The Pipeless protein skimmer from CAD Lights is a new design which significantly reduces the needed footprint inside a sump. When CAD Lights first told us of their pipeless protein skimmer, we had trouble imagining a protein skimmer with no pipes, since it seems like it’s something of a must-have. Ball valves, gate valves, outflows and wedge pipes all seem synonymous with the proper function and design of a proper protein skimmer so how could CAD Lights build a pipeless protein skimmer?
As soon as we laid our eyes on the CAD Lights Pipeless protein skimmer it clicked – the skimmer body is the wedge pipe and adjustment all in one. With a simple twist of the protein skimmer body, you can adjust the height of the water level inside the pipeless skimmer, and voila – no pipes. The CAD Lights pipeless skimmers is aptly codenamed the PLS-100, slated for production in just one size for now, with pricing and availability probably still about a month away.
The PLS-100 pipeless skimmer uses a TIA 1150 pump, same as the one used in the CAD Lights cone skimmer where it pushes 375 gallons per hour and draws 315 liter of air per hour, and probably runs similarly in the pipeless skimmer. The overall footprint of the PLS-100 is about five by five inches and only 18 inches tall. CAD Lights expects their pipeless PLS-100 protein skimmer to be suitable for tanks between 40 to 80 gallons which seems appropriate for the stature of the device. It’s not everyday you see something completely novel but CAD Lights has certainly pulled out an original design with the PLS-100, a protein skimmer with no pipes.
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