The Bubble Magus Z5 & Z6 are a pair of new protein skimmers from the Chinese company which look like toys, but in the most playful and useful manner possible. Everything but the base of the Bubble Magus Z skimmers is made from lightweight molded plastic but they’ve used this as an opportunity to create a radically different form factor for the entire device.
The typical round conical body is now rectangular at the base, but triangular overall. The waste collecting is done by a matching triangular cup with a nifty handle for easy servicing. A built-in air silencer and diffuser plate will ensure quiet operation and low turbulence for good skimming performance.
The Bubble Magus Z5 and Z6 are the same size, 19 inches tall and have a tiny footprint of 6 x 4 inches thanks to that playful ‘belt’ connected water height valve. The main difference is the size of the pump with the Bubble Magus Z5 using a 13 watt SP-1000 and the Z6 using an 18 watt SP-1500. At $110 for the BM Z5 and $130 for the Z6 both of these skimmers should be more than adequate for heavily stocked 50 gallon tanks and should skim enough for up to a lightly stocked 100 gallon saltwater aquarium.