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grwoolf 02-12-2007 12:21 PM

euro reef RS80?
Is the Euro Reef RS80 a good skimmer for a 72G FOWLR tank? Are there others that are better for the $?

Also, I am looking at Marine Depot and they have the RS80 for about $250 and they also have an RS80 with extruded acrylic for about $180? I assume this is just a difference in materials because all the other specs appear the same. Is there a good reason to spend the extra $70?

caferacermike 02-12-2007 04:41 PM

If you want to save a buck buy the extruded version. They work the same. You cannot go wrong with a Euroreef skimmer. My next ER skimmer is ( I scored it this weekend) 60" tall and 14" diamter. You might save an additional $ bby getting an ASM. ASM are ER clones but made of extruded materials. That was the only difference until ER said F-U and made theirs from the cheaper material as well.But if you look around enough you might be able to find an ASM for the same price but double the size. I have an ESV-5 (89g) ER on my 75 and it's awesome. Look on EBAY as many people discount blemish ER's for excellent money.

grwoolf 02-13-2007 03:59 PM

So what is the disadvantage of extruded/cheaper materials? I assume they both function the same and I can't imagine either will wear out. I don't mind paying the premium if there is a significant advantage, just don't want to throw my money away.

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