For you guys that have a small sump area and want to upgrade to a monster skimmer.
I upgraded to a SCA Aquarium 50 Gallon PnP tank that came with stand, tank, sump, skimmer, and return pump. Its a great plug and play setup and works really well.
The sump is nice but small being that the 50G tank is a cube. With that said, the supplied SCA301 skimmer works good but I wanted to "upgraded" as I know a good and BIG skimmer is a must for any reef tank. My footprint on the skimmer section is only 7"x8" - so my choices was very limited and I wanted a quiet skimmer.
I came across Your Choice Aquatics skimmer DC13 (smaller footprint) that has a DC pump and controller. When looking deeper into the models, they have a DC 16 skimmer (rated up to 250G!) that fits into a 7"x7" - so took a chance on this skimmer that it will fit in my limited space AND cross fingers that it will not vibrate and make noise.
All I can say is WOW!!! - this DC16 skimmer kicks some BUTT! IT fit perfectly into my sump AND super quiet since it is a DC pump with controller! The controller allows the adjustment of power and even has a cool feature that pauses for 30 minutes and turn back on automatically, for feeding my corals.
Now I have a huge skimmer- producing AMAZING skimming in my SCA 50G Cube Tank.
The pictures speak for themselves:
The DC16 pull alot of crap out of my tank that the SCA301 wasnt even able too and SUPER QUIET.
I know this may be overrated for my tank but I can always turn down the power of the pump, if needed and my old skimmer wasnt able to perform as well is this one.
+1, I have a DC13 and it's the best skimmer I've ever owned.
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