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Old 11/03/2011, 09:31 AM   #26
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Thanks for your answer flipsideleo, that is why it so good to ask here. Based on their website the SM-161 is up to 300 and the SRO 2000 180 gallons, but seems that actually the SRO is better suited for larger tanks.

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Old 11/03/2011, 09:44 AM   #27
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Thanks for your answer flipsideleo, that is why it so good to ask here. Based on their website the SM-161 is up to 300 and the SRO 2000 180 gallons, but seems that actually the SRO is better suited for larger tanks.

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You're welcome, and thanks!

If given the two options, I would opt for the SRO-2000.

The pump on the SM-161 is not a good fit for a tank your size (of course, all dependent on bioloads), and manufacturers always seem to give bigger numbers that what most of us would truly trust (with few exceptions, of course). To be frank, the pump on the SM-161 is just too weak.

IMO, the SM-161 would be good up to ~90g. I even think that the SRO 2000 is too small for what your tank, but it really does depend on your bioload when it's all said and done. I would opt for the 3000 if I had a 170g, but I do tend to overskim (though I don't believe in that concept).

Of course, give me an SK-201 w/ES5000 pump any day over all of the above. (that was my last skimmer, and I loved it)


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Old 11/03/2011, 04:43 PM   #28
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Thnks, I will think about your suggestion and consider the SRO 3000 and the bigger size Skimz.


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Old 04/21/2012, 01:28 PM   #29
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Just installed my new SM201...

Very well made...ES5000 pump is silent. Zero Microbubbles after 15 min. Tons of foam already forming. I checked out the Bubble King Mini 180 and ATB 200 Elegance in person...Must say, this skimmer is just as impressive...at half the cost.


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Old 04/22/2012, 12:45 PM   #30
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I'm still loving mine and still pulls a ton of crap out of the water.

Even though this skilled works great has anyone modded theirs? And if diehard did you do?


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Old 05/12/2012, 11:53 AM   #31
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Any updates on these? I'm specifically interested in the pump's noise and reliability (so far) Thanks.


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Old 05/19/2012, 09:05 AM   #32
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Skimz SM201

Hi, I am seriously thinking on getting the Skimz SM201 from Aquacave this next week. Its my understanding that the pump and air noise are very quiet with the ES5000 pump compared to the ES2800 pump in smaller version. What do you think that have one, as this will be in my living room. Also, my skimmer chamber is set for 9.5 inches, what do you guys set yours at.


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Old 05/20/2012, 09:28 AM   #33
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i had a sm161 for about 6 months now and the pump recently stopped working correctly. it isnt making any microbubbles and has given me a mild shock. When it did work, it worked pretty good after it was set. setting it was a little more difficult than it should be, but to be honest i heard they were finicky before i bought it so i cant really make that complaint. I never got mine from aquacave, but instead from a canadian online store called petsandponds.com. Hopefully they send me a reply to my email pretty soon with an explanation and a fix for my skimmer.


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Old 07/12/2012, 11:08 PM   #34
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do you guys think a skimz 121 is a good fit for my tank? 36 gallons for display, around 8 gallons for sump, moderate/heavy stocked?


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Old 07/12/2012, 11:26 PM   #35
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do you guys think a skimz 121 is a good fit for my tank? 36 gallons for display, around 8 gallons for sump, moderate/heavy stocked?
Same question here, starting an Elos midi as well and considering the same skimmer.
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Old 07/13/2012, 12:21 AM   #36
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^That's really funny because I have the midi sitting dry right now, waiting to get my equipment in place!


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Old 07/13/2012, 02:04 AM   #37
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I was going to get the sk181 but reefbuilderd just announced that Skimz is upgrading to the sicce pump which has significantly improved performance.
Skimz will also be selling an upgrade kit to the sicce got those already have their skimmers.


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Old 07/13/2012, 03:31 AM   #38
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I was going to get the sk181 but reefbuilderd just announced that Skimz is upgrading to the sicce pump which has significantly improved performance.
Skimz will also be selling an upgrade kit to the sicce got those already have their skimmers.
really an upgrade, I just replaced my wm 181 with ssa csa2.

do you have link to story


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Old 07/13/2012, 05:23 AM   #39
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do you guys think a skimz 121 is a good fit for my tank? 36 gallons for display, around 8 gallons for sump, moderate/heavy stocked?
I think that will be a great fit. I have the Warner Marine MF-121 (almost exactly the same as the Skimz) on my Mini. I feel it skims that tank well and could easily handle up to 60 gallons (my next upgrade).

The pump is very quiet and it performs extremely well.


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Old 07/13/2012, 07:57 AM   #40
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I got Skimz SM201 on my 120 gal. and I am very satisfied. It's been running for 2 months now and it is pulling tons of skimmate.The ES5000 pump is very quiet,silent almost.It was very important to me to be silent, since my tank is in the living room and I don't want any noise coming from it.Very easy to adjust,no micro bubbles coming out at all. This is after 3 days.


I Highly recommend this skimmer to anyone.


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Old 07/13/2012, 08:15 AM   #41
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really an upgrade, I just replaced my wm 181 with ssa csa2.

do you have link to story
I found this interesting too. You should be able to find the story by Googling "skimz to use sicce". Looks like AquaDigital is going to rebrand Skimz to CSC (Canadian Skimmer Company) and just change to the Sicce pumps.

I have a 181 too and don't have any complaints with the Eden pump. I could see how a slightly more powerful pump could benefit the body though.


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Old 07/13/2012, 09:56 AM   #42
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I think that will be a great fit. I have the Warner Marine MF-121 (almost exactly the same as the Skimz) on my Mini. I feel it skims that tank well and could easily handle up to 60 gallons (my next upgrade).

The pump is very quiet and it performs extremely well.
Thanks for the response! But I'm still worried that it might be overkill. I'd like to get dark skimmate rather than just light tea colored skimmate.


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Old 07/13/2012, 07:18 PM   #43
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really an upgrade, I just replaced my wm 181 with ssa csa2.

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I found this interesting too. You should be able to find the story by Googling "skimz to use sicce". Looks like AquaDigital is going to rebrand Skimz to CSC (Canadian Skimmer Company) and just change to the Sicce pumps.

I have a 181 too and don't have any complaints with the Eden pump. I could see how a slightly more powerful pump could benefit the body though.
Here's the blog I read.
http://blog.aquanerd.com/2012/06/aqu...mmer-line.html


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Old 07/13/2012, 07:38 PM   #44
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Skimz 161 making noise

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I've had my SKIMZ SM 161 for about a month now it's been great until a couple days ago... It is making a really loud noise and it's driving me crazy! Any ideas?

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Im having the same issue with my pump. The noise could be described as a knock. It does go away if I turn the micro adjust to restrict airflow. I did shoot aqua cave a message a few weeks ago but no reply. Is there another way to reach Skimz?


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Old 07/31/2012, 11:55 AM   #45
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Just curious on where you guys keeps your water level for your skimz?

I have the SK 201 and I was keeping mine set at 9". It hasnt been pulling a lot of junk out so I decided to drop the water level down to 8".


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Old 07/31/2012, 02:26 PM   #46
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Hmm.. I had asked Michael about the possiblity of upgrading the pump on my SM121 a few months back to the new ones when they were released and he told me it wasn't possible since the Skimmer was designed around the pump's specs.

I certainly want to know more about this.


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Old 07/31/2012, 08:34 PM   #47
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I have a SM 122. My sump wall is 5 inches taller than the outlet standpipe of the skimmer. I was wondering if I can put a eheim external pump and adapt it to the outlet with a ball valve after the outlet of the pump to control the back pressure so it will alow me to raise the standpipe 5 inches.




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Old 10/14/2012, 10:49 AM   #48
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I was thinking about the sm161 for my 135. I can't fit the 201 either. Should I look at another brand skimmer or are these pretty solid?


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Old 07/02/2013, 06:18 AM   #49
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Hi guys,

Planning to buy Skimz E-Series SK201 Protein Skimmer for my 296 g system..

Any suggestion for Skimez SK201 skimmer will be highly appreciated


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Terrible products. I have two Skimz 251 and a 121. In 18 months I have had an impeller blow out, and now the cords on the pumps are crumbling. Got shocked pretty bad last week and plan on filing a complaint with the CPSC


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