02-02-2009, 10:47 AM
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Hi uksub. I'm a fan of Coralife in general, I've used a Coralife light fixture and a Coralife RO/DI unit for quite a while now, and they've both been great. However, I have heard sub-par reviews of their skimmers (I've never used a Coralife skimmer myself, so I'm not speaking from experience).
You might consider trying an Aqua-C EV-180 or -240, I've also heard good things about Euro-reef and ASM skimmers. They're more expensive, but it'd be better to get a skimmer that will do a good job, than to spend less and be disappointed in your purchase, worst-case having to go out and buy a new skimmer anyways thus wasting that money you spent at first. But again, I'm not speaking from experience with the Coralife, so maybe it would do fine for you. Anyways, a good skimmer is extremely valuable, probably one of the most important pieces of equipment that you're going to get for your tank, so a really good one is very-much worth it.
If you haven't set your tank up yet, go ahead and get it set up and let it start cycling, you won't need to run a skimmer right off the bat anyways. Use the extra month or so to save a little more money and buy a better one... food for thought anyways. If you do end up going with the Coralife, do come back and let us know how it works for you!