How often do you get the opportunity to read a product review from the time the product is delivered to the consumer, through set up, and into an extended period of use? My good friend at Eshopps has sent me one of the newer S-120 Economy Cone Skimmers just for that very purpose so that I am able to pass along this information to you all. Don't let the word "economy" in the product name give you cause for pause. It's been my experience that Eshopps products, though available at prices we all can afford, perform (and in some instances out-perform) as well as their higher priced competitors in the same product brackets. My idea's for this article were a little different in the beginning. I wanted to have two identical systems totaling 70 gallons each and compete the Eshopps cone against another skimmer of equal or greater reputation. Not one of the other manufacturers I contacted were willing to donate a skimmer and after a while in the writing side of the hobby I've learned very little good comes from product comparing articles. This way is far better as you will see the item from packing through use on an actual reef system. All of the "good" and none of the bad will be left out of the writing. Let's get to it. These cone skimmers from Eshopps come in 3 sizes with the largest rated for aquariums with up to 200 gallons in water volume. S-120---Sicce SK-200---40-120 gallons S-150---Sicce PSK-600---Up to 150 gallons S-200---Sicce PSK-1000---150-200 gallons As I stated, I'll be reviewing the S-120. Features Sicce SK-200 pump made in Italy. Needle wheel impeller Twist lock on the neck Bubble plate Dimensions Diameter: 5" Height: 17" Footprint: 7"X6" I've always been lucky when it come to good handlers and packaging of the products I've ordered. The boxes still resemble boxes when I get them and the contents are safe. This one is extremely well packed. Tight in the box with heavy foam rubber packing materials cut to fit 3 points of the skimmer body and the inside dimensions of the box. Cubes of the same packing material complete the task of securing the skimmer while in transit. One of the best changes Eshopps has made is dropping the cheap pumps made in China and adding the higher quality pumps made by Sicce. The Italian company is well known for quality, durability and energy conservation. The S-120 is driven by a Sicce PSK-200. These pumps are designed specifically for use in protein skimmers and variances of the Sicce PSK's can be found in competing brands skimmers like the Reef Octo Extreme 200 and Bubble Magnus BM-200PN just to name a couple. Since the pump is the heart of any great skimmer this was a very good move in my opinion. It comes packed tightly in it's own box which is then held firmly in a compartment of the skimmer product packaging with more of the foam cubes. Detail of the sticker on pump I really like the look and feel of the skimmer right out of the box. The acrylic work is up to Eshopps standards of quality that I'm familiar with. I'm looking forward to getting it set up on my new project. Right out of the box I see two cons with this skimmer. The instruction manual that comes with it is great and is very detailed on setting up and answering some basic trouble shooting questions. However it is apparent that English is not the first language of the writer and editor of the two pages of instructions and they can be a little confusing and hard to understand. The biggest issue with this skimmer is the lack of a drain on the collection cup. The cup itself is big and looks like it will hold a liter at least but I'm lazy and I don't want to be down in my stand every other day dumping a cup. I'd rather have a hose draining effluent from the cup to an old milk jug.