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Old 01/23/2007, 12:12 PM   #1
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Terminator II Protein skimmer???

Does anyone have anything to say about this skimmer?? The price looks right but I need to know if it works.



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Old 01/23/2007, 01:38 PM   #2
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I have seen one at an LFS and it seem to work well. I am planing to get one to supplement my ASM G3 on a 210 reef. I also have the typhoon HOB and it is a great little skimmer! I pull out 24 ounces of skimmate every two days or so with the it. I really like how it is built to, solid. The Terminator 2 is built like a tank as well. The only negative is that you put it together yourself (with some teflon tape, not the major stuff), not a big deal if you ask me. If you get it tell me what you think.


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Old 01/23/2007, 06:03 PM   #3
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Old 01/24/2007, 06:32 AM   #4
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http://www.masohio.com/index.php?topic=257.msg1723

here is a review that I found on the terminator 2. Not a whole lot on them, but from what I have seen and read the terminator 2 seems to be a really good skimmer for a very low price.


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Old 01/24/2007, 06:37 AM   #5
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I posed this same question on my local reef board and here is the one response from an actual owner....

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we have 2 of them setup. one on a 75g and one on a 125g. piece of crap. takes up so much room with all that black pvc. does not skim very well. venturi is always clogging. we are ripping them out in the next few weeks.

I think I will hold off.......


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Old 01/24/2007, 06:49 AM   #6
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Interesting, I will see if my LFS has the same problem.


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Old 01/27/2007, 09:14 PM   #7
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did u find out anything different?


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Old 01/29/2007, 11:04 AM   #8
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I asked my LFS and he said that the term 2 never had a problem with the venturi clogging. I suppose it could, but I guess that could be a problem with any venturi unit. I added an air pump to my typhoon, which does increase the skimming, so that would proabably eliminate the problem (if there is one).


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Old 01/29/2007, 11:28 AM   #9
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I also wonder about that collection cup...or lack thereof.


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Old 01/29/2007, 11:35 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally posted by kodyboy
I asked my LFS and he said that the term 2 never had a problem with the venturi clogging. I suppose it could, but I guess that could be a problem with any venturi unit. I added an air pump to my typhoon, which does increase the skimming, so that would proabably eliminate the problem (if there is one).
kodyboy,

On your Typhoon skimmer, what air pump are you using to increase skimming?

How how skimmate do you collect with and without the air pump?

Is reaching the surface scum a problem with the Typhoon HOB skimmer?

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Old 01/29/2007, 11:43 AM   #11
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This thing has mesh mod written all over it!


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Old 01/29/2007, 12:54 PM   #12
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I am using a wisper 40 and just hooked it up.

I do not see it doing much with surface skum as it does not have a collection area for that. I would suppose that you would have to diy one.

I do not think a mesh mod would do anything as the air intake is after the impeller.

I pull 12-24 ounces of crud out a day.


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Old 01/29/2007, 01:28 PM   #13
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I pull 12-24 ounces of crud out a day.
How much skimmate does your Typhoon collect without the Whisper 40 air pump attached?


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Old 01/29/2007, 02:29 PM   #14
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that is without the mod, don't know how much more the mod causes it to skim, I have not measured it yet.


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Old 01/29/2007, 03:01 PM   #15
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Looking at the picture, one of the things that I find odd (other than collection cup) is that the pump seems to be suspended in air and held up by the Pipe connections. That just seems like a bad design idea to me, as the extra weight on the fittings will hasten a possible leak.


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Old 01/29/2007, 03:46 PM   #16
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Question HOB or In-Sump Skimmer?

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Looking at the picture, one of the things that I find odd (other than collection cup) is that the pump seems to be suspended in air and held up by the Pipe connections.
This is a typical design for a HOB skimmer. Is the Terminator II an HOB skimmer or an in-sump skimmer?

A tube on the outlet of the collection assembly is supposed to lead to a collection jar. The collection assembly is a copy of the Tunze "Foam Extraction Unit."



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Old 01/29/2007, 05:11 PM   #17
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their is no "cap", it just drains to a cup. Works fine from what I can tell.
The pump is securely held on the typhoon and terminator from my unit and what I have seen at the LFS.
The terminator is an in-sump skimmer or external skimmer. You can even use it without a sump, but have to buy the pricey kit to do so.


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Old 01/30/2007, 11:41 AM   #18
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I sent D&D an email to find someone in my area. Here is there response if anyone is interested. BTW...the hokey comment came from local board.

I’m interested in the Terminator II protein skimmer. I like the idea of being able to buy quality American products. Problem is, I’m having a hard time finding any one that has one. I’ve posted on reefcentral.com but no one really knows about it. Most think it looks hokey. Anyway, do you know of any fish stores in the MY area that may be using one of these. Really just looking for some positive feedback. Thanks.

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Hello Bill,

Thank you for contacting us about our products. Let me know what area you are in and I will see what I can do for you.

As far as comments on any web site about our products or anyone else's. Try to look mostly at comments made by people with direct experience with any product.
When I see comments on any product like “ it looks hokey” it get concerned that someone does not have any experience with the product on which to base an opinion, but rather than say that, they feel they must have an opinion.

Our products market into several countries that have very demanding markets and do very well. We have been in the trade for over twenty years. D &D Marine Enterprises has been around longer than most that are out there today. Over the years we were better know in many European markets than here in the states. This was because we produced mainly hand made equipment that was very pricy. When we opened our new factory we went to molding and were able to bring down prices and come back to looking at taking a bigger chunk of the U.S. market, this realignment only began a little over a year ago. Some people out there may also remember us for producing a skimmer called the “BEAST”. It was ranked #1 or 2 in surveys for many years.

The Terminator II is actually a second generation unit copying the “Terminator”, it was designed and hand made specifically for the Germany market. After we opened the new factory we began using the same design but molding it to bring down costs.


I have attached some comments that have been sent to us from users. These comments were NOT requested by us, people simply felt they needed to let us know how they liked the product.

I hope some of this helps you.


On 11/6/06 2:11 PM, "[email protected]" <[email protected]> wrote:
I recently purchased a Terminator II and have been more than satisfied with its performance.

Over the years I have used various skimmers, both HOT and in-sump types. All have shown great variability in foam dryness and protein extraction as the water level in the sump or tank changed within what I would otherwise call acceptable limits. Your model is much more consistent in my application. Once the unit had "broken in" it immediately began removing stuff that my previous HOT, presumably designed to handle up to twice my aquarium capacity, had left behind.

Great Product.

_______________________________________________________________________





I would like to let you know how happy I am with your skimmer!
I recently purchased a terminator II skimmer and WOW dose it skim!
It is pulling out crap I never even knew was in my reef !
I have tried Kxxx, rxx xxx, Maxxxx xxxx, Axxx C, Aqxx xxxxx, and
proxxxxx skimmers and this little sucker SMASHES them all !!
I dont even have to adjust it ! Not even after water changes or top offs!
I set it at the recomended level and VIOLA!

Thank you for finaly making a high performance recircualting skimmer affordable tothe average Joe like myself!

Duane Jxxxxxx
Cincinnati, Ohio

On 6/26/06 5:25 PM, "Duane" [email protected]> wrote:



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> Hey you guys are GREAT!!!
>
> I may have sent you a new wholesale client as well.
> ( he has ordered a little bit here and there from you before but I think he
> is ready to go all out with you now.)

> The owners name is Dave and he is a realy great guy.
> I told him how reliable, user friendly, powerfull, and hands off your skimmer
> is and he is VERY interested in finding out how he can carry this line in his
> store.
>
> I am a DIE HARD sceptic and Dave knows this.
> I am one of the pickiest customers he has ever had LOL!
> ( And he will tell you this!) when he saw how much I loved this skimmer he
> knew I wasnt messing around.
> I realy have tried all of the skimmers, and the terminator II beats
> them for its "set it and forget it" capabilities alone.
> I have yet to have it go "skitzoid" on me when I have just added dechlorinated
> top off water or when I am dosing my reef.
> I have not had to adjust it whe the water level drops, and
> Its performance for the money I paid is out of this world.
> I just wish I had tried it sooner.
I'll tell you what threw me off from buying it. the slanted lid collection
> cup! LOL!!!!
> I had never seen any made like it and though this must not be a good one based
> on desing.
> BOY WAS I WRONG.
>
> Thank you once again!
>
> Caelin XXXXXX


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