Super-quiet skimmer recommendations?

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  1. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

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    I'd say this is the ticket if you are happy with the skimmer performance and just want it quieter
     
  2. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

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    I have an Alpha 200 that I got in a trade. The pump is not an Red Dragon but apparently they are a relabeled pump anyway.

    I have not tried running it. Got it as a spare in case my DC200 broke for some reason.

    Only thing wrong with it is it doesn't have the stand the pump sits on. I was just going to prop it up somehow.

    You are welcome to borrow it to try if you want.


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  3. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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    That is quite an offer, but I would feel rather weird borrowing that expensive a piece of hardware.
     
  4. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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    Ok, at least for today, I decided to buy a Vertex Alpha 200.
     
  5. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

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    lol. No worries. Did you find one? Btw, there is a RLSS 8 on RC if you want to go that route


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  6. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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    Not any cheap enough that it would be worth going used. Buying new with a nice warranty is handy.
     
  7. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

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    On the Alpha?

    A new one is $930. A DC200 is only slightly more and has a RD3 rather than an AC pump.


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  8. rygh

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    Yes, I had the same thought for a while.
    It is just that I am just not entirely sold on the RD3 pump.
    It uses almost twice the power, you get less air in, and it costs more.
    So ... ?? :confused:
    Seems more marketing and hype.
     
  9. Vhuang168

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    Beauty of a D.C. Pump is it is adjustable. My DC 200 runs at 29w which is in the recommended range of 28-32w for this skimmer.

    More air doesn't mean a better skimmer. Neck size plays a factor in determining how much air is needed and seeing as the Alpha 200 has a huge neck, I can see why they want more air intake.

    I suggest you send silef a PM on RC and ask his opinion. He is a straight talker and will recommend something else if it suits you better.

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  10. scuzy

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    Scott is a great guy. Doesn't hesitate to recommend another brand if it works.


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  11. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

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    Very good points.

    So how big is the neck??
    The Vertex is 5". My current skimmer is 4.5"
    I see some mention of a 90mm (3.5") O-ring on the DC200, but no exact specs anywhere.
     
  12. scuzy

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    Also pick up aquadriver neck cleaner :)


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  13. rygh

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    Ordered a Bubble King Double Cone 200 + RD3 speedy. :)
    So no changing my mind anymore!

    Slief was a good hint. Those threads had most of the info I needed.

    Thanks for all the good advice.
     
  14. scuzy

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    Get the neck cleaner :)


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  15. Vhuang168

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    Nice! You will love it!


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  16. roostertech

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    I shouldn't have google the price
     
  17. scuzy

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    Bk skimmers are awesome


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  18. Vhuang168

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    Did you check with silef to see if the DC200 is right for your system?


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  19. Flagg37

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    Nice man. Now if only it would export your aptasia too.
     
  20. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

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    That would be another $5000 attachment
     
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