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    New Octopus HOB Skimmers Coming with Bubble Blaster Pumps

    Coral Vue / Octopus is working on two new hang on (HOB) skimmers that utilize their askoll like bubble blaster pump. The larger LX-2000 model shown above features the bubble blaster pump mounted externally. This design does add back pressure to the pump, reducing air intake–but over the past few years HOB skimmers have not […]

    Octopus HOB skimmer bubble blaster

    Coral Vue / Octopus is working on two new hang on (HOB) skimmers that utilize their askoll like bubble blaster pump. The larger LX-2000 model shown above features the bubble blaster pump mounted externally. This design does add back pressure to the pump, reducing air intake–but over the past few years HOB skimmers have not necessarily been in need of more air. If this skimmer comes anywhere close to the 85 scfh that the bubble blaster pulls on in-sump models… it may even be too much.

    Octopus Skimmer LX-1000

    The smaller LX-1000 Skimmer places the bubble blaster internally. This is most likely a detuned pump for reduced air intake, but we wouldn’t mind seeing a smaller pump model made. Note the significantly smaller neck and CPR style collection cup.

    In both cases we’re curious to see what has been done to the pump and what type of electrical consumption and power factor their seeing.

    6 Comments

    1. November 30, 2009 at 11:03 AM | Permalink

      These skimmers look promising – especially if they’re small enough to be used for nano reef applications.

    2. November 30, 2009 at 12:56 PM | Permalink

      They look powerful and noisy.

    3. Wil rushmer
      November 30, 2009 at 11:24 PM | Permalink

      Power factor is useless unless used in an industrial application. High or low power factor still results in the same watts being used, we get charged on how many watts we use.

    4. December 1, 2009 at 6:40 AM | Permalink

      @Will–Correct you are only charged by your utility company what you are pulling from the wall. However, you’re also charged when a pump melts…

    5. Wil rushmer
      December 1, 2009 at 8:46 AM | Permalink

      I’m an industrial electrician, I mainly deal with motors and power factor correction, which is done by adding reactive load (cap banks). A pump or motor is no more likely to melt with a low pf then a high pf. As a hobbyist and a professional electrician I’d love to see some data backing up the melting pump due to pf claim. Manufacturers using pf a selling point in this hobby is purely a marketing gimic and nothing more.

    6. October 7, 2010 at 6:45 PM | Permalink

      They are creepy…

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