Eshopps 2nd Generation Refugium R-100
Exactly what I needed
I purchased the 200 for my 90 gal. drilled tank. It fit underneath with room for some storage. It was easy to install although the hose was put further into the mesh sock. Skimmer fits well, as does the pump. There is a good amount of space in the middle area for sand, live rock, and algae. I have not had the sides bow. This was so much easier than making my own.
March 23, 2014
Refugium 2nd G
Although I received my first order and the glass cracked, it was by all means not drsfostersmith's fault as I know the package handler aren't the best. I immediately contacted customer service and they immediately shipped me a new box the very next DAY!!!! Now that is what I called great customer service. The product itself it very nice if you built a system to adapt with the refugium. My setup was completely different but I just adapt with what i got. Everything else is great, water flows smooth, plenty of rooms.
October 13, 2013
I like it!
I've had the R100 for my 65g for about a year now. It's held up quite well and has enough room for my reactor, skimmer and some live rock.
I too found it to be pretty noisy, UNTIL I extended the inlet line almost to the bottom of the filter sock. This cut the noise down dramatically. Some sort of enclosure around the inlet would be a nice improvement though Eshopps. The sock really doesn't do much for sound reduction compared to just getting the line under water. I have good flow throughout the sump and no bubbles entering the tank. I have 2 Fluval E Series heaters (which are also very reliable and easy to set/ check) that are sensitive to poor flow, but they haven't signaled any 'Low Flow' alerts yet.
I don't have any noticeable bowing as mentioned in another review.
When I upgrade I will definitely get another one of these.
March 5, 2013
Roomy but lightly made
This product gets the job done. Plenty of room for all filtration components. Noise due to intake hose too far from water line/sock. However the intake hose bracket can be hung anywhere in the fist compartment. 1/16 inch material is to thin for my liking but it holds water. The sides bow out about a 1/4 inch when filled. Sad this unit didn't come with a lid.
August 30, 2012