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    Warner Marine | RX150 Review – Breaking In

    Following up from the Initial Impressions Post, here’s the RX150 in action on the glassbox.   The Warner Marine RX150 is as plug and play as they come. The install took no more than 5 minutes and it was skimming away soon after. We feel the vinegar bath helped significantly. The only connections needed were […]

    Following up from the Initial Impressions Post, here’s the RX150 in action on the glassbox.

     RX 2

    The Warner Marine RX150 is as plug and play as they come. The install took no more than 5 minutes and it was skimming away soon after. We feel the vinegar bath helped significantly. The only connections needed were the 1/2″ soft input and 3/4″ PVC output. We had 3/4″ Gray Sch80 Pipe on hand for the output, the 1/2″ vinyl was purchased at Home Depot. Here you can see the plumbing, and feed direct from the overflow.

     RX 3

    This is what the skimmer has pulled out in under 3 days.  I cannot capture it in photos, but the neck is very stable creating a gentle and frothy foam head.

    RX 1 

    We’ve noticed how quickly the RX150 lifts out particulate matter. Detritus and Debris does not tumble around and break into smaller parts within the skimmer body. It will lift out large intact chunks of food, algae, etc. 

     RX Cup

    For less than 3 days after set-up we’re more than happy with the performance. Some skimmers take a week or two before pulling out an ounce.  We hope the performance and quality or skimmate will continue to increase. Progress updates to follow.

     

    7 Comments

    1. cp
      August 31, 2008 at 12:10 PM | Permalink

      Any further impressions made by the WM rx150 skimmer?

    2. September 1, 2008 at 9:47 AM | Permalink

      Hi CP,

      We’ll be posting an update shortly. We’re trying a variety of settings and feeds to see where we can get it running optimally. Once we are done testing the unit, we’ll follow this post up with our results.

    3. WP
      October 6, 2008 at 2:17 PM | Permalink

      Any more updates? I would like to see performance after 3 months. Has it held up? or has performance dropped since initial set up?

    4. WP
      October 6, 2008 at 2:18 PM | Permalink

      It seems as though it may have impressed initially, but not follow through with the initial impression?
      Per your statement:
      “We’re trying a variety of settings and feeds to see where we can get it running optimally. Once we are done testing the unit, we’ll follow this post up with our results.”

      It seems it needs a little bit more tinkering and is not as out of the box as it seemed???

    5. October 6, 2008 at 9:36 PM | Permalink

      Hi WP,

      We have not gotten to test it out with the changes in mind… lately I have been very busy with work. This was the first RX150 in the USA, and my testing is still not complete as Jon sent me another pump to try. I will follow up with an update, just a bit behind right now.

      Take my tinkering comments with a grain of salt. As I test the skimmer I want to try a variety of set ups to see where it performs best. e.g. air restriction, input, feed type, etc.

      Hope that helps.

    6. Jeff Seifert
      December 1, 2008 at 12:50 PM | Permalink

      What are the connection called that you are using with the orange knobs. Where would I be able to purchase something like these. I am using a Euro CS 100. They look clean and easy.

      Thanks
      Jeff

    7. December 2, 2008 at 9:04 AM | Permalink

      Hi Jeff,

      Those are Sch 80 true union ball valves. They can be purchased through plumbing stores or specialty aquarium shops. Mine were purchased locally, but a google for “True Union Ball Valves” pulls up a few online retailers.

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