36 PM
Salty Supply - When will you have the r6-i back in stock?

Hi we have a container arriving at the end of this month.

rollermonkey
11/13/2013, 01:35 AM
Looks like they have arrived...

With the upgraded model, too.

saltysupplyRich
11/13/2013, 09:21 AM
They Have!

we have the following

R6 w/ DC4000
R8 w/ DC6000
DB8 w/ DC6000

DC4000 Pumps
DC6000 Pumps
DC10000II Pumps
DC12000 Pumps

https://www.saltysupply.com/RLSS-Reef-Life-Support-Systems-DC-Pumps-s/16275.htm

myst
11/13/2013, 02:48 PM
...

adam87
11/13/2013, 06:25 PM
Do you know when the dc20000 pump will be coming out?

saltysupplyRich
11/16/2013, 04:10 PM
Hi we actually don't even have confirmation of that pump so I'm not to sure..I will let you know if I hear more info

adam87
11/16/2013, 06:13 PM
thank you

NucMed
11/18/2013, 02:06 PM
I'm thinking about buying the R6. I've been researching for reviews and have found nothing but great reviews! I do have one question though. How does the skimmer act when you feed? Do you have to use the feed mode and let it shut off for 10 minutes or can you just let it run? If you do let it run, does it overskim and cause the collection cup to overflow? When the pump turns back on after 10 minutes, does it overskim and cause the collection cup to overflow? I had a skimmer that would overflow during feeding and drove me nuts! My current skimmer that stays on when I feed just goes flat and then foams back up on it's own.

Thanks for the input guys!
Ryan

saltysupplyRich
11/18/2013, 03:18 PM
I'm thinking about buying the R6. I've been researching for reviews and have found nothing but great reviews! I do have one question though. How does the skimmer act when you feed? Do you have to use the feed mode and let it shut off for 10 minutes or can you just let it run? If you do let it run, does it overskim and cause the collection cup to overflow? When the pump turns back on after 10 minutes, does it overskim and cause the collection cup to overflow? I had a skimmer that would overflow during feeding and drove me nuts! My current skimmer that stays on when I feed just goes flat and then foams back up on it's own.

Thanks for the input guys!
Ryan

Hi Nucmed, The R6 is one of our most popular skimmers, they now have the DC4000 included with them that is controllable. The feed timer is good to use when feeding the tank not only for overflowing issues but to prevent the skimmer from pulling out foods you want your corals to receive. As long as your water level dosen't fluctuate by using an ATO you should not have any issues when it starts back up.

rollermonkey
11/19/2013, 11:27 AM
Woo hoo! My R-6i should be shipping today!

saltysupplyRich
11/19/2013, 01:33 PM
Great! You will be very happy

jacksoncm
11/20/2013, 10:52 AM
Just got one of the new RLSS 6i skimmers from you guys. It literally worked right out of the box. Previous skimmer took at least a week to fully break in and produce the foam this thing did..

It's currently sitting in 8" of water and on a notch down from top speed. Almost no micro bubbles at all (if I put it on the top speed I get micro bubbles).

Couldn't be happier..

saltysupplyRich
11/20/2013, 11:50 AM
Just got one of the new RLSS 6i skimmers from you guys. It literally worked right out of the box. Previous skimmer took at least a week to fully break in and produce the foam this thing did..

It's currently sitting in 8" of water and on a notch down from top speed. Almost no micro bubbles at all (if I put it on the top speed I get micro bubbles).

Couldn't be happier..

I'm glad you are happy with it, we really like these skimmers:):fish2:

rollermonkey
11/24/2013, 11:25 PM
Wednesday cannot get here fast enough.

saltysupplyRich
11/25/2013, 08:14 AM
Wednesday cannot get here fast enough.

I assume that means you are awaiting a package:)

rollermonkey
11/25/2013, 11:23 AM
Yup.

I've been waiting for my skimmer since October 5th, although I'm sure some may have been waiting even longer.

rollermonkey
11/27/2013, 07:23 PM
...and best yet, it actually fits in the sump. I knew it was going to be close, but wow.

With the whole skimmer turned about 15-degrees, the wedge pipe and silencer have about 1mm of clearance between the return line on one side and the sump's eurobracing on the other! There is about 3/4" to 1" of space between the water inlet and the sump bulkhead. Fortunately I'm going to need a small stand (1"-2") to get the skimmer at the right depth or it wouldn't work because of the eurobracing.

rollermonkey
11/27/2013, 08:59 PM
Wow, that is one seriously quiet pump. It is so quiet that while giving it a bath in a 5 gallon bucket, I could only hear it when the house's heat was off.

BHHOWARD
12/01/2013, 01:19 PM
Did everything else stay the same on the R8-I with the switch to the DC6000 pump?

saltysupplyRich
12/01/2013, 01:26 PM
Did everything else stay the same on the R8-I with the switch to the DC6000 pump?

yup the only difference is the pump

BHHOWARD
12/01/2013, 10:38 PM
thanks Rich

Boboli
12/02/2013, 08:34 PM
Have any others had problems withe there waveline dc5000 pump???
I have been through 3 already none lasting more than 6 months. I have contacted RLSS and no response from them.
Now thinking i should have bought a Reef Octopus.

Dylan3
12/09/2013, 02:48 PM
I got a 75 gallon reef. Thinking R6-i or should I for the the R8-i.? Also, you said if we need anything from customer support we can contact you, Rich?

saltysupplyRich
12/09/2013, 04:35 PM
Boboli can you contact us regarding your issues tomorrow we will take care of It 866-872-0195

saltysupplyRich
12/09/2013, 04:36 PM
Hi dylan yes you can contact us for warranty support...I would go with tue r6 personally

Dylan3
12/09/2013, 05:34 PM
Thank you, Rich.

Dylan3
12/09/2013, 08:15 PM
Does the RLSS R6-i have the rubber feet still?

saltysupplyRich
12/09/2013, 09:37 PM
Yes they all have the rubber feet

Johnic
12/10/2013, 08:38 PM
With the rlss 6i how do I raise the water level in the skimmer. I'm not sure by rotating the output standpipe to close off the flow will raise the water level.
Does anyone know how to raise the water level in my skimmer, I'm getting micro bubbles.

shamus
12/10/2013, 10:04 PM
Rotating the pipe will raise water level. I also run the pump a notch or 2 from highest setting and it really helps with the micro-bubbles.

Johnic
12/10/2013, 11:48 PM
Is the micro bubbles a problem with some people. What's weird is that is just started after it's been running since august. Not sure why it's starting now..
I tried running it down a few notches seems not to help that much.

jacksoncm
12/11/2013, 02:59 PM
Is the micro bubbles a problem with some people. What's weird is that is just started after it's been running since august. Not sure why it's starting now..
I tried running it down a few notches seems not to help that much.

I have a similar problem. The skimmer worked great for a couple weeks and now is starting to produce a lot of micro bubbles in the sump which are getting through to the DT.

From what I can tell the bubble plate doesn't sit center of the cone, and there is a great deal of "leakage" around the back which is getting sucked out the back and venting into the sump. not sure what to do about that. Doesn't seem to matter what speed setting I use, it vents regardless.

I don't really see a way to center the bubble plate.

Johnic
12/11/2013, 08:30 PM
Ya, it's very frustrating. It's annoying that the bubbles are gathering in the dt. I'm not sure your problem is the same as mine. It seems that the bubbles are backing down from the cylinder to below the bubble plate and getting sucked out.
Does anyone have a solution?

saltysupplyRich
12/12/2013, 09:57 AM
Hi Guys, are you using an ATO or making sure the water level stays the same?

jacksoncm
12/12/2013, 10:26 AM
Hi Guys, are you using an ATO or making sure the water level stays the same?

Yes. I have an ATO. The skimmer sits in 8-3/4" of water.

a picture of the issue:

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jacksoncm
12/12/2013, 11:17 AM
I also noticed that the bubble plate orientation is kind of important. This picture shows the placement differently than what I had originally installed mine. I adjusted it to be more like the picture attached and this seemed to reduce the micro bubbles being expelled (but didn't eliminate them).

saltysupplyRich
12/12/2013, 11:51 AM
Hey guys are you able to call chris, his line is 407-413-9819, or [email protected] that way we can help out a bit faster.

inkedsparkster
12/14/2013, 01:24 PM
Just a heads up for anyone with a waveline pump (whether in your skimmer or sump return.) This is an email I received from RLSS yesterday in regards to hooking up your Waveline to an Apex Neptune system.
Hi, Eric,

Thanks for your interests in our products.

We thought we can finish our parts of job in new APEX-ready controller in this month, but we will need to send to Neptune to get approval. So it would be difficult to predict now but I think end of January we will have chance to launch this products.

Best regards

Eddie Ye
H2O SYSTEMS INC.

If you ever wanted to have everything possible hooked up to your neptune, we will now be able to even have your skimmer pump hooked up to your system! (soon)

Dylan3
12/16/2013, 09:14 PM
Hey guys just set up my R6-I and I'm getting a lot of noise from the air silencer. Can anybody help me?

monty
12/31/2013, 07:39 PM
Thinking about replacing my Bermuda Aquatics BPS 5-C with the RLSS R8e for my 180 -- any feedback would be appreciated for anyone who might be familiar with both skimmers and possible comparisons

monty
01/01/2014, 05:54 AM
I ordered the R8-e last night -- will it come with the new upgraded pump, as indicated in the RLSS online manual?

saltysupplyRich
01/01/2014, 10:47 AM
Yup all our skimmers have the new pump unless otherwise stated

monty
01/01/2014, 01:20 PM
Thanks Rich --- good to know all of your skimmers have the new pumps after reading about the issues from the gen 1's. just to confirm, though, this is the one that I bought last night with your end of year sale

http://www.saltysupply.com/RLSS-R8-E-8-External-Protein-Skimmer-with-Speed-C-p/h2o1113.htm

Upstate GTI
01/03/2014, 08:29 AM
Hello all! my R6i should be arriving today. Does anyone have advice on the setup?

rollermonkey
01/04/2014, 02:45 AM
Hey, Rich, I'm going to call you guys tomorrow... When I plug in my skimmer, the first light on the controller comes on, but the pump doesn't start. If I try to ramp up the speed, the lights come on, but then they go out and the 5th light on the controller starts to flash... Seems like a signal of some kind of problem, but since there's no manual...

monty
01/04/2014, 05:33 AM
sorry to hear that -- which model skimmer/pump do you have out of curiosity? is it brand new or did this just happen all of the sudden? My skimmer comes tuesday and im worried about the same thing with these pumps!

saltysupplyRich
01/04/2014, 03:26 PM
Hello all! my R6i should be arriving today. Does anyone have advice on the setup?

If you have any questions during setup please give us a ring:) 8668720195

saltysupplyRich
01/04/2014, 03:26 PM
Hey, Rich, I'm going to call you guys tomorrow... When I plug in my skimmer, the first light on the controller comes on, but the pump doesn't start. If I try to ramp up the speed, the lights come on, but then they go out and the 5th light on the controller starts to flash... Seems like a signal of some kind of problem, but since there's no manual...

It wouldn't be the pump, most likely the controller or power supply. Give us a call monday and I will have chris take care of it:)

saltysupplyRich
01/04/2014, 03:29 PM
sorry to hear that -- which model skimmer/pump do you have out of curiosity? is it brand new or did this just happen all of the sudden? My skimmer comes tuesday and im worried about the same thing with these pumps!

Hi Monty, no worries if any issues arise we will handle it for you.

rollermonkey
01/04/2014, 05:22 PM
sorry to hear that -- which model skimmer/pump do you have out of curiosity? is it brand new or did this just happen all of the sudden? My skimmer comes tuesday and im worried about the same thing with these pumps!

I have the R6i, with the newer model pump. It worked fine when I tested it / gave it the ammonia bath, then sat idle for over a month while I got my leaky sump replaced and installed shoring in the crawlspace under the tank stand.

rollermonkey
01/04/2014, 05:22 PM
It wouldn't be the pump, most likely the controller or power supply. Give us a call monday and I will have chris take care of it:)

Dokey dokey.

diggler93
01/05/2014, 10:12 AM
I just received mine on Friday.
The plastic plate that has two holes for connecting the adjustment pipe to the air silencer was not correct. The holes were too small and the pipe wouldn't even fit in it. I had to file the holes to make them larger.

Then the silicone gasket for the collection cup isn't the right side either.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/06/pu3ezy2e.jpg

Upstate GTI
01/05/2014, 11:15 AM
My gasket was a tad tough to get seated properly and took a few tries but now that I have it stays in the groove. (Mine is orange though)

diggler93
01/05/2014, 11:16 AM
There is no way to seat it. It's at least 1 inch too big. Believe me I tried.

Upstate GTI
01/05/2014, 12:22 PM
I think it's odd that yours is clear and mine was red silicone

Upstate GTI
01/06/2014, 11:44 AM
Looking at your pic I would say that is most definitely the wrong gasket. It should be a round "o"ring type. I there one floating around your box somewhere? If not call salty and see if you can get some help.

rollermonkey
01/06/2014, 08:14 PM
It wouldn't be the pump, most likely the controller or power supply. Give us a call monday and I will have chris take care of it:)

Called him and stumped him!

We're going to puzzle it out with RLSS in on the conversation, though.

ebaybrad
01/06/2014, 09:04 PM
What do u thing of the r8 external? I am considering it instead of the reef octopus so model ...don't like finicky skimmers though

saltysupplyRich
01/06/2014, 09:19 PM
There is no way to seat it. It's at least 1 inch too big. Believe me I tried.

Wanted to check if you were able to speak with tech support regarding your problem you can reach us at 8668720195

rollermonkey
01/06/2014, 10:34 PM
Called him and stumped him!

We're going to puzzle it out with RLSS in on the conversation, though.


Wow. Those Canucks are on the ball. They already responded:

For anyone else with an R-6i or DC-4000:

If you ever see the 5th light flash on your controller flashing, it means the over-voltage protector has activated. Try unplugging it for a few seconds, then plugging it in again. I had to use a circuit with a lower load, but it started once I did.

I also suggested that they get some kind of manual up on the site. This exactly the kind of thing that would normally be covered!

monty
01/07/2014, 06:25 PM
got my R8-e today and put it together -- hope to have it plumbed in the next few days when I get some time, will post feedback.

ebaybrad
01/07/2014, 06:52 PM
Thanks...I am about to order one...would love some feedback

monty
01/07/2014, 07:14 PM
no prob-

im using it on a 120g dt w/ 100g sump --- replacing a Bermuda BPS 5-C. My first recirculating skimmer, have always used beckets or venturis -- looking forward to seeing what this does myself! So far, it was easy to assemble and cleaning/maintenance looks to be easy. Not sure about how much water to supply it with, can't seem to find much info online. Looks like trial and error unless anyone has any input - Im going to T off my main pump and just play with it i guess

ebaybrad
01/07/2014, 07:15 PM
Fyi...I called the tech dept at rlss and they were super helpful. Mine is going on a 210 fowler...replacing a pm bullet

diggler93
01/08/2014, 12:20 PM
Believe it or not that was the correct gasket. Without instructions I assumed it was installed on the edge or the hole. Turns out it seats in the middle to form the seal.

All good hear. Just waiting for it to break in and start pulling gunk.

monty
01/08/2014, 05:18 PM
got my R8-e plumbed in and running --- creates great bubbles, but im a little clueless on how to best set this --- right now i have the gate valve wide open and the pump running full speed --- bubbles are very fine up until the top half inch where they get bigger, and right now they are topped out right at where the neck starts. Any input on best water level to set these things would be appreciated

saltysupplyRich
01/08/2014, 05:53 PM
Glad to hear you got it all figured out digger..give us a call if you need further help

saltysupplyRich
01/08/2014, 05:54 PM
Monty, there's no real science. .I typically keep the bubbles right where the cup starts..then let the skimmate build up into the cup for a dryer skim...you canb put them higher for wetter skim..do you have an auto?

saltysupplyRich
01/08/2014, 05:55 PM
Auto top off?

monty
01/08/2014, 06:04 PM
yes -- i do, so salinity stays fairly stable.

i've never been able to keep the gate valve on any skimmer i've ever owned wide open, thats my only reason for asking --- ill play around with it over the next few days.

is the only way to adjust the air by turning down the pump?

saltysupplyRich
01/08/2014, 06:07 PM
You could try dropping the speed..make sure the output is above the water level...and the skimmer shouldn't be below the water level

Upstate GTI
01/09/2014, 06:43 AM
got my R8-e plumbed in and running --- creates great bubbles, but im a little clueless on how to best set this --- right now i have the gate valve wide open and the pump running full speed --- bubbles are very fine up until the top half inch where they get bigger, and right now they are topped out right at where the neck starts. Any input on best water level to set these things would be appreciated

how deep is the skimmer sitting in your sump? Mine is sitting at about about 7" and I have plenty of adjustment on the valve even at lower power levels.

monty
01/09/2014, 04:21 PM
how deep is the skimmer sitting in your sump? Mine is sitting at about about 7" and I have plenty of adjustment on the valve even at lower power levels.


I've got the external one, so mine's out of the sump. Here's some pics after 24 hrs -- pump wide open and gate valve all the way open

its building foam, but nothing of any volume. After another day or two i may tweak the output with the gate valve

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j28/matthewmontano/imagecopy_zps3b1a6ef9.jpeg (http://s76.photobucket.com/user/matthewmontano/media/imagecopy_zps3b1a6ef9.jpeg.html)

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j28/matthewmontano/image_zpse362337c.jpeg (http://s76.photobucket.com/user/matthewmontano/media/image_zpse362337c.jpeg.html)

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j28/matthewmontano/photo_zpsa8ade207.jpg (http://s76.photobucket.com/user/matthewmontano/media/photo_zpsa8ade207.jpg.html)

monty
01/11/2014, 03:17 PM
still haven't found the sweet spot for this skimmer --- the above photos are about the best I'be been able to do with it. After a few days, I was only able to produce a small amount of light green foam. I attempted to make a more wet skim by increasing the amount of water input (still keeping gate valve wide open) which raised the water level in the skimmer, but I started to get a leak where the cup screws on. Despite having an O-ring seal and seating the cup very well by hand, water still seeps through. So, I'm assuming that I need to back it back down closer to where I previously had it, which I did. Hopefully it starts to pull some heavy gunk, still hasn't achieved what my bermuda did --- may just need to continue to tweak, I havent given up yet. Suggestions welcome.

Upstate GTI
01/12/2014, 09:31 AM
Same problem with mine. It will pull out dark gunk then go flat. It may be that it is just cleaning out the tank quickly then there is nothing left. I don't have a huge bioload. Btw, is your skimmer as low as it can go in your cabinet or is it sitting on something?

monty
01/12/2014, 12:23 PM
mine is sitting on a stand at a level in which the output comes straight out and is in line with the top of my sump to empty back in. My return pump (Iwaki 70 RLT) T's off to feed the DT, Fuge, and now the Skimmer. I've keep the gate valve wide open and have played around a little with the feed to the skimmer to try and find the right balance --- perhaps i have not yet, or have not given it enough time to adjust. The DC6000 is running wide open and producing great bubbles, which are getting relatively large and breaking in the neck -- will try to take a video in a little while and post.

shamus
01/12/2014, 06:24 PM
Here is a pic of my r6-I 5 days after cleaning cup 60 gallon cube stocked with a cuc and 3 corals. I have it in 9.5" of water. Not sure what water level is correct, but I like what I am seeing so far.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u48/brazenhead4/reef%20tank/7d5bc76735a2052cc6c820c55fa02981.jpg

monty
01/12/2014, 06:45 PM
looks pretty good--- thanks for sharing!

monty
01/12/2014, 07:00 PM
Here are some updates of my R8-E

Im still not sure if ive found the sweet spot, im going to leave it alone for a few days. Any suggestions are welcome

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j28/matthewmontano/th_IMG_0361_zpsb81fccb1.jpg (http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j28/matthewmontano/IMG_0361_zpsb81fccb1.mp4)

Here is a picture of what i've pulled out since the last adjustment, about 24hrs ago - it looks like typical green tea

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j28/matthewmontano/imagecopy_zps342ec387.jpeg (http://s76.photobucket.com/user/matthewmontano/media/imagecopy_zps342ec387.jpeg.html)



here is what I used to pull out of my Bermuda BPS 5-C -- not sure how long this was, maybe a few weeks, but I used to clean the cup and scrape paste out of the neck weekly -- im hoping this RLSS can get to the same point!!

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j28/matthewmontano/image_zpsaeca1f5a.jpeg (http://s76.photobucket.com/user/matthewmontano/media/image_zpsaeca1f5a.jpeg.html)

monty
01/12/2014, 07:01 PM
** first photo in the previous post is a video **

monty
01/15/2014, 04:54 PM
anyone else have issues getting a water tight seal with the collection cup? I've got the cup on good'n'tight and the o-ring seal doesnt seem to keep all the water in -- which poses somewhat of an issue with external skimmers

anyone else?

Upstate GTI
01/15/2014, 07:28 PM
I had it happen to me but it was because my water level was too high and I also didn't have enough air as well. I just ran it up to high power and lowered the water level. I also cleaned the seat and made sure the o ring seated properly. Haven't had a problem since.

monty
01/16/2014, 03:52 PM
update --- I emailed RLSS last night and they responded to me within a few hours and mentioned that they have re-designed the o-ring for this model and are overnighting one to me --- great service!

hopefully it works, because dialing back the input and/or reducing the pump speed to account for the slow leak has yielded far less impressive skimmate!

diggler93
01/17/2014, 06:46 PM
does anyone happen to know if there might be a jumper inside the controller to adjust the feed mode?

I have a DC12000 which has a feed mode of 30 minutes, while the skimmer is only 10. Problem is my skimmer will start up with a super high water level and overflow before my return pump starts.

Upstate GTI
01/21/2014, 08:04 PM
Diggler, I don't think there is nor apex support yet. I do think its odd because my r6i has a 30 minute timer but it is the genII pump.

saltysupplyRich
01/22/2014, 10:59 AM
Same problem with mine. It will pull out dark gunk then go flat. It may be that it is just cleaning out the tank quickly then there is nothing left. I don't have a huge bioload. Btw, is your skimmer as low as it can go in your cabinet or is it sitting on something?

Its probably just pulling what is available since your bioload is low, we see that in our tanks as well.

saltysupplyRich
01/22/2014, 11:01 AM
still haven't found the sweet spot for this skimmer --- the above photos are about the best I'be been able to do with it. After a few days, I was only able to produce a small amount of light green foam. I attempted to make a more wet skim by increasing the amount of water input (still keeping gate valve wide open) which raised the water level in the skimmer, but I started to get a leak where the cup screws on. Despite having an O-ring seal and seating the cup very well by hand, water still seeps through. So, I'm assuming that I need to back it back down closer to where I previously had it, which I did. Hopefully it starts to pull some heavy gunk, still hasn't achieved what my bermuda did --- may just need to continue to tweak, I havent given up yet. Suggestions welcome.

How is your bioload

monty
01/23/2014, 05:29 PM
120 gal DT w/ about 80gal sump. About ten fish, feed frozen mysis daily

Still not getting really dark skimmate, but RLSS sent me their upgraded new O-Ring to stop the collection cup from leaking so i can work on dialing this thing in.

diggler93
01/24/2014, 06:53 PM
I have a 120g with 50g sump. Light bioload, 4 Chromis, a wrasse, couple of shrimp and hermits. Tank is fully cycled (dry rock in brute for weeks previously) but only about a month or so old. I'm running the R8i and have been for about 2 weeks, yet nothing in the skimmer cup at all. Pump is set at 3/4 or so, maybe a little higher. I have the foam level adjusted to be right about at where the collection cup attaches.

From what I can see there are only two adjustments on the R8i, pump speed, and water level.

Is my bioload just too low to be generating any skimate yet?

Upstate GTI
01/25/2014, 12:32 PM
Try turning your pump power up and bring the water level down so the bubbles break the same place you have them now.

Johnic
01/26/2014, 10:10 AM
I have a problem with my skimmer now. I run mine for a day maybe two then I need to run hot Ro/Di water though the air draw tube and the bubbles are back to a nice head, then a day later bubbles are almost nothing and then I need to run the hot water through the tube again. I need to do this every day or so.
This condition just started a week ago, is there any insight to why this is happening?
Can the tube be leaking salt water though it? Or is there a problem with pump ?

shamus
01/26/2014, 10:20 AM
I have a problem with my skimmer now. I run mine for a day maybe two then I need to run hot Ro/Di water though the air draw tube and the bubbles are back to a nice head, then a day later bubbles are almost nothing and then I need to run the hot water through the tube again. I need to do this every day or so.
This condition just started a week ago, is there any insight to why this is happening?
Can the tube be leaking salt water though it? Or is there a problem with pump ?

Mine does the same thing. I notice the bubbles are not the same and I take the air silencer off and it is full of salt. I either blow it out or run hot water through it and it is back to normal. Kind of a pain to have to do that every couple days.

Johnic
01/26/2014, 10:23 AM
Mine does the same thing. I notice the bubbles are not the same and I take the air silencer off and it is full of salt. I either blow it out or run hot water through it and it is back to normal. Kind of a pain to have to do that every couple days.

Yup. I cleaned my silencer too and it still has problem a day later. What's wacky is that it just started, why after running it since August would it happen now?
I'm thinking something is letting in salt water or is getting blocked?

Johnic
01/27/2014, 08:46 PM
I just took apart my 6i skimmer and the entire Venturi air inlet was blocked over with calcium. I soaked it in vinegar and the skimmer is good as new.
Weird how it clogged in only 6 months. I guess moving forward I need to clean it every few months.
Problem solved

diggler93
01/30/2014, 01:57 PM
So I increased the flow on my R8i to 100% and adjusted the water level, still no skimate at all. I mean none. Bubbles aren't building. I have to assume the low bioload is the cause but you would think it has to pull something with 5 small fish in a 120?

shamus
01/30/2014, 03:21 PM
Have you checked to see if the air line or silencer is clogged at all? Just brain storming.

diggler93
01/30/2014, 03:48 PM
I have, completely open. If I remove the silencer you can hear it sucking through the hose.

Here is a video of what I'm seeing, this is on full power

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rq_m93lnfU

I'm wondering about the air inlet attachment? It just pushes on, is everyone's connection like that?

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/800x600q90/706/rx4h.jpg

Upstate GTI
01/31/2014, 08:39 AM
At the top it looks like mine does after I clean the skimmer, put my hands in the tank or feed my fish without rinsing the food. That usually clears up in a few hours at the most. It looks like you are even getting a lot more air than I do. When my bubbles look like that at the top I usually have a lot clearer water at the bottom. As for the Venturi everyones is press on like that. Air doesn't seem to be your problem looks more like a new skimmer or something oily in your tank breaking up the surface tension. PS, when mine does look like that I have it break at the seam where the cup attaches and let it build from there. When I have the water that high it doesn't seem to build up foam as fast. Also now that I have mine set pretty well if I just drop the pump power down one click when I feed instead of using the feed mode which turns it off completely I have no interruption in my skim as I do not lose my head. Otherwise it seems to take several hours to build back up.

shamus
02/05/2014, 07:18 PM
I just took apart my 6i skimmer and the entire Venturi air inlet was blocked over with calcium. I soaked it in vinegar and the skimmer is good as new.
Weird how it clogged in only 6 months. I guess moving forward I need to clean it every few months.
Problem solved

I had the same problem you did and checked my venturi air inlet and it was also clogged with calcium. I cleaned it and it is back to normal. Mine has only been running for 4 months.

rollermonkey
03/12/2014, 08:51 PM
So... It's taken several months since I bought the R-6i to get the tank wet, but it's finally there. I had done the vinegar bath the day the skimmer arrived, and it's just sat around ever since.

Once the cycle was over, I added my CUC and a week later, some corals.

Three days later, I turned on the skimmer.

Here's the collection cup after 24 hours:

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w293/rollermonkey/86509D9C-244A-480D-B504-8282A0699BAC_zpsxz9e0dum.jpg (http://s179.photobucket.com/user/rollermonkey/media/86509D9C-244A-480D-B504-8282A0699BAC_zpsxz9e0dum.jpg.html)

Looks good to me.
:)
(Pay no attention to my temporary power arrangement while I break down the old tank to get the controller off of it.)

dennispham
03/23/2014, 04:49 AM
I've had my R6 skimmer w/ a heavy bioload tank since December and it has skimmed great for me. Good foam however I do have to adjust the output once in a while when it goes crazy (usually after a water change or something is added to the tank)

I have it at 10" water and full pump power. I have to close the valve(pipe) anywhere from 1/2 way to 3/4 way to get a good skimate (slightly wet).

1. Anyone else get a very loud sucking sound? The silencer is not really silent. Feels funny to have to custom make my own silencer (which I will do in a few days). Any suggestions?

2. Without closing the valve, how could I turn down the pump speed so that the hum is not as loud? I prefer to have as much water volume through it as possible.

3. My bubble plate has the blocked area right above the outlet of the pump (as other skimmers suggest to install it this way). I notice that in the waveline PDF, it shows the blocked portion offset to the pump outlet and not over it. How did people do theirs?

Upstate GTI
03/31/2014, 07:13 PM
I have the closed portion of the plate right over the pump outlet just like you do. As others have suggested you might want to check your silencer for salt buildup. The Venturi as well. Mine was running funny this weekend and that is what it was. It has only benn running since December.

Upstate GTI
04/02/2014, 07:23 PM
Looking back at your post you might also want to raise it up a bit too. Originally I had it running at about 10" and I moved it up to about 8.5. It seems to be running better at that level.

dennispham
04/05/2014, 04:21 AM
I got a new sump which gave me room in the skimmer section. Previously, the skimmer barely fit and was pressed up against my drain hose.

After cleaning the skimmer, rinsing with fresh water, and putting it in the new sump now at 10-10.5 inches of water is much quieter! Don't know if it was more room, the cleaning, or water level but now its great.

I now have the valve fully open and only running 4/5 speed.

I'll try a shallow depth later and see if that does anything different.

saltysupplyRich
04/11/2014, 10:59 AM
Thanks for keeping this thread going guys, as always if you have questions please don't hesitate to give us a call

shamus
04/21/2014, 07:19 PM
Just want to give an update on my R6i skimmer. After 7 months of use I have had to clean the Venturi 4 times. Every time I noticed the skimmer not working like normal, the Venturi has been clogged with calcium. It is becoming annoying that I have to clean the Venturi so much. Other than that, the skimmer works good and it's quiet. Any ideas why the Venturi clogs so much?

CeeGee
04/21/2014, 08:06 PM
Have no idea. Is the skimmer sitting at the correct depth? I have been running mine for quite a while and have never cleaned the Venturi. Only thing i have to clean is detritus that builds up on the inside base where the pump sits. That detritus build up is the only thing i dont like about the skimmer. I guess that happens in this kind of design where the pump sits inside the skimmer body.

shamus
04/21/2014, 08:15 PM
It sits in 9.5 inches of water. Yeah I get detritus inside too. I can live with that, but the venturi clogging really kills the skimmers performance.

CeeGee
04/21/2014, 08:32 PM
Not sure the depth mine sits at. I just know that the water touches the bottom of the first "white ring". Have had 0 issues with Venturi clogging. I run alk at 8.0 and calcium at 420 and mag at 1400. Hope that helps.

shamus
04/22/2014, 10:16 AM
Mine is just slightly above white ring. Ca 420, kh 8.3 and mag 1500. I don't know why water level would matter since the venturi would be underwater at any level. It really makes me not like the skimmer so much anymore.

CeeGee
04/22/2014, 10:18 AM
water level might not have anything to do with it. Was just trying to let you know the conditions my skimmer is running in and see if it could help you.

shamus
04/22/2014, 10:31 AM
I know and I appreciate your help.

Upstate GTI
04/22/2014, 10:38 AM
Out of curiosity, are you using kalk or a calcium reactor? If so where are putting it into your sump?

shamus
04/22/2014, 06:08 PM
I am using bionic 2-part and put it in return part of sump. Venturi even clogged before I started dosing.

Johnic
04/25/2014, 11:41 PM
I am using bionic 2-part and put it in return part of sump. Venturi even clogged before I started dosing.

I'm also using esv two part and I find that my skimmer pump stops working and gets cal build up just a little bit and if I use the feed button then hit it again the skimmer won't start back up. I need to take it all apart to get it going again.
Not sure why. Could I be getting cal build up cause my mag is at 1350?
I also think the soft start doesn't help when the skimmer wheel is a bit dirty. It doesn't have enough torque to get the motor going again.
Frustrating.

Upstate GTI
04/28/2014, 11:50 AM
FYI. I (finally) bought an Apex and contacted RLSS to see what the story was with the Apex compatible controller. They are saying summer now, we are going to have to buy another controller and the price will be dependent upon how much Neptune Systems charges them. Fingers crossed on getting these soon and at a reasonable price....

diggler93
04/28/2014, 06:24 PM
I'm getting pretty upset with my skimmer. It's an R8-i running in about 8" of water. It has yet to run for 4-5 days without completely freaking out and overflowing the collection cup. This causes my ATO to run dumping a lot of kalk into my sump. For the money I paid I would not expect this level of performance. To get it working right I have to stick my finger into the inlet and clean it out. There never seems to be a blockage, very odd.

Upstate GTI
04/29/2014, 09:54 AM
I have had mine overflow as well. I think the first time was because I didn't tighten the set screw and bumped it as I was messing around in the sump. The silencer is right against the back glass and if I bump the skimmer with the setscrew loose it will raise the level in the skimmer. The second time was after I cleaned it and I believe I might have had it set to high. I will say operator error on my part both times.

shamus
04/29/2014, 10:14 AM
This is the first skimmer I have had in 15 years and it doesn't impress me. I started out liking it, but it is just too much work keeping it working properly. I spend more time working on skimmer than anything else. It is not consistent at all. Maybe its just me, but i am not a fan anymore. The only good thing i will say is that its quiet.

bobusc83
05/03/2014, 05:13 AM
Just bought a used R8I and was looking for instructions on how to adjust level. I know you can adjust the pump speed but what else can be adjusted. I have read the thread but nothing really jumps out. Appreciate the help.

diggler93
05/03/2014, 06:48 AM
You have two adjustments. Speed on the pump and turning the stand pipe. That is it. From my experience water height with this skimmer makes little difference. Anything from 7-9 your fine.

CeeGee
05/03/2014, 10:08 AM
I agree. Put it in the correct water height and turn the stand pipe to raise water level. I think you turn it clockwise to raise. Set it and forget it. My R6-i pulls nasty skimate consistently and I haven't adjusted it in months. No need to.

shamus
05/03/2014, 01:30 PM
Just bought a used R8I and was looking for instructions on how to adjust level. I know you can adjust the pump speed but what else can be adjusted. I have read the thread but nothing really jumps out. Appreciate the help.

http://media.wix.com/ugd/0ddf80_8605f819ce6eda66b6641cb497ff5328.pdf?dn=RLSS%2BProtein%2BSKimmer%2BManual.pdf

Johnic
05/03/2014, 02:47 PM
I agree. Put it in the correct water height and turn the stand pipe to raise water level. I think you turn it clockwise to raise. Set it and forget it. My R6-i pulls nasty skimate consistently and I haven't adjusted it in months. No need to.

Counter clockwise looking down on skimmer to raise water level in neck. I just tested mine out.

bobusc83
05/03/2014, 06:46 PM
Thanks. I got mine at 10". Will try it at 9"

flamron
05/03/2014, 06:54 PM
My r6-i is breaking in nicely after a couple of weeks on my new tank. Still cycling just dry rock, so I'm impressed what this thing has pulled out so far.

Dapg8gt
06/18/2014, 11:09 AM
Looking at a used r6i but am hesitant to pull the trigger based on the info here and on other threads.. How can I tell if It has the newer pump? I've read some horror stories about them and then stellar reviews..

The skimmer is said to be less than a year old and only used for 4 months but Idk if I want to have to deal with it being a lemon or having to tweak it all the time..

It will be going on a full sps 105g w 35g sump and although I hear people saying it will be enough I'm hesitant due to heavy feeding and carbon dosing... It's pretty well stocked with fish and coral and growing every day..


So how many of you guys really love the skimmer and how many wish you got another type? Thanks

flamron
06/18/2014, 11:12 AM
I'm super happy with mine. It's a beast

jimmyj7090
06/18/2014, 12:27 PM
Looking at a used r6i but am hesitant to pull the trigger based on the info here and on other threads.. How can I tell if It has the newer pump? I've read some horror stories about them and then stellar reviews..

The skimmer is said to be less than a year old and only used for 4 months but Idk if I want to have to deal with it being a lemon or having to tweak it all the time..

It will be going on a full sps 105g w 35g sump and although I hear people saying it will be enough I'm hesitant due to heavy feeding and carbon dosing... It's pretty well stocked with fish and coral and growing every day..


So how many of you guys really love the skimmer and how many wish you got another type? Thanks

Ask for a picture of the pump controller. The replacement that came with the newer generation pump was completely different from the first gen.

Dapg8gt
06/18/2014, 12:45 PM
Thanks for the response guys I actually just saw the difference in the controllers on a video so I will ask for that..

Any issues with calcification in the volute on your guys skimmers? Affecting air draw?

jimmyj7090
06/18/2014, 12:55 PM
I have had no unusual isses with that so far. Like any skimmer occasional cleaning should be needed, but I haven't noticed anything that seemed excessive IMO/IME.

jimmyj7090
06/18/2014, 12:59 PM
This is the first skimmer I have had in 15 years and it doesn't impress me. I started out liking it, but it is just too much work keeping it working properly. I spend more time working on skimmer than anything else. It is not consistent at all. Maybe its just me, but i am not a fan anymore. The only good thing i will say is that its quiet.

Are you still having issues with needing lots of adjustments? If so, is the water level steady in your skimmer area, or does it fluxuate at all?

I've found mine to be extremely consistent, but setting the water level relatively low in the skimmer body and letting the foam head develop over time seems to be important to getting that consistency. If the water level is even a little bit high I can see it needing constant adjusting or else overflowing very easily.

shred5
06/18/2014, 02:06 PM
I believe mine is one of the originals and no issues yet. The thing works well and love mine.. Very quiet.
Are the original ones supposed to have issues?
If something goes wrong since they dont use the same pump, what do you do? I know the skimmer needs to have a different base plate.
What do I need to do too upgrade it?

Only issue is the silencer plugs up occasionally and needs to be cleaned. They need to make a way for you to open it.. anyone have any good tricks on cleaning it..

shred5
06/18/2014, 02:10 PM
Same problem with mine. It will pull out dark gunk then go flat. It may be that it is just cleaning out the tank quickly then there is nothing left. I don't have a huge bioload. Btw, is your skimmer as low as it can go in your cabinet or is it sitting on something?

When a skimmer skims and then stop and go flat that means it actually is over sized for you load.

jimmyj7090
06/18/2014, 03:36 PM
I believe mine is one of the originals and no issues yet. The thing works well and love mine.. Very quiet.
Are the original ones supposed to have issues?
If something goes wrong since they dont use the same pump, what do you do? I know the skimmer needs to have a different base plate.
What do I need to do too upgrade it?

Only issue is the silencer plugs up occasionally and needs to be cleaned. They need to make a way for you to open it.. anyone have any good tricks on cleaning it..

My problem with the Gen 1 pump was that it got less and less reliable on restarts after feeding or cleaning. When it was new it would restart every time. Then 1 in every 10-20 times it wouldn't restart and I would have to take the pump apart and re-assemble to get it going. Then it was 1 in every 10 restarts. I contacted the retailer and asked for support, while I waited for the new pump the old one still ran as long as I never shut it down.

To swap out the old pump for a newer one only required a new baseplate. The new pump came with the baseplate and the new style controller.

jimmyj7090
06/18/2014, 03:40 PM
When a skimmer skims and then stop and go flat that means it actually is over sized for you load.

^ I'd agree if it's pretty extreme.

That said, IME all skimmers will skim more at some times and less at others. If it's got a good thick head some of the day, and looking a little flat at other times, on a daily basis, then I'd think that's pretty normal.

Fallling
06/18/2014, 04:10 PM
Are you still having issues with needing lots of adjustments? If so, is the water level steady in your skimmer area, or does it fluxuate at all?

I've found mine to be extremely consistent, but setting the water level relatively low in the skimmer body and letting the foam head develop over time seems to be important to getting that consistency. If the water level is even a little bit high I can see it needing constant adjusting or else overflowing very easily.

I know I have this problem... but I'm also aware this what the issue is. The water level in sump is at about 10 inches. When I feed, I turn off all pumps including the return which results in the sump water level going up several inches.

I use the "feed mode" but usually leave the return off for 45 min (I have a NPS gorgonian). If I don't reset the "feed mode" for another 30 min, the skimmer always overflows, and I have to monkey around with the settings again.

I have eggcrate to make a skimmer stand to raise the skimmer 2" but just haven't gotten around to it yet. Overall, it does produce a nice foam head, and I'm happy with it.

jimmyj7090
06/18/2014, 04:41 PM
^ that's tough. Even if you raise the skimmer it will still throw it off everytime you use the long feeding time.

shamus
06/18/2014, 08:42 PM
Are you still having issues with needing lots of adjustments? If so, is the water level steady in your skimmer area, or does it fluxuate at all?

I've found mine to be extremely consistent, but setting the water level relatively low in the skimmer body and letting the foam head develop over time seems to be important to getting that consistency. If the water level is even a little bit high I can see it needing constant adjusting or else overflowing very easily.

My water level doesn't move. The only problem I have is the air intake keeps clogging up. I have to clean it out every couple weeks. It seems to be running good lately. Other than the intake clogging up, its not a bad skimmer. It's just annoying that I have to clean the intake so much. I haven't had a problem with my pump and I believe I have one of the early ones.

shred5
06/19/2014, 07:25 AM
My problem with the Gen 1 pump was that it got less and less reliable on restarts after feeding or cleaning. When it was new it would restart every time. Then 1 in every 10-20 times it wouldn't restart and I would have to take the pump apart and re-assemble to get it going. Then it was 1 in every 10 restarts. I contacted the retailer and asked for support, while I waited for the new pump the old one still ran as long as I never shut it down.

To swap out the old pump for a newer one only required a new baseplate. The new pump came with the baseplate and the new style controller.

I better knock on wood but no issues with the pump.. I did have one of my return pumps fail on me and it was the same one as in my skimmer. RLSS took care of it right away.

I have been using mine a long time and love the skimmer. It is so quiet...





My water level doesn't move. The only problem I have is the air intake keeps clogging up. I have to clean it out every couple weeks. It seems to be running good lately. Other than the intake clogging up, its not a bad skimmer. It's just annoying that I have to clean the intake so much. I haven't had a problem with my pump and I believe I have one of the early ones.


Yea I clean mine monthly after it clogged on me completely once. They need to make the silencer clear and able to take apart for easier cleaning... I wonder if it makes much difference with it off, this skimmer is beyond quiet.


Another thing they could improve on the skimmer is turning the pipe for raising and lowering the water level in the skimmer. It is not a big deal but it makes it a little touchy. I wish they used a valve like reef octopus, it make for much finer adjustments to the skimmer..

All in all I have owned allot of skimmers and this is my favorite because of how quiet it is. Performance is pretty good too..

arriel66
06/26/2014, 12:09 PM
This is the second time it happened. My 5th light in the controller is flashing and the pump no working at all. When I tried to lower the speed down or up, light goes back to 1st light, then goes back 5th light again. I unplugged and plug it back in several times, still the same. I have the RLSS 8 - I8. please help.

shred5
06/26/2014, 01:01 PM
This is the second time it happened. My 5th light in the controller is flashing and the pump no working at all. When I tried to lower the speed down or up, light goes back to 1st light, then goes back 5th light again. I unplugged and plug it back in several times, still the same. I have the RLSS 8 - I8. please help.

Email RLSS they get back too you in no time..

Crimson
06/27/2014, 11:14 AM
Rich,

Did they come out with a version 2 of the controller for the RLSS 6i with the dc 4000 pump? I know they have a version 2 controller for the dc6000 pump. If so, is it something we can buy?

Thanks,

Paul

Upstate GTI
07/02/2014, 01:18 PM
Crimson, Mine came with the version II controller. Version III should be coming out in the fall with Apex compatibility. You might want to wait for that one (Though we have been waiting forever.)

F.Q. Schwartz
07/11/2014, 02:34 PM
You have two adjustments. Speed on the pump and turning the stand pipe. That is it. From my experience water height with this skimmer makes little difference. Anything from 7-9 your fine.

Actually in my case the water level made a huge difference....
I worked with Chris on troubleshooting and finally raised the water level in the sump which has it skimming the ugliest black crap I've ever seen....

I love the skimmer, It took a bit to get it working, but Chris and Rich are always there to help when you need em.

I still have an occasional hiccup when I turn the skimmer on before the return pump and the water level is maxed, the skimmer likes to blow water into the collection cup.

Other than that this skimmer 6i is the best that I have used to date, and that includes my recirculating skimmer which was far more difficult to tune.

Thanks Chris, Richard, Salty for the great products

ardsman
08/04/2014, 10:22 PM
Someone gave me one of these skimmers when he quit the hobby, i am a beginner, how do i find out which model i have and it has one of the white screws on the bottom missing, can you get those from somewhere?

Fallling
08/06/2014, 03:20 PM
Anybody who has had a pump die on them, what are the signs that it's dying? I have a RLSS 8i skimmer with DC 6000, and have noticed lately that when the pump turns back on after the feed mode, it doesn't seem to actually power up all the way. With all the same settings, the water level in the skimmer is much lower than what it used to be and even turning it all the way up, I can't seem to get the pump to power up like it used to. I have cleaned the pump, checked the impeller, and cleaned the air hose.

For instance, I found a good spot to be running at level 5 and output completely open. I get nice, big bubbles just at the bottom of the neck and let he foam build over the next few hours. Now, it'll start back up, but the bubbles will still be in the body of the skimmer kind of simmering... I have to raise the water level (close the output about 1/4 - 1/2) to get the bubbles to be in the correct place. Even running the pump at level 6, the bubbles will still be in body of the skimmer (if it's completely open). When this first started happening, I raised the water level, but I guess overnight the pump kicked into "full" power, and I woke up to an overflowing skimmer.

Anybody have an issue like this? It's been running since April or so and is in about 8" of water.

diggler93
08/06/2014, 07:22 PM
It happened twice to me at various times, hasn't happened in quite some time now.

Upstate GTI
08/18/2014, 08:16 AM
Mine will come on one click below max power sometimes if I power it off. This is a PITA since I try to auto feed with the Apex. Waiting for the apex controller...still

berbotty
08/19/2014, 10:49 PM
So I ordered a rlss ru-8 from Aquarium speciality. It arrived today. In all the pics I see the pump like all other internal skimmers sits at a right angle to the outlet. My skimmer body has inlet and outlet holes opposite each other, clearly making it an r8-I body but the pump and fittings are for the r8-u. I contacted H2o systems and he wrote back saying there is nothing wrong and said I had the correct version. Waiting for further responces

paulsreef01
08/23/2014, 09:06 AM
Add me to the list...I've had my RLSS 6i for almost a year now and over the past week it has just produced crazy amounts of micro bubbles - it worked awesome up until then.

When it first happened I took that as a sign it needed a deep cleaning...so that is exactly what I did. I took the whole thing apart, pump and all, and scrubbed everything with a toothbrush, lubed up the o-rings, etc.

I put it all back together...it started pulling gunk out like it used to. A few days later, right back to how it used to be. The only thing I can think of is something with the air silencer (i'm not really sure how to clean it other than blowing some air through it). The venturi is cleaned completely, no calcium buildup or any blockage.

Thoughts?

paulsreef01
08/31/2014, 07:06 AM
Cleaning the air silencer fixed the issue! I guess it must have accumulated a bunch of salt creep restricting the flow.