AquaC Urchin Pro Protein Skimmer With Rio 1400

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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


Rio 1400 Specifications:
  • Flow Rate: 420gph
  • Dimensions: 3.9" x 2.5" x 3.25"
  • Outlet: 3/4" I.D. Hose
  • Power: 27 Watts


Product Manuals & Documentation

AquaC Urchin Pro Protein Skimmer With Rio 1400

Owner's Manual available for download in Adobe PDF file format

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 (Skimmer): 90 days from date of purchase

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“good skimmer”
4.0

i have found it works best with the mag 3 pump. just make sure you put a ball valve in there. then you can dial it in perfect. if you don't it will wet skim like crazy, but when dialed in you can get some real stink.

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“Great Product, Easy Setup”
5.0

I've only owned one other protien skimmer so I don't have much to compare to, but from what little I can tell this thing is great! Super easy setup and easily adjustable. The fact that the water level in your sump doesn't effect the performance is great as well. My only complaint is that' it's a ...Read More

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“AquaC Urchin Pro In-Sump Prote”
5.0

This skimmer is simple and its WORKS !!!! It makes a little noise but like i said its simple and works, tanks up to 75 GAL.

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“Outstanding Skimmer”
5.0

It replaced a Red Sea Prism which required frequent adjustments and attention. The Urchin is super quiet and makes lots of foam. I like the in-sump placement as it avoids flooding if the collection cup overflows. I am still in the break in period where I am getting wet skimmate, but I hope to event...Read More

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“Works Like a Charm”
5.0

I'm setting up a new reef tank, my first, and after reading the reviews I purchased this unit. Simple enough to install in my sump. Because of my sump configuration I did have to put on a different intake tube, but that is a minor item. Turned the unit on and it is making foam, although I don't ha...Read More

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“Fine so far”
4.0

Just upgraded from a SeaClone100. Happy so far. Only downside: The air injection noise is a bit louder than I prefer.

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“Fast Action!”
5.0

I am so pleased with the Urchin Pro. It set up easily in my sump. The footprint is an excellent size with the height of the tower being a plus. I didn't expect it to do a lot of skimming for a couple of days, allowing for a break-in period, but within the first hour it was already throwing gunky...Read More

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