AquaC Urchin Pro In-Sump Protein Skimmer with Drain Fitting, No Pump

AC3533

This item has been discontinued.

AquaC The revolutionary AquaC protein skimmers do not use venturis, downdraft tubes, or air pumps; they employ the patented "Spray Injection System." This innovation allows the protein skimmer to efficiently draw in much more air than any other of the top protein skimmers. This coupled with the superiorly designed compact reaction chamber yields results that will literally blow the waste out of your water.

How does Spray Injection Work?

In 1998, Jason Kim (owner and founder of AquaC) developed a patented process of protein skimming which has come to be known as Spray Injection. Unlike previous forms of skimming, our spray injection method enables huge amounts of air and water to be processed with a relatively small pump. Although it is a simple process, there is still some confusion as to how the spray injector works.

Imagine that you're washing your car – you've got a bucket full of soapy water and a garden hose with a fast-moving stream of water. By placing your thumb over the end of the hose, you can disrupt the stream into a turbulent, high –pressure spray. Now direct that spray down into the bucket of water, and you'll generate a massive amount of bubbles and air flow. That is exactly how our spray injector works.

The skimmer body acts as a water reservoir – the bucket in the example above. Water is pumped through the spray injector, which has a special nozzle that fans the water out into a pressurized spray. This spray shoots into the skimmer body, generating millions of tiny air bubbles. As the bubbles are formed, more air is sucked into the skimmer as a result of the local drop in pressure and the process continues.

Most other forms of protein skimming rely on special valves or media to generate the air flow, and these parts quickly become clogged with salt, dust, or even mineral deposits. The AquaC spray injector is a relatively large nozzle that resists clogging, and when combined with a pump prefilter, can be considered maintenance free.

The Urchin Pro is the sump version of the Remora Pro. These two skimmers share the same internal structure and are identical in terms of performance.

Features:
  • The Urchin Pro is built from translucent gray acrylic to inhibit the growth of algae and marine organisms.
  • The skimmer can be ordered with a collection drain fitting (optional).
  • The pump is attached to the skimmer via a section of flexible hose. The pump can be moved into any position you choose.
  • The collection cup is removed from the skimmer by pulling it up and out of the body. Please check that you have the required 26-1/2" of vertical clearance under you stand if you are considering the Urchin Pro.
Specifications:
  • Tank Size (Gallons): 50-120
  • Dimensions: 22" tall x 7-1/2" wide x 3-1/4" deep
  • 8-1/4" x 7-1/2" footprint (pump included)
  • Minimum vertical clearance is 26-1/2"
  • Water level exit height is 15"
  • Includes nylon cleaning brush

Manufacturer Info

AquaC Aquarium Supplies
AquaC was founded in 1998 as a small one-man operation in San Diego, California. The company has since grown to become one of the leading protein skimmer manufacturers in the United States and sells thousands of units globally every year. AquaC`s 5,000 square foot production facility in San Diego sets the standard in technology for acrylic fabrication. They use precision CNC machined parts and advanced thermoforming techniques to build products of unmatched quality and value. The company`s focus has remained the same after more than a decade in business: to provide high-quality products and top-notch customer service to customers with each and every transaction.


Warranty

Manufacturers Warranty: 90 days from date of purchase

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my tanks not running yet just getting everything to start. The instructions arn't very clear and the hose that connect to the pump is to long,but im extremely exited to get it going to see how it will work.
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Great Skimmer

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Sits nicely in my sump, quiet, works great. It took a couple of weeks to start making proper bubbles, but it was worth the wait. Caution: while getting established, the collection cup will fill up quickly with very watery stuff. Make sure this can overflow back into the sump to avoid a flood unti...Read More
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Urchin Skimmer

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Very well-made and well-performing little skimmer. Appropriate for my system because due to large surge tanks, the water level in the sump varies by 6 or more inches every few minutes. This variability does not appear to affect the skimmer at all.
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Great Product!

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After reading about this skimmers all the good reviews I decided to give it a try. I'va had it now for 1.5 years and it has worked perfectly in my 75 gallon tank. I changed the pump to a mag drive 500 gph to use the rio pump for something else and the mag drive gave it a hell of a boost. It takes ...Read More
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Skimmer with mag pump

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I have had my Aqua C Urchin skimmer for about a month now and it is working well. The complaints about the drain fitting interfering with adjustments are accurate. The skimmer does produce good foam but it took me several try�s to get the collection cup at just the right height before getting the �d...Read More
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Too much skimmage

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I had this skimmer for two month now and had only problems with it. The overflow tube goes into a 3 Gallon bucket which I thought would be more then sufficient, but I was wrong. One night it overflowed the bucket and ran my pumps/sump dry. I gave it the benefit of the doubt but even three weeks late...Read More
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not sure what to think

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I've had this skimmer working for almost 6 months now. I can't say I am super impressed. This sucker produces a LOT of wet skimmate, which I can't say I like. The sweet spot for dry foam re: rubber band placement is right where the drain outlet is. Annoying. I get the most gunk buildup inside t...Read More
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