Skimmers. Cone or Cylindrical

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by sid700, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. sid700

    sid700 Supporting Member

  2. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

  3. CookieJar

    CookieJar Guest

    +1 on cone skimmers. They're popularity has really taken off in past couple years
  4. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    is there a good writeup showing why/how cone skimmers are beater than non cones?
  5. revo

    revo Guest

    i just picked up the xp2000 and lovin it. its quiet and producing a lot of skim mate. i had reservations at first on the pump but its quiet and working.
  6. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    I'm not quite sold on the cone shape making a skimmer better. Maybe there's something there that the entire skimmer basically becomes one riser tube which makes it better or something but I just don't know. There are so many different variables that can make a skimmer pull more effectively that its hard to point to the cone and say that's it.
  7. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    Hehe, good question Tony, short answer no. It has to do with turbulence IIRC and the cone can handle more LPM of air in a smaller package due to the lack of turbulence that occurs with a bell housing where there is a radical reduction in diameter. Does it work? I dunno, my old Euro-Reef does a great job and as we all know it's more about husbandry :)
  8. slim_jim989

    slim_jim989 Guest

    I just picked up the new SWC 160 cone wont be able to test it out till after my tank cycles and gets going but hte build quality is great and its so easy to take everything apart
  9. miles405

    miles405 Guest

    I also just ordered a swc160 on Thursday. I was looking at the super reef octopus sro-1000 and the bubble magus. The sro1000 was not available for a month.
  10. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    I've kinda remained quite on this front. IMO they aren't and pretty much a fad. Having said that, I own a K2 cone :lol:
  11. yellojello

    yellojello Supporting Member

    i saw this groupbuy over at R2R for the SWC cone skimmers ...

    i was initially set on an XP-2000 cone...

    but i found a great deal on a K2 skimmer, that is what I have for my 120g + 55g sump... tank is cycling now with Chromie's swimmin' around, and I'm new to reefin', so can't tell you how it performs.
  12. it's all about the pumps and bubble plate.

  13. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    The odd thing Jeremy, is that I'd imaging turbulence would go UP in a reduced cone...I'd actually think you would want an inverted cone! ...of course, that wouldn' be as pretty.
  14. mpoletti

    mpoletti Guest

    Skimmer can and will only remove so much no matter how many cool features they have. I am still amazed from the fine bubbles that my ATB produces over my old H&S. I can not say that is because of the "cone" but more because of the increase in pump and the cool bubble plates and I'm biased :D
  15. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    This is intrigues me since I'm currently running a H&S A110-F2000 on ~40g of system volume.

    Did you go w/a similar rating skimmer for both?
  16. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Another gimmick.
  17. treylane

    treylane Supporting Member

    Unimpressed with my ATB mini cone. It's fine, but doesn't seem any more magical than the cheapo ASM's I've had in the past.
  18. Eight

    Eight Guest

    I think that the pump is by far the most important part of the skimmer. Having owned probably 8 skimmers in the past three years, I've stopped worrying about absolute efficiency/brute air pull and instead focus on reliability, convenience, build quality and noise level.
  19. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Oops I didn't see the PUMP part :lol:

    Like you and Jason, I think the pump is by far the biggest factor in a skimmer I look for. I don't want my skimmer sounding like a jet engine.
  20. and customer service.Victor gone far and beyond and That go a long way.:)


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