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Old 12/05/2008, 11:46 PM   #1
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Old 12/05/2008, 11:46 PM   #2
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I am getting my BK MINI 180 on Monday! Freakin STOKED!!!


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Old 12/06/2008, 12:31 AM   #3
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@ reefkoi : did your phone call to Proline give additional information, to the question on the mounting of a second pump to the BK400 ?


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Old 12/06/2008, 08:06 AM   #4
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jnb, my impression is that the second fitting is for ozone if you use it but I could be wrong.


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Old 12/06/2008, 08:12 AM   #5
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yes - I think so - wonder if I should block it - wonder what the design/optimal tune calls for - bocked or unblocked when no ozone - it is very close to the air intake and might interfere with optimality - gosh darn I am anal me thinks

I wonder if non-mini BK owners look down on us Mini's

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Old 12/07/2008, 12:05 AM   #6
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I just join the club, I got the Bubble King 300 Deluxe Internal a couple of weeks ago, my build is going to be a 215 RR Oceanic with starphire front glass, sump is about 83 gallons, and a frag tank connected to the main tank about 60 gallons, I am looking forward to my my new skimmer, I am planning in keeping a mix reef with sps, lps, also plenty of fish that's the main reason I went with this skimmer there's always another fish that needs to be added so I won't have to worry about my fish load.


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Old 12/10/2008, 11:48 AM   #7
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Well I just remodelled my tank from a 120 gal in my spare room to a inwall 150 gal SPs 60x24x24 in Oct after I got back from Afghanistan. SO after always wanting a BK i bought the BK Mini 200 only becaue I needed one ASAP and they didn't have the SM 200 in stock.
I'm pretty excited

I was kinda of nervous getting the 200 simply because every one is saying no get the 200 SM the mini wont handle your system.
60x24x24 with a over flowbox with a 30 gal sump Actual water in sump 20 gal may be probably around 15 gal.
i have for a fish load
kole tang 5"
Sailfin Tang 4"
rabbit fish 3"
2 P.J Cardinals
2 clowns
yellow head goby
prawn goby 3"
lammerick angel 2-3 "
leopard wrasse 3"
green mandrin
royal gramma
blue chromis
2 Blue linkia's
3 brittle stars, Orange ,red, leopard
lots of snails approx 40
5 conchs
2-3 " sand bed
around 25 different types of SPS
mushrooms
Zoo's
open brain
8" Squamosa
3 Crocea
2 maxima's
1 derasa

that is about it just to give you a bio load.
SO I hope that the 200 mini will be fine..I get the SKimmer this FRIDAY


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Old 12/10/2008, 12:45 PM   #8
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Okay, I have kinda a weird situation...

I came down to service my 300 and 250SM last friday and noticed my 300 had "foamed" over the cup and started to drain into the sump. I saw the night before it was very close to the top of the collection cup anyway, but thought I could wait until morning. Well that was an easy fix and clean-up. But once I got the 300 all cleaned and put back together it was constantly over-flowing...Basically like a very wet skim. All the settings stayed the same and this was the result. It would fill the collection cup every 15 seconds with tank water. I then tried to adjust the air pipe and nothing seemed to work. I even adjusted the pump a few turns in or out...nothing. All the while, the 250 SM was working just fine (nice, brownish-black skimmate)...It is also in the same sump (different chamber). Then, I proceeded to remove the 300 from the sump and clean both pumps, collection cup neck, body, and both air pipes...Then the 300 seemed to be working for 10 minutes (by that I mean was not overflowing into the collection cup), but then all of a sudden go nuts and overflow. I even shut it off for 2 days and then pugged it back in...Still volcano of wet saltwater. I did notice that the bigger pump was sucking water very hard (compared to the same pump on the 250). So I am kinda stumped as to what is wrong. Any suggestions?


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Old 12/10/2008, 03:26 PM   #9
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Check this thread Reefaquariumnut i believe he had the same problem and someone gave a solution.

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...readid=1526599


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Old 12/13/2008, 03:17 AM   #10
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Reefaquariumnut- Did you ever find out what was wrong? I had the same problem and ended up cleaning the pump in vingar. after that thing were back to normal.


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Old 12/19/2008, 06:43 AM   #11
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drain

Has anyone tapped into the drain - how are we suppose to use it - it has no threads?
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Old 12/21/2008, 11:32 AM   #12
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@ reefkoi : did your phone call to Proline give additional information, to the question on the mounting of a second pump to the BK400 ?
Yes, they convinced me to wait for the DC pump.........

I am still kicking the idea around though. If the DC pump costs me $2,000 and puts out 3,000 lph air and I can buy another 2500 RDI for $1,000 and end up with 3,500 or 4,000lph air i will take that route.

I have tossed around the idea of buying a ATB skimmer........ but my 250 SM works so incredibly well on my frag system that i'm willing to give Klaus a chance to fix the older 400 internals lack of air issue and make this well built skimmer perform like it should.

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Old 12/21/2008, 12:45 PM   #13
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Yes, they convinced me to wait for the DC pump.........

I am still kicking the idea around though. If the DC pump costs me $2,000 and puts out 3,000 lph air and I can buy another 2500 RDI for $1,000 and end up with 3,500 or 4,000lph air i will take that route.

I have tossed around the idea of buying a ATB skimmer........ but my 250 SM works so incredibly well on my frag system that i'm willing to give Klaus a chance to fix the older 400 internals lack of air issue and make this well built skimmer perform like it should.

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IMO the SM 250 excellent skimmer.

As far as your 400 :

There is always different option...... did you ever test how much air your pump pull ?


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Old 12/21/2008, 10:51 PM   #14
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Okay, I have kinda a weird situation...

I came down to service my 300 and 250SM last friday and noticed my 300 had "foamed" over the cup and started to drain into the sump. I saw the night before it was very close to the top of the collection cup anyway, but thought I could wait until morning. Well that was an easy fix and clean-up. But once I got the 300 all cleaned and put back together it was constantly over-flowing...Basically like a very wet skim. All the settings stayed the same and this was the result. It would fill the collection cup every 15 seconds with tank water. I then tried to adjust the air pipe and nothing seemed to work. I even adjusted the pump a few turns in or out...nothing. All the while, the 250 SM was working just fine (nice, brownish-black skimmate)...It is also in the same sump (different chamber). Then, I proceeded to remove the 300 from the sump and clean both pumps, collection cup neck, body, and both air pipes...Then the 300 seemed to be working for 10 minutes (by that I mean was not overflowing into the collection cup), but then all of a sudden go nuts and overflow. I even shut it off for 2 days and then pugged it back in...Still volcano of wet saltwater. I did notice that the bigger pump was sucking water very hard (compared to the same pump on the 250). So I am kinda stumped as to what is wrong. Any suggestions?
I am pretty experienced with this done it several times with my Euro Reef, I would remove my riser tube and run it for a couple of hours until everything calms down, it seems any old skimmate causes skimmer to go crazy. Good luck


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Old 12/26/2008, 01:12 AM   #15
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i'm preparing to plumb my 300ext... got some newbie questions -- thanks in advance for any help!

- where can i buy the proper adapters to US plumbing standards?
- can i reduce the return from the skimmer to 1" without any ill effects? (is it large in order to diminish noise?)
- any other tips on installation?

i am going to try to gravity feed it from a beananimal-style full siphon stand pipe (no bubbles), but if that doesn't work, i plan to drop a pump into my overflow box and feed it from there.

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Old 12/26/2008, 02:44 AM   #16
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i'll answer one of my own questions:
http://www.flexpvc.com/cart/agora.cg...etric-Adapters

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one more question: what's the ideal flow rate to run to BK 300 E?


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Old 12/27/2008, 11:30 AM   #17
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This is the neck on my 250 SM after about 3 weeks of not cleaning it...........oh yeah baby

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Old 12/30/2008, 10:26 AM   #18
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Yum Yum !!!

My new BBK 180 mini V09 :



Silence and great job !


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Old 12/30/2008, 12:25 PM   #19
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what is a "V09"?



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My new BBK 180 mini V09 :



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Old 12/30/2008, 07:43 PM   #20
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That would be the newest model Gen2 i believe


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Old 12/31/2008, 12:10 AM   #21
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Yes it is the new version of BBK180 : V09 means version 2009. The pump have new specs : more air and water.

Close up :




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Old 12/31/2008, 12:11 AM   #22
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i just order a bk mini 200 from scott at aquarium specialty today. will be getting it soon. im stoked. will post pictures upon arrival.


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Old 12/31/2008, 05:03 AM   #23
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here's the new addition to the family:





do you guys know if this is the latest model of the BK D200 Int?
That's what the original owner told me, ..... I don't know cuss every picture I've found online from vendors shows that the BK D200 internal has a cone shape neck, but the one I have barely has a neck.


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Old 12/31/2008, 08:00 AM   #24
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Yes... is the newest and last Modell of Bubble King 200 internal....

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Old 12/31/2008, 12:29 PM   #25
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klaus: thanks for the response. so I'm guessing the online vendors all have picture of the older model d200 internal. thanks for clarifying.


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