Protein Skimmers from Reef Octopus, Bubble Magus, Tunze and more
A high quality protein skimmer can make one of the biggest impacts
to your saltwater aquarium's water quality and the overall health of
your fish and coral. Aquarium protein skimmers come in a wide range sizes from
small to huge, of varying styles from external, in-sump, and
hang-on models. As well as designs including beckett injection,
downdraft, needlewheel, and venturi driven. All these choices can make
picking the best protein skimmer for your reef or fish only saltwater aquarium a daunting task. Pinwheel or also called needlewheel protein skimmers have become the dominate type in today's hobby and most of what we offer. This is largely due to the many benefits of this design including low power consumption, decreased noise, and increased efficiency of these protein skimmers. With this design, the fins you would find on a standard water pump impeller, have been replaced with multiple small pins mounted to the magnet. This is refered to as a needlewheel or pinwheel impeller. Also on the intake of the skimmer pump a venturi is mounted. A vacuum is created as water is pulled in and it pulls air into the pump as well. This air and water mixture is in the form of "large" bubbles which are then finely chopped into large volumes of tiny bubbles by the needleweel and then the mixture is pumped into the protein skimmer's body and rises thru the column.
We carry protein skimmers from companies that we feel work well, are willing to recommend
to our customers, and use on our personal aquariums. When comparing you will find a wide range of models in both terms of price and performance.
If you have any questions, need help picking
a protein skimmer for your fish only or reef saltwater aquarium, or
are looking for one not listed below, drop us an email.