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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:22 pm    Post subject: H&S 200a 1260 skimmer Reply with quote

H&S 200a 1260 Skimmer

I picked this skimmer up a few weeks ago from a local reefer tearing his system down. The data says it is for a 300 gallon aquarium and I'd believe it from the performance that I see. With no time to break in I'm getting almost a full cup of skimmate in about 4 days and that has stayed consistent.

The skimmer is a little smaller than the ASM G4x it is replacing in diameter and height. The footprint is quite a bit larger due to this skimmers ability to run external. Because of that the base is rather large, taking up 9"x19".

The pump driving this skimmer is an eheim 1260 model that is connected by schedule 80 unions. Since this is an external model the skimmer is a recirculating model. This skimmer runs very quietly.

Right now I have the skimmer supplied with a maxijet 1200. Some in the H&S circle say feeding the skimmer by the overflow is the best method. I'm going to try that when I get time to replumb my drains.

To get the cup off of the skimmer body you would simply turn the cup counterclockwise about 30 degrees. It's a really smooth operation and very quick and easy to remove.

This skimmer does not have a gate valve nor a riser tube. It actually works a lot like the Euroreef CS series. The riser has a T fitting and on top of that a piece of pvc tubing with a wedge cut in it slides in. As you turn this PVC tube the wedge will cover the outlet of the T fitting causing backpressure on the skimmer thus raising the water level. It might not be quite as finite as the gate valve but I believe it is good enough.

I don't have a picture of my skimmer but I will provide a stock photo of it.

I highly recommend this skimmer or any H&S model to anyone that has the budget for an expensive skimmer. I would say among bubble wheel skimmers the H&s and Deltec are in the same ballpark with the Bubbleking being slightly higher line.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

congrats on the high end skimmer - and thanks for the review man.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jamesurq wrote:
congrats on the high end skimmer - and thanks for the review man.


thanks. It's been very nice. I'm not sure if it's worth the $1100 price tag. Thank God I didn't pay that much.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still think that buying my H&S was the best investment for my tank its nice being able to set it and forget it. Constant performance is great to say the least. I'm glad you jumped on that deal when it came about! I got schedule 80 for you when you want to switch out as well.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not so sure I need any at this point. I do need one of those english to metric converters though.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Matt is coming down this weekend and I think we are headed over to Fins if they have one I can pick it up for you so you dont have to drive all the way out there if you want.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2007 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good to me! Right now the water comes out of the T and splashes down to the water level in the sump.
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