Warner Marine has partnered with Singapore-based Skimz on the upcoming MF-Series protein skimmers being unveiled at Reef-A-Palooza this weekend. For those of you waiting for the Skimz to reach North America, the new Warner Marine MF-Series skimmers are definitely worth checking out. Similar in styling the the Skimz skimmers we’ve been eying for the last few months, the MF-Series will feature the same super small footprint and some other features from Warner Marine.
The main difference with the MF-Series is the use of Warner Marine’s patent-pending VBT bubble ring technology. The VBT features a water drain within the bubble plate helping to reduce turbulance across the edges of the bubble plate in the skimmer body making for more efficient skimming where organics can bond to the bubbles better.
The MF-Series skimmers also incorporated the Eden needlewheel pump with custom made venturi, impeller and volute. Boasting 1,000 lph of air draw at 17 watts of power consumption, the Eden ES5000 pump used on the Warner Marine MF200 is definitely one of the most efficient ones on the market.
One aspect we’re really looking forward to checking out in person is the integrated gate valve into the bottom plate of the skimmer. This not only helps to reduce the footprint of the skimmer, but helps cut down on micro-bubbles since the water exit is at the absolute lowest point. If you’re looking for more automation in your system, the Warner Marine MF-Series also has an optional auto-clean system to keep your skimmer neck free from gunk.
As far as sizing goes, the Warner Marine MF160 has a minute 7.5 x 7.5 in. footprint and the larger, more powerful MF200 carries a 9.25 x 9.25 in. footprint. Both skimmers are around 22.5 in. tall and the addition of the auto-clean system tacks on another 3 in. The skimmer collection cups need about 1/2 in. of clearance utilizing a twist-lock feature.
Expect the MF-Series to be available by the end of the year starting at $329 MSRP. With Warner Marine’s recent distribution deal with Sunlight Supply, Warner Marine’s products are available a lot more easily to stores nationwide.
If you want to see these in person, visit the Sunlight Supply booth at Reef-A-Palooza and tell Jon Reef Builders sent you.