AquaC Urchin In-Sump Protein Skimmer w/ Drain Fitting + Cobalt MJ1200 Pump

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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 is a compact sump skimmer that is designed based on the popular Remora Hang-On. These skimmers share the same internal structure and are identical in terms of performance. The Urchin is designed to sit inside of a sump, and is powered by a Maxi Jet 1200. There aren't many skimmers with such a small footprint with this level of performance.

Features:
  • The Urchin 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 23" of vertical clearance under you stand if you are considering the Urchin.
Specifications:
  • Tank Size (Gallons): 20-75
  • Dimensions: 19" tall x 6" wide x 2-3/4" deep
  • 6" x 6" footprint (pump included)
  • Minimum vertical clearance is 23"
  • Water level exit height is 12-1/4"
  • Includes nylon cleaning brush


Features and Benefits of the Maxi Jet 1200 Pro:
  • Venturi – Silent, fully adjustable aeration.
  • Rotational Output – Directs water flow to needed areas of the tank.
  • Impeller – Maximizes water flow.
  • Adaptable Intake – Allows the power head to be used with undergravel filters.
  • Omni-Directional Mount – Adjusts the pump to fit the proper current needs inside the tank.
  • Propeller –Maximizes the water flow.
  • Propeller Cage – Protects the propeller and tank inhabitants while minimizing flow restriction.
  • Flow Rate: 295/1300 GPH

Product Manuals & Documentation

AquaC Urchin In-Sump Protein Skimmer w/ Drain Fitting + Cobalt MJ1200 Pump

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: 90 days from date of purchase

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Setup is very simple, but if you're new to protein skimmers it might take some thought. The skimmer seems to work as described, but to be frank both the manual and web site provide very little information for users; many of the links on the web site are non-functional. From reading other users' comm...Read More
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Bullet proof? Probably!

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I think the "Expert" from Chicago who couldn't get this to work and threw it in the trash (instead of selling it or giving it to someone else) has greatly overstated his "qualifications". Hey, if you can throw $200 away out of anger, I guess you're an "expert" at someth...Read More
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best skimmer yet

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well i wasnt sure about the urchin,i checked around on line and with this website and reviews were very good,so i got one and all i have to say is its the bomb,best skimmer yet,dont listen to the negative,you will like it.If you want a great product and service,this website is the place,these guys g...Read More
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Best.skimmer.eveerrr. Silent, fills with fithy doo doo, easy to own. Bubbles in the display went away after several weeks..
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threw it out

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I am not in the habit of writing product reviews, but the Aqua C Urchin was one of the bigger disappointments from my 20 years of reef-keeping experience. Obviously the Urchin is a well reviewed entity -- and I made my purchase based upon research from independent sources, as well as consumer revi...Read More
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Very pleased so far. Easy installation.
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Awesome Skimmer!

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It is built very well and is quiet, efficient, compact, and essentially maintenance free. I am sure this rivals more expensive skimmers. I empty the cup nearly everyday and am sure that I will start using the drain fitting soon. I don't think you can beat the value of this skimmer.
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