An Introduction to Protein Skimming

A protein skimmer is a device designed to clean the water in a reef aquarium by removing dissolved organic compounds. Put even more simply, it is a controlled overflow of dirty water. Imagine a chamber that vigorously mixes air and…

Titanium mesh impellers coming to Macro Aqua protein skimmers

Macro Aqua is a Chinese aquarium equipment manufacturer better known for their diverse oscillating powerheads, and they grabbed the spotlight this week for their new and innovative Flow Swing attachment. Now Macro Aqua has revealed that they have developed a…

A trip down memory lane of needle wheel impellers

Of all the specialized equipment we use on our reef tanks, we dare say none are as aquarium-specific as the needle wheel impellers that drive most of our protein skimmers. The design of the needle wheel impeller has been through…

Protein Skimmers infographic by Marine Depot breaks down foam fractionation

The protein skimmer is the heart of most marine aquariums, fish-only and reef-centric, yet we hardly give this refined piece of aquarium equipment the fundamental consideration it deserves. For every outline of basic protein skimmer function there are hundreds of…

DC Mini Red Dragon 5000 gets a needle wheel makeover for protein skimmer duty

With the redesign of the Red Dragon III line of high performance pumps from Royal Exclusiv it was inevitable that there would be a protein skimmer model in the mix. The DC Red Dragon Mini 5000 and its variable speed…

Mach 1 and Mach 2 skimmers are the Orca-powered new needle wheels from Precision Marine

The Mach Protein Skimmers are a new line of high performance needle wheel fractionators from the fine acrylicsmiths at Precision Marine. Like the Orca Pro series from My Reef Creation, the Mach Skimmers will utilize the high capacity Orca needle…

Gridwheel added to new ATI PowerCone

ATI is sporting a new gridwheel design to its new ATI Power Cone protein skimmer we touched on recently. Dubbed the Gitterrad, this gridwheel is one of the handful of new designs to the Sicce PSK 2500 pump helping to…

Airstar Pro is the newest pump for ATB medium cone skimmers

The Airstar Pro from ATB is the newest motor on the block which has yet to be formally announced by it’s maker. We just spied these images of the Airstar Pro which were posted in teh Zeewater forum. The image…

Commercial scale My Reef Creation skimmer gets fired up

Remember that ginormous My Reef Creation skimmer we posted back in May that made our own Jake Adams look small? The MRC team posted a video today of the beast in action. Not sure of the overall stats for this…

Bubble Blaster Pump: HY-3000 w/ needle wheel impeller

The Bubble Blaster pump for the Super Reef Octopus is a beefy needle wheel powered air injecting machine. Rated at 1200-1500 lph of air while using only 40 watts, the Bubble Blaster has a motor block similar to a laguna…