View Full Version : Anyone own a Bill Wann (aquarium engineering) skimmer?

02/01/2017, 04:57 PM
I'd like to hear some independent reviews of his skimmer before I move forward with any more research.

Thank you

02/01/2017, 05:24 PM
I'm not much help, but he did just start offering a neck and cup washout system.

02/01/2017, 07:49 PM
I saw that. I can't imagine it's worth the money though. $900 additional cost. But man it does look awesome

02/03/2017, 09:15 AM
Bill lives about 15 minutes from me. He sells enough stuff locally, but I think most of it is commercial operations.

02/13/2017, 11:50 PM
I have one,pm me if you have any questions.

02/14/2017, 09:23 PM
I would like to hear about it too.

02/15/2017, 10:38 AM
I have one, and have had if for 4-5 years. One nice thing about Bill is he is always striving for continuous improvement. If he finds something that works better, it gets incorporated into the next build and so on, rather than keep building the same initial design forever.

One tip would be to run the waste into a collection vessel of some kind and not fill the cup. I setup a five gallon bucket with a lid. One the lid is a level sensor that kills the air to the skimmer when the bucket is full. When the air is killed, no more skimmate, so no flood.

I clean the neck once a week, though I should do it more. It is kind of a pain to have to be on a ladder to clean the neck and cup. If you have the ability to run a neck cleaning system, do it. I don't have a drain near mine to be able to do this, even if I had the ability.

I'm currently running it at a 1.5 minute dwell, or about 16 GPM of flow into the skimmer.

02/15/2017, 12:17 PM
$11,300 for a skimmer? Come on.

02/16/2017, 03:02 PM
You must be referring to the 24" model. The RK2 75 PE which is also a 24" model, lists for $10k though you can find it for less. The thing about the Aquarium Engineering skimmers is they use forced air inducted needle wheel pumps where RK2 does not. The difference is better foam and a large decrease in power consumption.

When I was buying a large skimmer, it was the negative feedback I was getting on RK2 that led me to Bill when I was trying to find an alternative.

The one I have is a 12" model. I also forgot to mention that I have it vented to the outside. It's fed 40 lpm of air which needs to go somewhere. I'd much rather have stinky humid air going outside than in my house. Overall, I'm happy with it. I hope this helps out those interested.