well after all kinds of hassle, and having to go with a different skimmer than the hurricone, i will be picking up my new skimmer this week
Super Reef Octopus XP-8000 External Cone Protein Skimmer
Super Reef Octopus® 16” External Cone Skimmer
* Dimensions: 24”x20.5”x38”
* Rated up to 1500gal.
* Features the new Bubble Blaster HY10000S 130watts 97% efficiency Max Flow=2600gph
* High quality machine welded cast acrylic construction
* High performance design
* Recommend 1200gph feed pump.
* 3 year warranty on Bubble Blaster pump. 1 year warranty on skimmer. Lifetime warranty on support.