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Old 01/26/2009, 09:36 PM   #1
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Anyone still using Volcano skimmers?

Doing a tank upgrade and still using my Volcano 1860. Does anyone else still run one?Those of you that don't , what did you switch to?


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Old 01/28/2009, 09:38 PM   #2
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Guess not.
What did you replace it with?


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Old 01/28/2009, 11:16 PM   #3
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this might be a sore subject for a lot of people


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Old 01/28/2009, 11:46 PM   #4
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Just curious, why might it be a sore subject?


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Old 01/28/2009, 11:58 PM   #5
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The builder of the skimmer left his customers with lots of issues.

they spent a lot of money and the skimmer was performing well below expectations.


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Old 01/29/2009, 10:21 AM   #6
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I see. Ty, Paulairduck. That really stinks.


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Old 01/29/2009, 10:44 AM   #7
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To top it off the builder seems to have made off with quite a few large down payments.


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Old 01/29/2009, 11:19 AM   #8
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Reefaquariumnut is running two Bk's, Tom obrecht is out of the hobby, wizsmaster is moved on and moved on to a reeflo form his mini volcano, I think everyone else is still running their volcano's.

Energy is still the best example of what a volcano can do, his skimmer still works great and he has one of the largest tanks/bioloads on reefcentral.


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Old 01/29/2009, 12:03 PM   #9
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I'm still running mine, I did purchase Tom's tank and still working on getting it set up.I'm trying to get the upgrade right.I'll have around 600 gallons total. Trying to see if there is a better alternative, or stick with what I have. The owners thread has kinda dryed up. I do hate to give up on the skimmer, lot of $$ invested.Don't really want to change unless I know I'll get better results with something else.


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Old 01/29/2009, 12:15 PM   #10
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Honestly the skimmers have a ton of potential if you're willing to work with them. Regardless of the performance $3,000 which i believe is what the 1860's were selling for is a good deal for the body alone. They are built like a tank and proportions are great, regardless of the cone revolution going on now.

Just work on tweaking it for your system, are you/what airpump are you currently running?

There are a couple options, sparks is testing the ATB/laguna 4200 on their volcano right now which is most likely what I'll be using on mine when its finished.

Another solid option is going old school, which works very well and using the alita and air stones, jnarowe has great success with his airstone skimmer as have many others.


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Old 01/29/2009, 12:44 PM   #11
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I'm using an Alita 40 full open now.Did have some performance issues related to a clogged venturi. Was a pita to clean with the design.Very interested in ther Laguna as well. Will it be force fed, or natural?Agreed an proportions and construction.. Body and neck size very good. Can't imagine what they would cost for the materials used if they were mainstream.


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Old 01/29/2009, 03:22 PM   #12
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I'm sure it will have to be forcefed for significant performance, thats a lot of head height for any naturally aspirated pump to do. It has a much larger volute than the dart though and should be able to handle a lot more air.


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Old 01/29/2009, 06:10 PM   #13
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Reeflow Orca 250.


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Old 01/31/2009, 08:24 PM   #14
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Still using my 1850 but added linear air pump. I am thinking add adding some more holes on the bubble plate. Anyone here with an opinion on this? Thanks!


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Old 02/07/2009, 07:34 AM   #15
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Still using my 1850 but added linear air pump. I am thinking add adding some more holes on the bubble plate. Anyone here with an opinion on this? Thanks!
Justplainfishy, I HAVE AN 1850 and i added a altia 40. Found that even with the bleed off fully open had too much turbulence in the neck. I really didn't give it too much time though so i will play with it some more. I also thought about adding more holes in the bubble plate and i did add a elbow pointing down on the input of the skimmer. Seems to have reduced the turbulence a bit. Also Spazz had sent two additional venturi to change skimmer performance. Will post any changes, good or bad as I progress, Neil


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Old 11/15/2009, 10:03 PM   #16
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any one else?
(i dont own one, but like the ones that other people own)


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Old 11/15/2009, 10:08 PM   #17
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Mine will be available shortly.


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Old 11/29/2009, 06:07 PM   #18
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i still have mine and will never want nothing but


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Old 11/29/2009, 07:35 PM   #19
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pictures??
i would love to see them still in action!!!

fizhfly, what size is your volcano?


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Old 11/29/2009, 08:15 PM   #20
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At least two LFS in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) are using Volcano skimmers still. Saltwater Empire uses several of them on their different fish/coral systems. Ocean Devotion has one running on their large frag/coral system.

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Old 11/30/2009, 10:13 AM   #21
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i have the 1860 and looking for another one for the 3000 gallon propagation system.
i love my skimmer and found that i have to feed more hevily because the sps were actually starving since the increASE IN FOOD ALL IS WELL NOW.


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Old 11/30/2009, 10:14 AM   #22
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psWITTUeZNU
heres my 1860 in action


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Old 11/30/2009, 01:03 PM   #23
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that is amazing. i wish i had the money for one..... i was astonished that ENERGY sold his a little while back.

Volcano1 is going to sell his in the near future.


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Old 11/30/2009, 01:19 PM   #24
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why did energy sell his?


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Old 11/30/2009, 02:10 PM   #25
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by the way here is the tank with the skimmer on it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnO3y...eature=related


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