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geniusxingchuan
10/20/2016, 12:30 AM
Hello,
I'm thinking about the type of BK skimmers with my 125g normal load SPS display tank. I prefer a double cone 180, do I make a good choice?

geniusxingchuan
10/20/2016, 12:34 AM
Since the pump can raise up to 50 watts, what watts should set ?

10/20/2016, 07:15 AM
The DoubleCone 180 + RD3 is a great skimmer, it'll do well on a 125g SPS, though it may be a little on the large side. If you were running a LPS/Softie tank, I'd say go with a smaller tank.
You'll be running that skimmer anywhere from 20-30 watts, most likely. All dependent on your water(salinity, temps nutrient levels), sump depth etc...

slief
10/20/2016, 10:53 AM
The DoubleCone 180 + RD3 is a great skimmer, it'll do well on a 125g SPS, though it may be a little on the large side. If you were running a LPS/Softie tank, I'd say go with a smaller tank.
You'll be running that skimmer anywhere from 20-30 watts, most likely. All dependent on your water(salinity, temps nutrient levels), sump depth etc...

+ 1.

I normally suggest starting between 18 & 22 watts. Some run more but I prefer the added contact time at the lower speeds. The foam is also a bit thicker and slower moving at lower speeds. In cases where the load is much lower, customers often use a higher speed to maintain better consistency.

geniusxingchuan
10/30/2016, 11:57 PM
Thank you Marco and Slief.
I wonder that is doublecone 200 better for my tank?

slief
10/31/2016, 10:01 AM
Thank you Marco and Slief.
I wonder that is doublecone 200 better for my tank?

For a 125G, the Double Cone 180 is a much better choice The Double Cone 200 will be on the large side and not as consistent. I would suggest the Double Cone 180 of the 200 for you size tank.

geniusxingchuan
11/01/2016, 12:00 AM
For a 125G, the Double Cone 180 is a much better choice The Double Cone 200 will be on the large side and not as consistent. I would suggest the Double Cone 180 of the 200 for you size tank.

Thank you Slief
Why don't you recommend mini180? Is mini180 capable for my tank? I have 20+ little fishes

slief
11/01/2016, 10:01 AM
Thank you Slief
Why don't you recommend mini180? Is mini180 capable for my tank? I have 20+ little fishes

The Mini 180 would also work. I just prefer the Double Cones if sump space isn't an issue for a couple reasons. First, the Double Cone 180 has the RD3 pump which makes fine tuning a skimmer a breeze. Granted the Mini's are set it and forget it. The other reason is because pump maintenance on the Double Cone is much easier since you don't have to take the skimmer out of the sump and remove the bottom plate to access the skimmer pump. As such, for a display that size, my first choice would be the Double Cone 180.

geniusxingchuan
11/01/2016, 08:06 PM
The Mini 180 would also work. I just prefer the Double Cones if sump space isn't an issue for a couple reasons. First, the Double Cone 180 has the RD3 pump which makes fine tuning a skimmer a breeze. Granted the Mini's are set it and forget it. The other reason is because pump maintenance on the Double Cone is much easier since you don't have to take the skimmer out of the sump and remove the bottom plate to access the skimmer pump. As such, for a display that size, my first choice would be the Double Cone 180.

Thank you Slief. I'm going to have a Doublecone 180.

slief
11/01/2016, 08:53 PM
Thank you Slief. I'm going to have a Doublecone 180.

You will LOVE that skimmer!