The ASM Cone Skimmer series is a new line of fractionators from All Seas Marine that jumps on the tail end of the cone skimmer bandwagon. Not that we’re saying that cone skimmers are a fad, we enjoy several on our aquariums but when you release a protein skimmer product that looks literally like a dozen others save for the logo on the lid, well then it just seems like bandwagony private labeling.
What made the ASM G series protein skimmers one of the most dominant brands in the 2000s was its use of cost effective materials, the brand name pump and more distribution than you can shake a stick at. The new ASM Cone Skimmers is made of acrylic and it uses Sedra pumps, not the hobby favorite Sicce PSK, yet it completely departs from the pricing we grew to love in the ASM G series.
Premium Aquatics lists three Sedra powered ASM Cone Skimmer models that range in capability from 150 to 500 gallons with a price that starts at $375 for the ASM GC-3 up to $795 for the ASM GC-15. For that kind of coin the ASM Cone skimmer series really starts to pale in value compared to the Warner Marine skimmers, Vertex in-sump skimmers, SWC Cone skimmers and we’d much rather spend nine benjamins on the Avast Marine Black Pearl CS2 with auto neck cleaner, waste collector and shut off.