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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: 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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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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Didn't fit

Reviewers Rating Average

Posted: 5/31/2014 from CRESCENT CITY, CA UNITED STATE
2.5 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: The item works beautify however it did not fit in the older 38 gallon despite what ads say. In fairness Innovative Marine did suggest an alternative location that seems to work.

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Vast Improvement

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 5/31/2014 from NEW YORK, NY UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I use to own the first generation IM skimmer and then purchased the Ghost Skimmer for my Nuvo 16. My main issues with the first generation have all been addressed. 1. I had a few skimmer cup flooding issues - this new one has a drain 2. After 1 week, it stopped producing micro bubbles into the display tank which for me is a huge improvement over the older model. The older model never stopped with the micro bubbles and I had to use filter floss to block the bubbles between the skimmer chamber and the return chamber on an ongoing basis. Seems to be a much better design 3. It was a little difficult removing the skimmer cup without messing up the positioning / level of the entire skimmer. The cup removal is much easier - no tension etc... Overall it is a good skimmer. Its producing results after 1 week as well.

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Ghost Skimmer full size

Reviewers Rating Average

Posted: 5/30/2014 from Great Falls, VA UNITED STATES
3.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: Had the skimmer a week and while it performs well the pump started making a horrible noise within a week. We will see how things turn out with the warranty department. I will update accordingly.

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Very Happy

Reviewers Rating Excellent!

Posted: 5/30/2014 from SPOKANE, WA UNITED STATES
5.0 5
Experience Level: Intermediate

Comments: I have a 15 gallon nano reef tank. It is not an "all in one" tank. I currently have it sitting in my CPR Refugium with a magnet holding it up. I previously had an AquaticLife 115 Skimmer. It pulled great skim, but was unbearably loud with tons of micro-bubbles. This skimmer is made with way better materials and I have had no micro-bubbles. It may not be silent, but its quiet enough to have it in my bedroom and sleep. I am not going to claim that this is the best skimmer, but for my specific needs and situation its the best one on the market currently.

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Are they even trying?

Reviewers Rating Unsatisfactory

Posted: 5/29/2014 from Deerfield Beach, FL UNITED STA
1.0 5
Experience Level: Expert

Comments: My desktop model arrived yesterday for my Nuvo 16, and boy did InnovativeMarine lie about sound of this thing. Even after taking everything apart and ensure there was no vibration between parts not seated properly. I agree with everything Jonathan mentioned above. In fact, I think this skimmer is equal to or slightly louder than the original Skimmate skimmer. It runs at 60 decibels according Decibel Meter Pro, which is about the same as the other..... I am giving it one star because of all the hype, the air silencer doesn't not work. "Unheard" is a joke. Still breaking in, so no comments on performance, although there is nothing in the cup this morning and plenty of bubbles in the reaction chamber.....

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