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AquaMaxx FC-180 In-Sump Protein Skimmer

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AquaMaxx FC Series In-Sump Protein Skimmers efficiently remove organic waste from aquarium water. Introducing a bevy of new features focused on precision control, high performance and appealing aesthetics, the FC series skimmers are just another example of how AquaMaxx provides hobbyists with the best protein skimmers for the money.

HIGH PERFORMANCE
The core of AquaMaxx protein skimmers is the high-quality Shark needle wheel pump. The Italian made Sicce brand pumps are modified by AquaMaxx to produce optimal size bubbles for highly efficient protein skimmer. These pumps have been powering AquaMaxx skimmers since the very beginning because of the long lasting and quiet operation combined with quality construction.

First introduced with the ConeS series skimmers, the FC skimmers contain the highly efficient bubble chambers that feature custom diffusors to reduce turbulence and create a stable laminar flow inside of the skimmer which helps get more waste out of your aquarium.

SUPERIOR DESIGN
FC skimmers utilize a one-piece acrylic body which is molded into a beautiful wine glass shape. The shape is what smoothly guides and condenses the foam inside the skimmer for effective removal of waste via the collection cup. Furthermore, the specially designed dome on the collection cups reduce resistance as the foam rises and falls into the collection cup for maximum waste removal.

AquaMaxx has included both a highly sensitive gate valve type outlet and the first ever adjustable air silencer which gives you precise control over the foam level inside of your skimmer.

Computer-precision engineered and outfitted with the latest filtration technology, AquaMaxx protein FC series protein skimmers will deliver the performance and value you are looking for in a skimmer.

FEATURES

  • Efficient, durable and stylish
  • Simple to set up and operate
  • Cell-cast acrylic construction
  • Rubber feet isolate noise and reduce vibration
  • Collection cup handle for easy maintenance
  • One piece, wine-glass shaped body
  • Special dome collection cup lid improves waste removal
  • Adjustable air silencer
  • Slim profile
  • Precision gate valve style outlet

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Filtration Rating: up to 250 Gallons (light bioload) or 130 Gallons (heavy bioload)
  • Footprint: 9.44 " x 7.48 "
  • Height: 23.22"
  • Pump: SHARK 2.0
  • Pump power consumption: 22 watts
  • Recommended Water Level: 7"-8"
  • Requires approximately 1/2" of clearance to remove collection cup.

AQUAMAXX FC SERIES = ULTRA COMPACT IN-SUMP SERIES

The best bang for your buck. AquaMaxx`s smallest full size skimmer has an ultra compact footprint to fit almost all setups. Best of all, it`s driven by a highly reliable
Italian made pump!
Model

FC-80

FC-120

FC-180

FC-280

Footprint (In.) 7.87" x 7.08" 7" x 7" 9.44" x 7.48" 11" x 9.44"
Height (In.) 18.9" 20.5" 23.22" 24"
Motor Shark 1.0a Shark 1.2a Shark 2.0a Shark 3.0a
Gallon Rating Light Bio-Load: Up to 140g Up to 180g Up to 250g Up to 420g
Medium Bio-Load: ~100g ~140g ~200g ~340g
Heavy Bio-Load: Up to 70g Up to 100g Up to 130g Up to 240g

AQUAMAXX CO SERIES = THE "WORKHORSE" IN-SUMP SERIES

If you`ve got the room in your sump, go with the CO series. Maximize the bubble reaction chamber with the pump on the outside of the body, and makes it easier
to access the pump for maintenance.
Model

ConeS CO-1

ConeS CO-2

ConeS CO-3

ConeS CO-5

ConeS CO-6

Footprint (In.) 6.3" x 8.7" 7.1" x 14.2"
(or 9.1" x 12.6")
12.3" x 14.2" 16.6" x 13.8"
(or 20.1" x 10.7")
16.6" x 18.2"
(or 22.1" x 12.6")
Height (In.) 19.7" 22.1" 22.9" 22.9" 22.9"
Motor Shark 1.5a Shark 2.0a Shark 3.0a Shark 6.0b Shark 7.0c
Gallon Rating Light Bio-Load: Up to 175g Up to 300g Up to 450g Up to 600g Up to 800g
Medium Bio-Load: ~120g ~220g ~360g ~450g ~650g
Heavy Bio-Load: Up to 90g Up to 160g Up to 270g Up to 350g Up to 500g

AQUAMAXXQ Q SERIES = COMPACT IN-SUMP SERIES; "THE ORIGINAL"

Based on the model that started it all. Improved and upgraded over the years, the Q Series not only has a compact footprint to fit limited spaces, it`s a well
built and highly dependable skimmer.
Model

ConeS Q-1

ConeS Q-2

ConeS Q-3

ConeS Q-5

ConeS Q-6

Footprint (In.) 9.5" x 5.9" 6.7" x 9.5" 8.7" x 11.5" 10.7" x 13.4" 16.6" x 13"
Height (In.) 19.6" 19.3" 19.7" 19.7" 22.9"
Motor Shark 1.5a Shark 2.0a Shark 3.0a Shark 6.0b Shark 7.0c
Gallon Rating Light Bio-Load: Up to 140g Up to 250g Up to 420g Up to 550g Up to 750g
Medium Bio-Load: ~110g ~200g ~350g ~450g ~650g
Heavy Bio-Load: Up to 80g Up to 130g Up to 240g Up to 300g Up to 450g

AQUAMAXX DCQ SERIES = CONTROLLABLE COMPACT IN-SUMP SERIES

How do you improve an already awesome skimmer? Make it controllable! Take the Q Series and pair it with the highly reliable BLDC pump that is widely
used in the industry. The extra controllability allows you to adjust your skimmer without needing to turn it off or reduce the air intake.
Model

ConeS DCQ-2

ConeS DCQ-3

Footprint (In.) 6.7" x 9.5" 8.7" x 11.5"
Height (In.) 19.3" 22"
Motor Shark DC 2000d Shark DC 3000d
Gallon Rating Light Bio-Load: Up to 300g Up to 480g
Medium Bio-Load: ~260g ~400g
Heavy Bio-Load: Up to 190g Up to 300g
aDenotes Modified Italian made Sicce Syncra pump
bDenotes Modified Italian made NEWA Jet pump
cDenotes Modified Italian made Askoll pump
dDenotes High Quality & Efficient BLDC Pump


Product Manuals & Documentation

AquaMaxx FC-180 In-Sump Protein Skimmer

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

Manufacturer Info

AquaMaxx
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.

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Excellent skimmer
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Functionality was had from day one and never changed since, east to empty large capacity collection cup, reliable pump that in the past lasted a long time for me.
CONS
None
REVIEW
So I purchased this as a replacement for well used Q2, and I definitely consider it an upgrade. Same reliable pump, new design that I'm a big fan of. It a little taller, slightly smaller footprint in the sump, has a sleeker look. Collection cup design is a great improvement also. This skimmer will h...Read More
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I had my Fc-180 in service for about 10 months. My collection cup started to show stress cracks in the acrylic. I contacted Aqua Maxx on the problem. they told me the acrylic is cracking because of chemical fumes. basicly to go pack sand. this is the response I got back from Aqua Maxx
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FC-180

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Works well, relatively quiet.
CONS
Technically the loudest equipment running in my setup. Acrylic/plastic components cracked easily.
REVIEW
The skimmer works well but have a few issues with the skimmer.
First - The collector cup has "wedge" shaped tabs that lock into the collar of the skimmer. After a few times emptying the collector cup, I re-attached the cup to the skimmer and twisted to lock into place. The edges of skimmer l...Read More
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Great Value and Superior Performance

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Superior performance, great value on price, two ways to adjust
CONS
Instructions suck
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Great skimmer. Aquamaxx Skimmers are seriously underrated. Don't bother with those crazy expensive skimmers from Vertex etc. These Aquamaxx are on par and often times can outperform them. Easy to setup. Just make sure you open that gateway fully when it's breaking in as it may overflow.
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Horrible Skimmer

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Great skimmate
CONS
Poor design resulting in skimmate to spill out instead of making it to the collection cup.
REVIEW
I’ve always been a big advocate for aquamaxx skimmers after using the hob skimmer, ws-1 skimmer and then a cone s q3 skimmer (which was the best skimmer I ever used). On my new tank, I bought this skimmer thinking it would be great for my new tank. Latest and greatest from aquamaxx. Well, that def...Read More
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nice and quiet

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skimmer didn't take long to break in. very quiet and easy to adjust. the only thing is directions suck.
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