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AquaMaxx ConeS Q-Series In-Sump Protein Skimmer

AquaMaxx ConeS Q-Series In-Sump Protein Skimmer

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AquaMaxx ConeS Q-Series In-Sump Protein Skimmer Information

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AquaMaxx has launched the brand new Q series of ConeS Protein Skimmers!

Q series protein skimmers easily fit in most space-limited installations and supply powerful filtration. Newly designed hybrid-cone body stabilizes and concentrates the organic rich foam as it rises! Micro-adjustable valve provides precise control, and allows cleaned water to exit the skimmer chamber at its base where it is less bubble.

AquaMaxx has a dedicated R&D team with more than 10 years experience designing high-performance, high-quality yet affordable protein skimmers. Moreover, AquaMaxx skimmers are engineered with computer-precision and are outfitted with the latest filtration innovations.

The new ConeS Q-Series protein skimmers are made with new and efficient bubble chambers similar to ones found on our popular ConeS CO-Series. The bubble plate in conjunction with the custom diffusers are designed to efficiently mix air and water. More importantly, random twirling and turbulent flow is eliminated. A stable laminar flow is created inside the skimmer`s reaction chamber and maximizes the efficiency of the skimmer like no other design!

AquaMaxx ConeS Skimmers feature custom Italian-made Sicce pumps with special needle wheel impellers to whip up large amounts of air with optimum bubble size. These pump and protein skimmer combinations deliver unprecedented performance and reliability. Aquarium waste will be vigorously removed from your tank so you can focus less on maintenance and more on enjoying your piece of the reef.

AquaMaxx Cone-Series Protein Skimmers are designed from the ground up with the hobbyist in mind. A built-in air intake silencer reduces noise for near-silent operation. The hybrid-cone design maximizes the size of the reaction chamber and to allow the skimmate to smoothly rise into the collection cup. The advanced Bubble Chamber decreases turbulence and produced a stable laminar flow: which improves bubble transition and boosts skimmer performance.

  • Modified Italian-Made Sicce needle-wheel pump produces optimum bubble size for high-efficiency protein skimming
  • Cone body extends through the collection cup to easy bubble transition and maximize skimmer efficiency
  • Efficient, durable and reliable
  • Simple to set up and operate
  • Cell-cast acrylic construction
  • ShockMaxx rubber feet isolate noise and reduce vibration
  • New outlet design minimizes footprint, reduces skimmer height and allows for fine-tuning
  • Exclusive collection cup design with a handle that allows you to easy hold and transport the collection cup for cleaning
  • Filtration Rating: up to 250 Gallons (light bioload) or 130 Gallons (heavy bioload)
  • Footprint: 6.7" x 9.5"
  • Pump: SHARK 2.0
  • Pump power consumption: 22 Watts
  • Chamber Diameter: 6"
  • Height: 19.3"
  • Recommended Water Level: 8"
Model Item # Tank Size Height FootPrint Pump Chamber
ConeS Q-2 UJ00157 130-250 19.3" 6.7" x 9.5” Shark 2.0 6"
ConeS Q-3 UJ00158 240-420 19.7" 8.7" x 11.5" Shark 3.0 8"
ConeS Q-5 UJ45169 300-550 19.7" 10.7" x 13.4" Shark 6.0 10"

All AquaMaxx products are backed by MarineDepot.com’s 60-day return policy and carry one-year manufacturer warranties. Each skimmer will include detailed instructions and diagrams to help hobbyists get up and running immediately.

Manufacturer Info

AquaMaxx is a Southern California-based aquarium supply company that entered the market in mid-2008 with a line of affordable metal halide bulbs. The brand quickly gained recognition as word spread about the high quality and low cost of their lamps. In 2009, AquaMaxx released a line of aquarium filter socks and, in early 2010, unveiled an assortment of high-performance protein skimmer accessories and upgrades.

AquaMaxx ConeS Q-Series In-Sump Protein Skimmer Reviews

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parts missing

Reviewers Rating Below Average

Posted: 11/5/2015 from LONGMONT, CO UNITED STATES
2.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: My third aquamaxx skimmer. This one was missing parts. (The rubber feet.) The design was a bit odd, and the yellow hose falls off often. I put a clamp on it and made some rubber feet. Generally, these skimmers begin to leak electricity after about two years. They do pull out gack pretty well. I bought it because the price was reasonable and Marine depot has been good with shipping replacement parts in the past.

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Works great after break in

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 10/2/2015 from Raleigh, NC
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: We replaced a reef octopus with the Q2 on a 120 gallon system and its been running for a month now and is doing a great job. Break in was a bit of a pain, we didn't soak in vinegar, but after about 1 week it was working perfectly. Definitely worth the money - its dead silent and pulls out plenty of gunk.

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Clear water!

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 8/26/2015 from FULLERTON, CA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I have had the skimmer for 3 weeks now. I use it for my 250 gallon tank with 25 semi large fish and soft coral. It was very easy to set up. I replaced a bubble magnus with this Aquamaxx skimmer. The Aquamaxx skimmer produces so much more bubbles and skims out more gunk than the bubble magnus ever did. what is also a happy surprise is that I don't have to change my filter socks as much either. I was changing them every 3 weeks but by the appearance of the socks, they look like they don't need to be changed for another 2-3 weeks. I'm guessing because the skimmer is getting out so much of the gunk, the filter socks don't have to work so hard. I also have 2 aquamaxx media reactors. It think all of their stuff has a very clean look and all work very well.

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So far, so good

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 8/17/2015 from East Troy, WI UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: This is my second AquaMaxx skimmer. Once again I am very satisfied. Upon implementing it into my system, it immediately overflowed, but that was due to my system being in the middle of a water treatment for red slime. These skimmers are very sensitive. Once I did a 20% water change and let the skimmer break in, its been smooth sailing. Started producing green tea colored skimmate withing a few hours. The skimmer runs quiet and produces tons of bubbles. I'm very happy with this purchase and would recommend it if asked.

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Aquamaxx Cone S Q3 Review

Reviewers Rating Great

Posted: 7/15/2015 from BREA, CA UNITED STATES
4.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: After getting off to a somewhat rocky start, this skimmer is producing very well for the short period of time it has been running. The initial skimmer had two issues that had to be resolved - a bubble plate that would blow off due to lack of resistance where it attaches to the pump and the acrylic weld where the body of the skimmer tapers was leaking. Marine Depot immediately took care of the issues and now the skimmer is running very smoothly. I had 1/4 inch of skimmate within 36 hours and now, after running for one week, I have over an inch of very dark skimmate. Absent the issues that had to dealt with in the beginning, I am please with this skimmer and it is performing quite well.**MARINE DEPOT COMMENT: ALL INVENTORY HAS BEEN CHECKED AND ITEMS WITH THIS DEFECT REMOVED FROM INVENTORY. CONFIRMED WITH MANUFACTURER THAT THIS ISSUE HAS BEEN RESOLVED WITH ALL ORDERS MOVING FORWARD.**

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Excellent Skimmer

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 6/26/2015 from FIRESTONE, CO UNITED STATES
4.5 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I have had this running on my 90 gallon reef tank for about 2 weeks now. 7 1/2 inches I think is the perfect depth for this skimmer. It has run very quiet and pulls out twice the amount of gunk that my Vertex skimmer did. Very happy with the purchase so far. I will review this again in a few months after it has completely broken in.

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Hobby Grade Skimmer

Reviewers Rating Great

Posted: 6/24/2015 from PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL UNITED ST
3.5 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: The skimmer worked right out of the box for me. I did clean it in a vinegar bath for 12 hours prior to use. This def speed up break in. I started it in 6 1/4 inches of water, skimmed ok, then dropped it an inch to 7 and its working good now. My first cup was really smelly. That tells me it works well. The build is decent to average I would say. Clean looking but not super tough. The pump is awesome. I run sicci on my returns on two tanks. I trust them. Overall I am only 5 days in and I am satisfied with the performance so far. In 6 months this thing should be killing it. The cup is small. I wish it was bigger. I am concerned about the bubble plate popping off in the future. Seen it happen already on another hobbiest tank. Hope it doesn't on mine.

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Pretty good

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 6/9/2015 from PASADENA, CA UNITED STATES
4.5 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: Picked this skimmer up last week. As far as the hum from the pump goes it is about as silent as my EHEIM 1260 return, but the bubbles are quite loud and theres a loud gurgle sound once every 2 seconds or so from what sounds like some extra air being sucked into the skimmer. Took a few days to break in but its pulling out a LOT of skimmate now, after 4 days the cup is half full and completely black. Time will tell how this skimmer performs but so far it's great!

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