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NUVOSkim DC Protein Skimmer Desktop AUQA Gadget - Innovative Marine


Item #: 0I7035

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The Skimmer Evolved.

Let’s give a warm welcome to the NuvoSkim DC, the industry’s first, energy efficient, direct current powered nano protein skimmer.

Fewer adjustments, remarkably quiet and ultra-fast break in time; the NuvoSkim DC recirculating protein skimmer effectively removes dissolved organics, increases oxygen levels, and creates a cleaner & clearer aquarium.

Along with the engine overhaul the NuvoSkim DC took on a secondary air silencer, vibration reducing rubber feet, enlarged air intake and a new convex lid for drier skim. All these features unite to create Innovative Marine`s most efficient skimmer yet, delivering a new era of uncompromising design and performance.


  • DC Powered Needle Wheel
  • Dual Silencers (Internal & External)
  • Noise Reducing Rubber Feet
  • Enlarged Air Silencer Box
  • Drop In Convenience
  • Bubble Plate Diffuser
  • Suspended Pump Design
  • Low Profile Cup Design
  • Needle Wheel Impeller
  • Airline Management
  • Convex Lid


4 Stars


Reviewed on
February 07, 2021

Yes, I would recommend this.

kinda loud

Pros: skims

Cons: kinda loud, looks a bit cheap quality, expensive

kinda loud. takes getting used to. expensive skimmer but so far does its job.

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Reviewed on
January 22, 2021

No, I would not recommend this.


Pros: Fits the Nuvo series

Cons: Unreliable

The pump only lasted a week before burning up. Save your money for a better skimmer

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Reviewed on
November 13, 2020

No, I would not recommend this.

Not a great product.

Pros: When it works, it works just fine. Fits great in the IM Nuvo 20.

Cons: Unreliable parts. Fragile connected parts. Cost for quality and reliability. Short lifespan.

I received this product and the pump was DOA, non-functional. The IM team was fantastic at sending out a replacement part. Since then, the unit has functioned just fine until I checked it this morning. The replacement pump is no longer functional. It's just over 2 months now and the skimmer is useless. I'm confident in the IM team to help me with a replacement under warranty but this is a little ridiculous. I'm disappointed, especially for $140.

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Reviewed on
October 25, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.

Perfectly for IM tanks

Pros: Quiet and fit

Cons: Expensive

I added this to a new Nuvo20 after about 2 weeks of cycling. Took a few attempts to dial in but seems to works well.
I’m Happy with this purchase.

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Reviewed on
April 09, 2020

No, I would not recommend this.

Didn’t last me 1 year

Pros: Small and fit in the back of the tank

Cons: Didn’t even last me a year

Extremely disappointed protein skimmer fits in the back side of the tank which is very convenient but the cup is too small fills up too easy not a very efficient protein skimmer and it already died on me and it hasn’t even been a year since I made my purchase I would not recommend

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Reviewed on
April 07, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.

Works Pretty Well

Pros: very quiet

Cons: seems to move around a little in the skimmer slot - but doesn't affect performance

I added this to a new Nuvo20 after about 1 month of cycling. Took a few attempts to dial in but seems to work pretty well and produces a pretty nice brown funk.
Also connected the outlet hose to a CO2 scrubber and was able to raise my pH as well. Dual purpose - limited investment

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Reviewed on
November 28, 2019

Yes, I would recommend this.

Great skimmer for IM Tanks

Pros: Quiet, Efficient, Easy Installation and Maintenance

Cons: Collection Cup Size

This skimmer works perfectly for my lagoon 25. It’s quiet and takes out a lot a gunk. Cup is adjustable to your desired skimming needs, thick, wet or in between. The only knock I have for this skimmer is the cup is a little too small for my needs. But overall great product! Happy with my purchase!

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Reviewed on
November 14, 2019

Yes, I would recommend this.

Bad design

Pros: Quiet and subtle color

Cons: Can’t really clean it the way you’d like too

They sent me a broken one at first, marine depot was quick to replace it. Once the second one arrived it started skimming right away, but everything I do maintenance on this thing with little to no cleaning it goes back to collecting just water for a few days, skim isn’t as thick as you’d expect, also it’s very hard to connect rubber hose through the acrylic body and onto the small powerhead so I try not to mess with it, air silencer falls all the time, but overall it’s very quiet.

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Reviewed on
August 27, 2019

No, I would not recommend this.

Basically comes disassembled/faulty parts

Pros: fits the IM tanks, after getting it set up properly it seems to do its job

Cons: instructions are garbage, comes in pieces, not much attention to detail in craftsmanship, feels cheap

Have had this skimmer for a little over 2 weeks. When it arrived (through an hour of trial and error which included completely disassembling the motor) we found the power supply did not work. I ordered a reactor at the same time, and since I cant use the reactor until the skimmer is up and running, I used the power supply from the reactor. All the skimmer did for 2 weeks was produce zero skim no matter the position of the collection cup and fill my tank with micro bubbles. I finally found time to give Innovative Marine a call and they walked me through trouble shooting. They were very helpful and I found that the motor for the skimmer wasnt attached to the skimmer body. Once that was fixed, the micro bubbles stopped and its starting to produce foam in the collection cup. This skimmer basically arrived in pieces and the directions didnt cover assembly at all. It took a collective hour and a half (and another 10 days before a new power supply arrived) to get this thing up and running.I have read other reviews voicing the same issue that the skimmer comes in pieces with no guidance on how to assemble. I also found that after properly inserting the motor to the body, the tubing gets bunched up at the bottom of the skimmer body making it fall short when meeting up with the air tube that attaches to the top, So much that it makes using the optional elbow impossible (which would have made a cleaner look on top of the tank). Seems to run ok regardless, but there could be more attention to detail here. Hopefully this thing skims like a dream from here on out, otherwise its a waste of money. Cudos to the guy at innovative marine who helped me get it up and running though, he was informative and walked me through step by step. It would be a 4 or 5 star review if it wasn't for all the hassle. Hoping when I set up the media reactor it isnt the same story.

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Reviewed on
August 05, 2019

Yes, I would recommend this.

Good little skimmer but...

Pros: Fits IM tanks perfectly, skims pretty well

Cons: noise, microbubbles

I have one for my IM nuvo 20. It fits perfectly in the 2nd chamber. As far as small desktop skimmers go, it does a fine job. You do get some brown skimmate but not the think sludge you will see from larger skimmers. These small skimmers just dont work as well as the larger ones.
You can fine tune easily by adjusting the height of the cup with a rubber ring. It does produce a bit of noise so it's not completely silent and mine does produce some microbubbles. I had to turn my return pump away from the skimmer to prevent the microbubbles from entering the main display. A small inconvenience but should be stated. Overall, a pretty good skimmer with some minor issues.

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