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Product Comparison Table: Protein Skimmers
**Before reviewing the individual protein skimmers, I’d like to talk to you about how you can effectively choose one for your current setup.
Otherwise, if you’re just here to get a detailed breakdown, you can jump to the review section by clicking here.
How to Choose the Best Protein Skimmer
Skimmer pumps work by producing tiny air bubbles which proteins and waste will attach themselves to. They then rise up and spill into the collection cup.
It’s an important job, so let’s take a look at what you need to consider.
The most vital part of a protein skimmer.
Because that’s what produces the waste carrying bubbles.
The best protein skimmers often include a needle wheel impeller – which will chop incoming air into even smaller bubbles.
The better impellers will produce a lot of tiny bubbles. Smaller bubbles increases the surface area – removing more waste.
High-quality pumps will last longer, run quieter, and transfer less heat into your aquarium.
The Reaction Chamber
This where all the action happens:
The bigger the reaction chamber, the larger volume of bubbles it can produce. Attracting more proteins and increase the contact time.
Resulting in more waste removed.
The Shape of The Skimmer Body
One you definitely don’t want to overlook.
A smooth path from the body to the collection cup is what allows the bubbles to easily rise and fall into the cup for easy removal.
The most efficient shapes are:
Look for a protein skimmer with an easy to use outlet adjustment.
It’s helpful because it’s likely you’ll want to adjust the water level inside your skimmer.
You’ll be able to fine-tune your skimmer for a steady skimmate produce and avoid overflows.
Bubble Plate, Silencer, and Drain
Going with a well-known brand is always a good idea, especially if you’re not the most tech savvy hobbyist.
You may find you need technical or warranty support at some point.
An established company with a good customer support team who will help you during setup, or if something goes wrong really adds value.
AquaMaxx, Reef Octopus, Vertex, and Tunze are currently some of the best to date.
Best Protein Skimmers Reviewed
Now you’ve got a better understanding on how to choose a quality protein skimmer that’s right for your setup, you can use the following product reviews to decide which one is best for you.
1. Tunze USA 9410.000 DOC
With a flow rate of 237 gallons per hour – it’s recommended for saltwater aquariums up to 265 gallons (fish only) or 80 gallons (heavily stocked SPS).
While most protein skimmers have a dedicated air silencer to quiet their air intake, Tunze uses different approach:
They’ve built their silencing feature between the cup and body. Making it very quiet and moistening the air intake.
Because the needle wheel pump only draws in humid air, it helps to prevent it from clogging. You don’t have to spend as much time cleaning the air intake.
The Tunze Hydrofoamer combines high performance and low power consumption (15 watts).
Creating millions of tiny air bubbles with a diameter between 0.1 and 0.3mm. This helps to ensure quiet and efficient skimming.
Cleaning is simple, you get an easy to use ‘feed’ button, which pauses the pump for ten minutes. This is more than enough time to clean the easily removable skimmer cup.
A self-leveling feature means you don’t have to adjust the water level with a riser or wedge pipe. The only adjustment made is with the controller, and it’s not very hard.
2. Bubble Magus BM-Curve 5
3. Reef Octopus Classic 150 Space Saver NWB150SSS
4. NYOS Quantum 160
5. AquaMaxx HOB 1
Still Deciding? Benefits of a Quality Protein Skimmer
It will improve the health of your aquarium and lengthen the time between water changes. Let’s check out a few reasons why:
Avoid Disease-causing Organisms
Clean & Clear Water
Removing these dissolved and micro organic matter will improve the transparency of your aquariums water.
Improve Coral Growth
Bad organics in your aquarium will absorb some of the light waves your coral need to help maintain a healthy growth rate. Removing them can make it easier for light to penetrate the water and reach the corals.
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