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green wrasse
05/02/2006, 04:30 PM
I thought I saw a thread a while back but can't find it I got a berlin skimmer with no pump I was thinking mag 5 any suggestions

05/02/2006, 04:52 PM
I've used the Red Sea skimmers on and off for at least ten years. They have always performed best with a pressure rated pump and bypass to adjust the flow. Never had any luck using Rios or Mags with them. Really depends on your expections though.


05/02/2006, 08:35 PM
Hmm. I thought the Red Sea web site said which pumps to use.

05/05/2006, 10:12 AM
For some reason, Red Sea doesn't list required pumps for their skimmers (probably an attempt to sell their own pumps). Assuming your Berlin skimmer is a Red Sea model, you can go to Marine Depot to see what is recommended. Here's what it says:

"Red Sea Berlin skimmer requires pump. Rio+ 2500 or Rio 3100 is recommended for in sump setup. An Iwaki 30RLT pump is recommend for external setup. Overall height is 21".

"Red Sea Berlin XL skimmer requires a Rio 3100 or Iwaki 40RLT . Overall height is 33".

"Red Sea Berlin HO skimmer requires Rio+ 2500 or Rio 3100 pump. Please allow 9" depth for proper installation.

green wrasse
05/05/2006, 03:35 PM
thanks for the info Crit

05/05/2006, 05:00 PM
Hope it helped, or did you already find one?

I see that Exotic Tropicals has an XL berlin.

green wrasse
05/06/2006, 01:01 AM
Yes it helped why do they recommend the Rio and not the mag 9.5. I have not bought the pump yet. I am up grading to a 185 gal tank and just kind of keeping my eyes open for deals to piece it together when I get the tank ordered

05/07/2006, 05:17 PM
I imagine that most pumps rated at the same GPH would do ok. For a 185 you may want the XL, depending on your bio load