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  • Got my a150

    I got my a150 in yesterday (thank you very much finsreef). Here is a pic of someone else's a150. Mine looks identical so hopefully you guys don't mind that I am using someone else's pic.

    EDITED (scottw)

    First impressions...

    The acrylic used on these skimmers are far superior to the extruded acrylic I've seen on other products (namely the TLF phosban reactor). I still think that from an aesthetic perspective, the cast acrylic used on other skimmers is better.

    I believe the use of PVC for the base and the skimmer cup lid was a better choise than the ABS plastic used by deltec. I will say that the PVC lid on my euro reef cs 6-1 (hooked up on another tank) feels a little more "weighty" than the lid on my H&S.

    The good news is that this thing is built like a tank. Support braces are used everywhere where any potential weakness may exist. I guess it goes to show that it's not necessarily the materials you use, it's how well you use the materials.

    A note about the fittings..
    The skimmer comes with several pieces of what seem to be something like schedule 80 pvc. What is interesting is that the slip fittings seem to have a loose fit. Whereas with american pvc (schedule 40 and 80), the fit with fittings is very snug. As a result, I had to use some teflon tape to ensure a water tight fit. (I didn't want to cement the fittings together as that seems to be a more "permananet" approach)

    H&S's experience in building skimmers is also very evident. They have worked out a lot of the issues that euro reef seems to be struggling with. First, the fittings that attach the pump to the skimmer body use two different sizes, one of the in and one for the out. Seems simple but euro reef didn't think to do it and wound up with a beta tester who had an inverted pump. Second, the bracing on the potential week points. Third, a fitting that controls water level is standard on the entire line. Now that I have fiddled with this skimmer, I've come to realize that the biggest problem with my euro reef cs 6-1 is that stupid riser pipe. (That and the smug people who own that company, but that is a different story). Lastly, the stand. This H&S skimmer stands perfectly still on it's onw either with the recirc pump on or off. I wonder if euro reef could say the same about their skimmers.

    Ultimately, I still believe that the materials in this skimmer are at best equivalent to the materials used in the higher end american skimmers. I believe the premium one pays to buy an H&S or a deltec really has to do with the skill and experience of the people who build those skimmers. If I had to do it again, I would definitely still buy the a150.

    For those of you who are shopping for skimmers, give these skimmers a close look. They may cost a little more but ultimately, they are worth the money.

    P.S. The a150 is kicking the crap out of the old ets reef devil I was previously.
    Last edited by scottw; 05-24-2005, 04:25 PM.

  • #2
    RC will block it if its from there site. I went ahead a removed the link as it was not working. If you could please take a pic of yours or ask brian to post one up for you.

    Thanks for your understanding.


    • #3
      oh boy...


      • #4
        Glad it finally got to you , Lets get that skimmer up and running so I can see some pictures.

        Thanks Again,


        • #5
          Sorry for the "jerry rig" installation. I did it during my lunch break.

          As you can see below, I have collected a 1/2" worth of light colored skimmate. Considering that there are only a few snails, a green chromis, a blue damsel and a cleaner shrimp in the tank, it seeems like a lot of skimmate.

          This is by far the best skimmer I've owned. Kicks the crap out of my euro reef, ets, cpr and skilter. I'm also really glad I went this route instead of the beckett skimmer route.
          Last edited by adobo; 05-24-2005, 10:02 PM.


          • #6
            Nice wet skimmate. Make sure you hold your nose when you empty it in a day or two.


            • #7
              You know, I never did understand that "stinky skimmate" thing. I smell skimmate and to me it smells like dirt. Either my sense of smell sucks or you guys are putting funky crap in your tanks.

              I can't say enough about the skimmer though.


              • #8
                Let it go for about 4 to 5 days and then empty, you will then know what I mean. Trust me I have worked in a full line pet shop for the last 12 years, and my sense of smell is greatly impaired, but the skimmate I get from the H&S thank twice about using my bare hand to wipe it out.


                • #9
                  I just got my A150 this evening. Thanks Brian It's all set up; now I just have to get it broken and tuned in.

                  I am looking forward to the results in my tank, but not the stinky skimmate

                  Current Tank: 75g sps restarted with ZEOvit August 2004, Aqua Connect 14K 250W SE MH x 2, SLS HQI ballasts, 54W blueplus T5s x 2, H&S A150 external (recirculating) skimmer, Tunze Stream 6060, 6000 with single controller, Geo Ca reactor, in-sump ZEOvit reactor from Madison, Aquacontroller


                  • #10
                    Ah, foam production

                    Mine is putting out some nice foam, but no nasty sink yet.

                    It fits nicely in my AGA 20 long sump. I really like how the the inputs and output are directly opposite one another; rather than sticking out every which way. The design is very well thought out, and overall quality is high. I think I'm going to be very happy with this skimmer

                    The wedge pipe adjustment works okay. I need to get some fittings for the output, and I think I'm going to pick up a gate valve, as well. It should work fine with the wedge pipe set wide open.

                    What effect does the pinch valve on the venturi hose have?

                    Current Tank: 75g sps restarted with ZEOvit August 2004, Aqua Connect 14K 250W SE MH x 2, SLS HQI ballasts, 54W blueplus T5s x 2, H&S A150 external (recirculating) skimmer, Tunze Stream 6060, 6000 with single controller, Geo Ca reactor, in-sump ZEOvit reactor from Madison, Aquacontroller


                    • #11
                      I don't really know what to do with those pinch valves either. Any help would be appreciated.


                      • #12
                        Pinch valves are control the airflow .
                        No actually the way the pumps are designed is that if you pinch the air off slightly then the airflow will increase. On the A150, you can get an increase of 60-100 lph or air, on the 1260 powered skimmers you can get an increase of up to 300lph by pinching the air valve down.
                        The best way to adjust is by air flow meter, but can be done without one.
                        Open the wedge pipe until the white dots match up. Then slowly turn the pinch valve in and give a few seconds to stabalize. You will see the bubble level rise in the collection cup, Keep pinching until the bubbles start to go back down, then open it back up slighlty. At that point it should be at set at highest airflow.
                        After the airflow is set, the adjust the wedge pipe for wet or dry skimmate, which ever you prefer.