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Innovative Marine AUQA Gadget Ghost Protein Skimmer

Innovative Marine AUQA Gadget Ghost Protein Skimmer

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Unseen. Unheard. Unrivaled Performance - SkimMate Ghost – Protein Skimmer

Drop in, ready to skim. Completely re-engineered to push the limits of All-In-One skimmers, the SkimMate Ghost Series is packed with a plethora of performance driving features that propels organics out of your aquarium water. These user-friendly, recirculating protein skimmers are equipped with bubble plates, integrated air silencers, and needle wheel impellers, all housed in a pearl white body that embodies a fresh modern look on its’ exterior and an array of performance features on its’ interior.

  • Recirculating Design – Passively recirculates bubbles for maximum dwell time
  • Drop-In Convenience – Preset to optimal water level and eliminates the need for extra accessories.
  • Enlarged Air Silencer Box– integrated into the skimmer’s body for a seamless look while reducing noise.
  • Bubble Plate Diffuser – Reduces turbulence inside skimmer to improve skimmate production
  • Adjustable Air Valve – Provides air intake control
  • Needle Wheel Impeller – Produces dense micro bubbles
  • Cup Drain Elbow – Prevents overflows
  • Airline Management – Keeps airline organized and “kink free”
  • Suspended Pump Design – Reduces vibration by suspension
  • Self-Draining – Eliminate messy maintenance
  • Low Profile Cup Design – Keeps your skimmer hidden from view
  • Dimensions: 3.58” x 2.28” x 9.84”
  • Tank Capacity: 20 gallon
  • Designed For: NUVO Fusion 10 & 20. Nano 16 (2nd Generation)*
  • 110-120V/60HZ
  • 6.5 watts
  • Flow Rate: 158 GPH
    *Please note: the Ghost skimmer will not fit 1st generation Nano 16 aquariums manufactured in 2011 & 2012. Please measure your aquarium to confirm fitment.

Innovative Marine AUQA Gadget Ghost Protein Skimmer Reviews

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Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 11/25/2014 from VANCOUVER, WA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: excellent nano skimmer..I downsized from a 100 gal with sump and reef octopus skimmer . Im using this on a fusion 20 nano tank .No its not noisey .All skimmers make noise .mine started producing skim mate on the second day and micro bubbles went away.This skimmer does its job very well

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its ok

Reviewers Rating Average

Posted: 11/18/2014 from BEAUMONT, TX UNITED STATES
3.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I have the mid size model running in my fusion 40. it does skim, but water level needs to stay at a constant level (auto top off) which i don't have one yet. this seems like a good skimmer, but i think its a little weak for the 40 gallon tank.Looking at the specs after i bought it the desk top and mid size models have the same GPH,with little difference in size.and i am running bio pellets so that's why i think its weak for the 40 tank. I am switching to a HOB that's more popular and rated for 75gallon tanks. As far as micro bubbles in the tank,i didn't have any. and it is a quite skimmer.

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Best skimmer for IM nuvo 16!!!

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 11/5/2014 from Gainesville, GA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I got my IM ghost skimmer desktop size 3 weeks ago and at the beginning was a little hard to find the right settings but once the skimmer finished the breaking in period and i found the perfect settings the skimmer haven't stop pulling dark and nasty gunk!!!The skimmer is also very quit as compared to other desktop size skimmers,even my mp10 is louder than the skimmer! I'm very happy with it.

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Pretty good so far

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 9/26/2014 from GRANADA HILLS, CA UNITED STATE
4.5 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: Hard to a review on this as it is through it's "cycling" phase. I got some gunk a few days in between. I have mine raised a bit in my Fusion 30L. I put mine in the second chamber from the back and I have my water level a bit higher so I taped this up with good tape and is holding nicely. The only thing that bugs me is the o-ring that the collection cup sits on. If you slide it up and down if the bands are not the same dimensions and flat all the way around, then some bubbles creep out. It does indeed produce micro bubbles but is not that noticeable. It is good so far.

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Better Than Previous Model!!

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 7/20/2014 from HUBBARDSTON, MA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: I was sort of skeptical about purchasing the Ghost Skimmer since I had Innovative Marine's previous Model SkimMate Skimmer which is an absolute nightmare of a Skimmer. (Micro Bubbles,Overflows) I purchased,shipped out super fast,arrived packaged great,Thank You! Skimmer out of box was all set to put in tank just took off plug for drain and put on collection cup. Skimmer fit beautifully into compartment in back not like previous model (pain). Looked absolutely fantastic. Ok turned on unit nice and quiet(I don't know what a few of the other purchaser's were complaining about) then oh oh the dreaded micro bubbles ahhh.I gave it time manual said about a week but to my surprise they cleared up nicely after a couple of hours. Collection cup easy to set and take off,nice drain plug so no worries about over flows, so far I would have to say very happy with this model.

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Ghost in Nuvo 30

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 6/30/2014 from CELINA, OH UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: Its a bit early to fully evaluate this skimmer but after the first week it is collecting a lot of skimmate. I'm using this skimmer on a Nuvo 30 in one of the corner chambers with a mag-float magnet to hold it in place. I was using Tunze 9004 which was having problems restarting after being turned off for feeding.

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Vast Improvement

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 6/15/2014 from BROOKLYN, NY UNITED STATES
4.5 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I was very reluctant to purchase this skimmer - mainly because my previous skimmer from Innovative Marine was a complete nightmare. I have just about every product these guys make (tank, reactor, ato, skimmer) and the original aqua gadget skimmer was awful. The final straw was that the o-ring wasn't sealing the skimmer, leading to an ability to skim. I ordered a replacement to the tune of $20, the new o-ring didn't seal it either. So I needed a replacement. Somewhat reluctantly, I tried the Ghost - mostly because I have all the other IM products, and in theory they're all perfectly designed to fit my designated columns in my tank. This thing is amazing. I was concerned about break-in time: Almost within 24 hours I was getting chunky skimmate. As a jimmy-fix for the last skimmer, I keep a piece of polyfilter wrapped in floss positioned at the skimmer column overflow, such that all water coming out of the skimmer hits the floss - this vastly reduced the micro bubbles coming out of the old skimmer. With the new skimmer, I never observed micro bubbles in the main tank - whether this was thanks to my floss fix or the savvy design of the new skimmer, I don't know, but it's a vast improvement. Even with the floss fix I routinely had micro-bubbles flooding the tank, collapsing my corals and sending the fish in to hiding. As far as the physical design, another huge improvement. The last one was a bit of an eyesore on a smaller tank - a bubbling focal point of nasty algae growth and brown sludge. This one is basically invisible -- you can only see the air adjustment valve sitting slightly above the focal line of the tank. You just don't see this thing at all. The old one overflowed constantly, particularly in its first couple weeks, and the just about any time anything happened to the water - and I mean anything. Put a rubber glove in the tank? Overflow. Feed the fish? Overflow. Apply epoxy to affix a frag? Bubbles for days. The new one is capably equipped with

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Reviewers Rating Below Average

Posted: 6/13/2014
2.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I bought the midsize model for my Nuvo 40 tank, the tank it was specifically made for. I was extremely anxious to get it set up when it finally came in to the LFS, however, that turned into great disappointment and frustration soon after. The unit itself is not as noisy as some people make it out to be and I'm sure once it's broken in it will quiet down even more. The bigger issue with this is that it completely screws up the water flow to the pump chamber, creating a TON of noise from the water falling. This is much, much louder than the unit itself and is driving me nuts. I've tried repositioning the unit as well as the cord (which is way too short in my opinion) with no luck in fixing the issue, the unit just moves around with the flow back to the same spot.

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works for me

Reviewers Rating Great

Posted: 6/6/2014 from Baldwin Park, CA UNITED STATES
4.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I really don't understand all the bad reviews. I currently have a Aquatic-life 115 skimmer in my 30 gallon. And it is way louder than this ghost skimmer. I installed it in a JBJ RL-20 shallow(desktop version) Fit is not a problem as the chambers are 5"X5". The break in period is not shorter as they claim. It still took 2 weeks. That's why 4 stars. Other than that it is a great skimmer and it is pulling some nasty,stinky skim mate. Better skimmate than the Aquatic-life 115. I would purchase again.

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Ghost Noise

Reviewers Rating Below Average

Posted: 6/2/2014 from RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA UNITED
2.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I'm getting a lot of noise (sort of a rattling/loud gurgling)too. I took it apart and found nothing wrong or bent at the motor. Not sure if I should wait to see if it quiets, but I cannot enjoy being by my tank when it is running.

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