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Firstsalt 05-26-2009 03:03 PM

Is this a good skimmer
 
Lee's Medium Counter Current Protein Skimmer
I was just wondering because i need one and i dont have large amount of funds i wil make more over this summer though:-)

aquakid 05-26-2009 03:44 PM

It all depends. remember you get what you pay for!

Firstsalt 05-26-2009 04:04 PM

true dat like the one piece of live rock i spent 250 on with two corals and a lot of holes and all kinds of good colors vs cheap rock i got with little more than a few purple and green spots
first one was 18 pounds from an intense lfs but never got a bad product except a huge java fern with three or four snail eggs they almost migrated to my new tank

Pasfur 05-26-2009 09:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Firstsalt (Post 199008)
Lee's Medium Counter Current Protein Skimmer
I was just wondering because i need one and i dont have large amount of funds i wil make more over this summer though:-)

No. This skimmer is one of the oldest, least effective, models on the market today. The quality of the skimmer is determined by the amount of bubbles inside the chamber, the size of the bubbles (smaller is better), the "contact time" between the water and the bubbles, the neck restriction, and the user friendliness of the overall design. The Lee's model internal counter current skimmers rate near the bottom on each of these categories. I am speaking from first hand experience.

If you need a low cost skimmer with minimal acceptable performance, check out the SeaClone model hang on skimmers. The contact time is adequate, they use a venturi intake which produces quality bubbles, the neck width does not restrict the output to any significant degree, and the collection cup is easily removed. It is difficult to control the water level inside the skimmer chamber to achieve a good paste in the collection cup, but this can be improved by adding a wooden airstone into the skimmer column, or by switching out the power head for a needle wheel model. If your budget is under $100, this skimmer is the best I have seen for a hang on model.

If by some chance you have a sump system, then you could consider the Odyssea skimmers which are sold on ebay. These units are a pain in the rear when used as a hang on, but are adequate when incorporated in the sump. I am still using the Odyssea PS75 on my 58 reef (in a sump application), and I can't complain. I paid $35 including shipping and power head.

Firstsalt 05-27-2009 03:00 PM

I was about to ask about the seaclone when i read your massage and Im thinking of making a sump out of my two 10 gallon tanks if that even possible

Kellsindell 05-27-2009 10:06 PM

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Originally Posted by aquakid (Post 199023)
It all depends. remember you get what you pay for!


This is absolutely true!

Firstsalt 05-30-2009 10:00 PM

i got the sea-clone 100 for $100 it is doing good other than it hasn't started to make the bubbles yet

Kellsindell 06-04-2009 06:47 AM

Making bubbles it what you need. IF it hasn't started that yet, then i'd say it's doing poor and not good. I never recommend the seaclone. You could have gotten the AquaC remora or Urchin and it would have worked great! and silently.

Firstsalt 06-05-2009 08:32 PM

darn it


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