DC pumps are the future of skimmers, and nearly every single new (consumer grade) protein skimmer that has been released in the past couple of months is re-affirming just that. These new Skimz Monzter VSC Series DC skimmers are special however considering that these are probably the smallest skimmers using DC pumps we’ve seen to date.
It also seems that Skimz has taken a clue from CAD with a semi-pipeless design. We say semi-pipeless considering that it does have a valve to control the flow rather than the truly single body design of pipeless CAD skimmers, but that doesn’t change the fact that the footprint is tiny. The smallest model has a footprint of a mere 188 x 188mm (7.4 by 7.4 inches) which in itself is impressive, but with a DC pump is bordering on futuristic.
The Skimz Monzter VSC Series DC skimmers will come in three models: the Skimz SM163, the Skimz SM203, and the Skimz SM253. Respectively each model will come with a DC3000, DC5000, and DC10000, and will draw 900, 1800, and 2400 liters per hour of air. The foot print of each model is 188 by 188mm, 234mm by 234mm (9.2 by 9.2 inches), and 289mm by 289mm (11.4 by 11.4 inches) receptively. Each skimmer can be adjusted using what Skimz calls a Micro-Adjustable Valve, which represents a floodgate (although obviously with reverse waterflow). Basically turning the valve adjusts the height of the barrier to the intake increasing or decreasing flow into the skimmer body. When these skimmers will become available is currently not known, but this is a great example of how DC pumps are becoming more and more “mainstream”, they are simply no longer exclusive to large premium skimmers.