Posted: 4/21/2016 from Colorado
Very quiet pump, my Sicce return pump is louder. Good performance, consistent skimmate production after a short break in. It does however surge after water changes. Important to note the skimmer shipped with the new VarioS controller, note show in the current picture. Also has a built in overflow float switch in the skimmer cup lid. This came in handy while dialing in the skimmer. The new controller is apparently Apex ready but I can’t confirm because I don’t own a controller. The quietness, new controller, and float switch probably make the additional cost worth it.
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170 SSS skimmer
Posted: 4/23/2015 from SPRING, TX UNITED STATES
After one month I am quite pleased with this skimmer. I am using it in a 17 gallon sump cycling water for a 75 gallon FOWLR tank. In the tank I have a kole tang, a green chromis, 2 pajama cardinals, a flame angel, an ocellaris clown (all fish small to medium sized), a conch, a turbo and a few trochuses. I added the skimmer and sump replacing a smaller HOB skimmer w/o a sump. I intentionally chose this skimmer rated for 120 to 300 gallon tanks and am glad I did. One month experience does not speak to longevity/reliability, but initial impressions are very good.
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