It’s been a hot minute since we’ve seen some nice new protein skimmer designs from Deltec but now the wait is finally over. The brand has kept a pretty low profile over the last few years following the tepid response to their SC line of skimmers since they featured very few innovations and a fairly high price tag.
Nevertheless Deltec is back with some new protein skimmers which finally deliver some design improvements, higher performance, and finally some controllable DC pumps. The new crop of consumer size protein skimmers includes the 600i, 600ix, 1000i, 1000ix and a beefy 1500ix which still carry that signature deltec white acrylic construction, but now have a much improved outflow design through the base plate.
This new approach to water flow management offers the Deltec I and IX skimmers much better contact time between the air/water mixture without increasing the overall height of the skimmers. But the biggest new change of the I and IX skimmers by Deltec is the addition of a new safety features that will prevent overflow of the skimmate with a built-in ‘release’ pipe to maintain optimal height in the skimmer body.
- Deltec Skimmer 600i 11 watts/DC Controllable/500 lph air 299 € ($366)
- Deltec Skimmer 600ix 11 watts/DC /500 lph air 299 € ($366)
- Deltec Skimmer 1000i 13 watts/DC Controllable/650 lph air 349 € ($427)
- Deltec Skimmer 1000ix 11 watts/DC /600 lph air 349 € ($427)
- Deltec Skimmer 1500i 13 watts/DC Controllable/1000 lph air 479 € ($587)
A breakdown of Deltec’s new single-pump protein skimmer models is listed above, with all larger models with more than one pump sticking with the SC style design for the foreseeable future. We briefly got to see one of these new skimmers at ReefStock and we can assure you that these are a much improved and even dare I say it, beautiful, new protein skimmers from Deltec and we look forward to learning more about them very soon.