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Ssteve
09/28/2017, 02:50 PM
Looking for a skimmer that will handle a heavily stocked 150g tank. Setting the budget at $500. As of right now I'm really leaning towards the Deltec sc1455 but I'm not committed to anything. I'll be getting either the Red Sea 625xxl or the peninsula 650 depending on the layout of the house I purchase, but for now the skimmer will be going into a heavily stocked 120g sps tank.

James404
09/28/2017, 08:42 PM
I would steer away from Deltec IMO. Their customer service is nonexistent from what I keep hearing.

At that price point I would look into Reef Octopus (regal 200int maybe used?) Or maybe Vertex.

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Ssteve
09/28/2017, 09:00 PM
I'd be purchasing through marine depot which usually stands behind what they sell pretty well. I've owned the 200int before and honestly was not impressed.

James404
09/28/2017, 09:18 PM
Ok, just something to consider. A year or two from now if you need a replacement part.




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jda
09/29/2017, 09:42 AM
Can you fit a LifeReef in there? If you can, they should be on your list.

Ssteve
09/29/2017, 10:40 AM
I don't believe so. I'll have to look at the specs.

Bono
09/29/2017, 01:30 PM
I've had great success with my Aquamaxx Co3 from Marinedepot. The CO2 is well under your budget.

moondoggy4
10/01/2017, 11:54 PM
Vertex 180

ssgss gogeta
10/01/2017, 11:58 PM
Chinese branding but have had amazing experience with these skimmers. The marine sources monster DC range.


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adtravels
10/02/2017, 03:22 AM
https://www.marinedepot.com/Tunze_DOC_Protein_Skimmer_9415_In_Sump_Protein_Skimmers_for_Aquariums_Reefs-Tunze-TZ5342-FIPSIS-vi.html

Bpb
10/02/2017, 09:20 AM
I second lifereef. Their footprints are fairly flexible, as you can run the pump in a completely separate chamber if you need. My lifereef wouldn’t fit in mg skimmer chamber with the pump so I just run the pump in the return chamber


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moondoggy4
10/02/2017, 08:18 PM
https://www.marinedepot.com/Vertex_Technologies_Omega_180i_Protein_Skimmer_In_Sump_Protein_Skimmers_for_Aquariums_Reefs-Vertex_Technologies-VX14300-FIPSIS-vi.html This one and if you wait for the Black Friday sale they usually go on sale as well.