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AquaMaxx NF-1 Nano Protein Skimmer - In-Sump


Item #: UJ94642

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A great nano-reef skimmer for aquariums up to 30 Gallons!

AquaMaxx NF-1 nano-skimmer has all the attributes to make it an awesome nano-skimmer! Great pump, great design, great materials, great craftsmanship, great efficiency and great performance!

Heart of a Skimmer is the Pump
All AquaMaxx skimmers feature modified high-quality Italian Sicce Pumps. While other skimmers may also use Sicce needlewheel pumps, AquaMaxx ‘Shark’ pumps go above and beyond. Each Sicce pump motor block is modified then fitted with a proprietary AquaMaxx needlewheel impeller to further enhance its performance. With the precise modifications and upgrades, performance is boosted much beyond that of a standard Sicce needlewheel pump. The upgraded AquaMaxx ‘Shark’ pump is capable of drawing significantly more air and chops them up to the optimum bubble size for maximum protein extraction. The pump and protein skimmer combinations deliver unprecedented performance and reliability. Accumulated protein and organics will be vigorously removed from your tank and your water quality will be much improved!

Innovative Design
AquaMaxx skimmers are computer engineered and outfitted with the latest filtration technology. AquaMaxx NF-1 skimmer features an advanced bubble chamber to efficiently mix air and water to extract the maximum amount of protein. Noise is minimized by the built-in air silencer as well as the silicone noise-dampeners on the magnetic mounts. Extensively tested outlet baffling system minimizes air bubbles from exiting the outlet.

Unsurpassed Quality
High-quality cell-cast acrylic is used throughout for maximum durability. Experienced craftsmen assemble each skimmer precisely to produce a top-notch product at very affordable prices.

  • Modified and upgraded Italian Sicce Syncra Nano needlewheel pump
  • Magnetic mount for easy installation and adjustment
  • Ultra-quiet operation
  • Efficient, durable and reliable
  • Simple to set up and operate
  • Cell-cast acrylic construction
  • Compact foot print
  • Filtration Rating: up to 30 Gallons (light bioload) or 20 Gallons (heavy bioload)
  • Footprint: 2.76" x 4.15" 
  • Height: 13.39"
  • Work on acrylic or glass up to 1/2" thick
  • Pump (included): modified and upgraded Sicce pump
  • Pump power consumption: 2.8 watts


No sump, no space? No problem! These hang on back skimmers are the perfect solution for any aquarium. Proven and reliable, these hang on back skimmers continue to
impress with their high quality Italian made pumps. They are by far MD`s top sellers and for good reason, they skim well and are easy to clean.




Footprint (In.) 7.5" x 3.5" 17.25" x 3.94" 8.75" x 5.5"
Height (In.) 17" 14.18" 20"
Motor Shark 1.0* Shark 1.0* Shark 1.5*
Gallon Rating Light Bio-Load: Up to 75g Up to 60g Up to 175g
Medium Bio-Load: ~60g ~40g ~130g
Heavy Bio-Load: Up to 40g Up to 20g Up to 90g


Built small and tough as their full-size counterparts. Equipped with Italian made pumps, they skim the heck out of nano aquariums and are quiet. They`re definitely not
toy skimmers.



Footprint (In.) 2.76" x 4.15" 5.9" x 3.2"
Height (In.) 13.39" 14"
Motor Shark Nano* Shark 1.0*
Gallon Rating Light Bio-Load: Up to 30g Up to 65g
Medium Bio-Load: ~25g ~50g
Heavy Bio-Load: Up to 20g Up to 30g
*Denotes Modified Italian made Sicce Syncra pump

Manufacturer information

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.

4 Stars


Reviewed on
January 13, 2021

Yes, I would recommend this.

well done

Pros: quiet compact

Cons: realistically none

quite, small footprint, works very well. Great little skimmer with allot of attention to detail in a small package. Well built.

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Reviewed on
October 10, 2020

No, I would not recommend this.

Doesn't fit the IM 10 gal

Pros: Love this brand, have used HOB versions before, great skimmers

Cons: Doesn't fit the tank I bought it for

Contrary to the video MD posted it does not fit into the Innovative Marine 10 Gallon tank.

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Reviewed on
September 30, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.


Pros: Quiet, quality acrylic, reliable sicce pump

Cons: none yet.

The packaging is good. The build quality is great. Its super quiet. It will fit in the 2nd chamber with removal of the white rubber stoppers. Ive read reviews where people have shaved these down. Just remove them. Its a snug fit so the wall of the chamber will act as the plug. That way you dont damage the plugs and possibly void the warranty? I ran it overnight in diluted vinegar. It started pulling skimmate in a few hours.

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Reviewed on
September 09, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.

My 2nd unit

Pros: None

Cons: Wish it could be stronger.

Goes great on my 10 gallon, need to flush out the waste from the biodenitrator.

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Reviewed on
June 03, 2020

No, I would not recommend this.

Doesn’t fit IM tanks anymore.

Pros: Excellent build quality

Cons: Doesn’t fit innovative marine AIOs

I bought this skimmer based on the “will it fit” video in the photos. I have an Innovative Marine 10g. The fit was insanely tight and messed up the flow and water level of the tank. After contacting Marine Depot they were aware the manufacturer has created a second version that is now being sold that is larger than the version shown in the video. The skimmer works, just no longer in the IM 10g or any other tanks with the same sump footprint.

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Reviewed on
May 27, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.

Perfect fit for my biocube 29

Pros: Fits in my biocube

Cons: no cons for me

I was looking for a more robust answer to providing a small amount of skimming to my tank. I use a dual canister filter but I still wanted some bacterial removal. The fit is perfect and stated producing skim in less than a week.

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Reviewed on
February 28, 2020

Good Quality but needs updates

Pros: Good quality skimmer for Nano tanks

Cons: Cleaning the skim cup is difficult

In order to empty/clean the skim cup you need to remove the skimmer from the sump.

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Reviewed on
December 11, 2019

No, I would not recommend this.

Powerhorse with micro bubbles

Pros: Well built, heavy duty.


I got this skimmer recently for my Nuvo 10. It pulls a lot of gunk like no other the first 3 days, which perfectly does what it’s supposed to... but the major issue I have right now is the micro bubble, that I can barely see well in my tank. They said it will recede soon... I guess I just have to wait or find out how to do it... I emailed the support 3 days ago but no response yet. I’ll update the stars soon.

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Reviewed on
December 07, 2019

Yes, I would recommend this.

Very quite

Pros: None

Cons: None

Started skimming right away. Using this for my 10 gallon, thinking about downsizing.

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Reviewed on
October 20, 2019

Yes, I would recommend this.


Pros: none

Cons: color, wish acrylic was black

The build quality imo is pretty awesome for a skimmer in this price.I really like the magnet to hold in place and the Sicce pump. Very quiet. But does it work? Yes it does, and it does it well for a nano skimmer. Buy one, I honestly think you'll be impressed.

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