Octopus BH-300F

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    biodarwin

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    Reef Octopus BH-300F

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    After having some problems with my old skimmer I decided to go ahead and upgrade to a new unit.
    After doing a lot of research I decided on a Reef Octopus Skimmer, but I wasn't sure which model I wanted.
    One of the biggest disadvantage of my last skimmer was not being able to have a compartment to run something like carbon
    and having to keep my old Bio-wheel around. This made the process a lot easier and pretty much reduced me down to 2
    choices the 300F or the 100F. The 100F was about $40 cheaper but only had one pump and no little "bubble jar". Given the
    fact that I could also upgrade in the near future it was a pretty easy decision for buying the 300F.

    Once I got the skimmer back to my apartment I took it to the bathtub and ran some vinegar
    through it. These skimmers are made in China and we really have no idea on how they are mass produced.
    Vinegar is a very good cleaning product to use on marine aquarium equipment. It is a non-toxic,natural product
    but strong enough to help clean off lubricates and other chemicals used in the manufacturing process. There was a
    strong smell of "plastic" on the skimmer and I just didn't want to put it in my tank without cleaning it in some way.
    I ran vinegar through it for about an hour.

    After rinsing it thoroughly I was ready to put it to work. The skimmer was 95% assembled when it arrived so there was very little
    to do before it would be operational. On the bottom of the skimmer there is two adjustable pegs so the skimmer will set level
    against your aquarium. There are 2 air line tubes that extend out of the skimmer, one from each pump. Then I added the 2 air silencers
    to those air line tubes. Decreasing the noise a skimmer makes is always a plus. Especially in my case as my tank is in the main living
    room.

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    During the break in period the bubble level will fluctuate greatly so there is almost never a reason to continually adjust
    it for the first few days. Just make sure the collection cup sits high up in the middle chamber. If it is set too low, the
    bubbles can overflow the collection cup and you will come home to a wet floor! Once the skimmate stabilizes you can then dial it in.
    After a 24 hour break-in period my skimmer was good to go. I believe it was the vinegar that helped to break in the skimmer
    faster.


    The collection cup can be adjusted by turning a screw in the right hand compartment.
    By loosening the screw and lowering collection cup, you can increase the amount of skimmate you are producing. If the
    skimmate you are producing is light in color, like the color of green tea, then you might be skimming too wet and should
    raise the collection cup slightly. As long as your skimmate doesn't fill the cup faster than you can dump it you should be alright.

    The last thing I had to do to get this thing running was to fill the skimmer with water, plug it in and get the siphon starting.
    To get the siphon started you plug one of the air hoses into the air intake valve on the inlet of the skimmer.

    Houston we have a problem...

    The 2 tubes that are attached to each pump are not long enough to get to the inlet vale. Apparently there is suppose
    to be another piece of tubing which attaches to the silencer and into the inlet value. I called the distributor and
    asked about it. They are shipping me one now, but you can't give a kid a toy on Christmas and expect him not to play with it!
    I stole some tubing from my old skimmer and made a patch tube that went from the silencer to the air inlet valve on the skimmer.
    Once all of the air was out of the line I turned the value off and pulled the hose out. Lastly I plugged in the 2nd pump and
    we were off to making bubbles.


    My collection cup 24 hours after the breakin period.

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    Its hard to rate a product after only a few days of use, but if this skimmer continues to work like it is currently, then
    I feel that this product was well worth the money I paid for it.

    Front view in tank:
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    After breakin period no microbubbles at all:
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    Side view of skimmer on tank:
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    i'm glad you have this model. when I buy this model as my first skimmer i'll know who to contact.
     
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    glad it is working for you
     
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    Bio,

    Good luck with it. I have the 100F and the only negs are cleaning it (once every other month) and the RESUN pump get a bit noisy.....I belive the 300 comes with the SICCE pumps though.

    I'm sure you know already, but from your pics.....plug one of your silencers into the out let "T" top. This will level off the water and reduce some exit noise.
     
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    Thanks for the in depth review. Glads it working for you.
     
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    Thanks!!! I can't wait to get one and get it up and running :)
     
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    The skimmer is still working great. I have found out if you turn it off for more than 30 minutes you will need to re-prime it to get the siphon going again.
     
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    Thanks for the review! I plan on getting the model also for my 75g. Just gotta find a reliable vendor online to purchase it from.
     
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    biodarwin

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    I bought mine from aquacave.com

    Fast shipping and didn't mind talking to me over the phone when I had some questions about it.
     
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    That is where I was considering getting it from. Either there or AnythingSaltwater.com
     
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    I have a BH-1000 on my 38 gallon reef tank and it has been running really well for almost a year now. It's a great solution for those of us who have to go with an HOB skimmer. I recommend Reef Octopus for sure.
     
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