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Old 12/05/2015, 10:33 PM   #1
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Bubble King Skimmer Users. Post your pictures and skimmer setup here!

This thread will be used for Bubble King Skimmer users. Post pictures of your skimmers and your system here along with some details of your system.

Here is my Supermarin 250. It's in 8.5" of water with the RD3 pump set to 37 watts. It's running on my 650 gallon heavily stocked mixed reef with about 60 fish. My tank consists of a 480 gallon display. I have an 80 gallon sump, 80 gallon refugium and a 60 gallon display refugium.








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Old 12/06/2015, 09:29 AM   #2
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I'm running a Bubble King Double Cone 200 with RD3 pump on my 150g (200g total) tank. It has a very heavy bioload with a Regal Angel, Purple Tang, Yellow Tang, Moorish Idol, a Potter's Angel, 4 Bartlett Anthias, 3 Lyretail Anthias, a Starry Blenny, Mandarin Goby, Diamond Goby, and 12 wrasses of various sizes, including my beloved Earl's wrasse!

Here she is before I gave her a vinegar bath...



I collect this level of gunk about every week. You absolutely can't see through it in direct sunlight.



I've been running my skimmer for over a year and a half without a hiccup. It's running at about 8" of water at 36 watts. Its seriously one of the most solid investments I have ever made in my tank.


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Old 12/06/2015, 09:34 AM   #3
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Here's my BK MINI 160 on a 50 gal tank with 3 small fishes.






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Old 12/06/2015, 10:15 AM   #4
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Old 12/06/2015, 10:24 AM   #5
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Here's my BK MINI 160 on a 50 gal tank with 3 small fishes.



Nice Uncle Luke! Thanks for sharing! Would you mind sharing some info on your settings as far as sump depth and how many turns out on the volute you have it set with?


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Old 12/06/2015, 01:19 PM   #6
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Here's a pic of my bkmini 160. It is running on my 75 mixed reef. I am currently running it at 9" water level with the volute 75% closed. I run skimmer more on the wet side. I notice if I drop the water level lower than 9" I do not get much skimmate at all.


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Old 12/06/2015, 03:20 PM   #7
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Up close of bkmini in action


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Old 12/06/2015, 04:30 PM   #8
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Old 12/06/2015, 05:55 PM   #9
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Here's my SM250 with the AC pump running in 8.5 inches of water. I have the aquadriver neck cleaner and an auto shutoff in the lid. It pulls a full load twice per week. I'm running it on a 400 gal system with a 340 DT a frag tank and refugium. Pics of the tank as well.







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Old 12/06/2015, 07:04 PM   #10
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Double cone 180 with RD3 pump. Skimmer going nuts while tank cycles


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Old 12/07/2015, 07:23 AM   #11
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Can't decide which to use, playing with each one on each system to see which one performs best with each total system volume and bio load. Will update later when everything settles.


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Old 12/07/2015, 01:29 PM   #12
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Supermarin 250 Red Dragon sitting in 10 inches of water of a 75 gallon sump (wish it was a dream box). Tank size is 200 gallons with about 20 fish ImageUploadedByTapatalk1449520066.604183.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1449520084.838922.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1449520101.837254.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1449520119.445510.jpgImageUploadedByTapatalk1449520137.981146.jpg


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Old 12/10/2015, 06:44 AM   #13
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Have my Bubble King 200 on a 190 gallon total volume tank...have kind of adapted the bubble king look underneath the tank.

Love this skimmer...dead silent...pulls nothing but mud.

Edit - This was an early shot in my build...will post some nice gunky pictures tonight


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Old 12/10/2015, 10:48 PM   #14
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Great to see an official BK / RE forum. I've had various BK skimmers over the years. Currently have a DC180 RD3 and couldn't be more pleased. I have it on a 180g display currently. Heavily stocked and I have to empty the collection cup twice a week!!!


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Old 12/12/2015, 08:14 AM   #15
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I have a Double Cone 250 RD3 running on my 8' 250g SPS tank. I have it sitting in 9" of water and running at 37w. Here's some pics.












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Old 12/12/2015, 05:05 PM   #16
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Pics of my old 376g Peninsula

this tank originally leaked out of the seam and on version two I decided to upgrade everything including the skimmer to a SM300
























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Old 12/13/2015, 10:32 PM   #17
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Old 12/14/2015, 05:44 AM   #19
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There may have been a photobucket issue, the images are showing up now


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Setting up a new tank, Double Cone 180 w/ RD3, + RD3 50w for return.




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Old 12/16/2015, 01:22 PM   #21
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Old 12/18/2015, 09:00 AM   #22
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Hi Scott,

After my water level goes down to 23.5 cm level , my skimmer inner cylinder have the bubbles level as below;





I think there is not much different than the earlier 26 cm water level heigh , although I also observed the skimmate increase either in any of the said level . No overflowing though as initial expected.

Any further advise?

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Old 12/18/2015, 09:07 AM   #23
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Hi Scott,

After my water level goes down to 23.5 cm level , my skimmer inner cylinder have the bubbles level as below;





I think there is not much different than the earlier 26 cm water level heigh , although I also observed the skimmate increase either in any of the said level . No overflowing though as initial expected.

Any further advise?



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That's looking pretty good! You could probably drop the sump level another cm or so but what I see looks pretty good to me and you're still not even completely broken in yet.


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Thank Scott.

I think I can not lower my water level further as the titanium tube of my coolers already expose to air and not submerged as it used to be:



May be after it broken in then adjusting the wedge pipe opening or wattage adjustment can fix it then ?

I think as of now I have to find a way to let water level not below the 26.5 cm marked. Of coarse adding a egg crate to elevated few centimeter of my skimmer will be a solution but in as much as possible I would like my skimmer sit on the base glass.


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Old 12/18/2015, 10:23 AM   #25
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Thank Scott.

I think I can not lower my water level further as the titanium tube of my coolers already expose to air and not submerged as it used to be:

May be after it broken in then adjusting the wedge pipe opening or wattage adjustment can fix it then ?

I think as of now I have to find a way to let water level not below the 26.5 cm marked. Of coarse adding a egg crate to elevated few centimeter of my skimmer will be a solution but in as much as possible I would like my skimmer sit on the base glass.
If the wedge pipe is all the way open and you can't lower the sump level further than you will need to make a stand. Before you have a nice stand made, I would suggest experimenting with egg crate material or something so you can find the sweet spot. If your wedge pipe is partially closed than opening it would lower the level in the skimmer which is the same thing that lowering the sump level would do. Ideally you adjust the sump level and keep the wedge pipe as close to wide open as possible. You can lower the pump speed which will lower the water level in the skimmer but that isn't necessarily ideal but it really boils down to how the skimmer is performing. Either way, you are over the recommended sump depth so I think you will need to raise the skimmer up on a small stand of some sort and find the sweet spot that way. This assuming you need to raise your sump level because of the titanium tubes or assuming you don't like how the skimmer is performing which to me looks pretty good. If you raise the sump depth, I think it will be skimming too wet.


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