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RLSS R8i Skimmer Review

Discussion in 'Skimmers' started by rnscross, Jan 18, 2013.

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  1. Luke

    Luke Moderator VIP+ Member

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    Still like this skimmer mate ?
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    deffinitely. its the quietest skimmer I've seen or had. Its still breaking in but it is producing alot of gunk. Build quality is great, the perspex used is really thick for a skimmer. couldnt be happier.
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    I am having a bit of trouble tuning mine, cup is filling up in about 10 seconds no matter where the down pipe is, will try turning the pump down
  4. Luke

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    How deep is it in the sump mate ?
    I think i would need to sit mine on something , I'm also thinking about the
    R8 U model as well
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    it is in 9 inches of water, I read 8-10 was optimal. Turning the pump down a notch has it doing what I think it should, bubbles are just reaching the top of the collection neck and slowly dropping over the side, is a ligt brown colour?
  6. Luke

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    Any chance you could raise it so its only in the minimum depth , You might then be able to the up the pump power a tad ?
    This would be as much for my research into this skimmer as anything tho mate
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    I can mate, will give it a go. Can I ask why water level effects it?
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    I think the internal skimmers are more affected , Less water means more room for the bubbles to travel up the skimmer neck Plus less water pressure ?
    I could be wrong .. But worth a shot
  9. Luke

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    How is the skimmer going now mate ?
  10. aussieant32

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    Really good mate. Pulling some nice thick stuff out
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    I was told about some flash skimmer that @rnscross picked up & that it was really good!
    went & did some home work & thought these things look good, then found this thread & watched with interest.

    Few days later a R6i turned up at the door step (no where near big enough for our tank) so we could run it in & see what they are like first hand.
    This was sitting in 200ml of water on pump setting 3

    Bubble production
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    The stinky business bit
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    This is after 3 or 4 days, I had to empty this thing twice while we had it, but it was working its arse off to keep up I think lol.
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    These things a damn quiet to which is a bonus.
    We have ordered a R10i to replace the 2x Reef Octopus skimmers we have now & a DC-10000 to replace the old return pump that rattles & hums but keeps working lol.
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  12. Luke

    Luke Moderator VIP+ Member

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    Well .....I just ordered an RLSS R10-i skimmer, To replace my very old and dilapidated Reef Octopus ventu 220 :)
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  13. aussieant32

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    Excellent.
    Mine is working really well now, pulling some horrible stuff out :p
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  14. Luke

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    Thats good to hear :) .. For my own reference , What water lvl are you running it in now mate ?
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    I haven't had a chance to raise it yet so still the same. Looking to raise it an inch or so soon. Working really well at this level though.
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    If it's going well at 9 inches , I would leave it be , My sump has 17 inches of water ... Will need to come up with some way to raise it at least 8 inches :(
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  18. Luke

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    Lots and lots of egg crate :)
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    eggcrate on top of PVC piping is whats usually done.
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    Great work guys!!!

    Thanks for the reviews!!

    Kind regards,
    George

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