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NYOS QUANTUM 160 Protein Skimmer


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Item #: 6D92020

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Made in Germany

High performance skimmer for tanks up to 250 gallons (1000 liters).

Built to perform
Extreme performance. Very smooth operation. Low power consumption. Easy to maintain.

Extreme performance
Performance, performance and once again performance. NYOS® Quantum® is characterized by high skimming performance as a result of the large amount of air in combination with and optimum air-water mixture.

Very smooth operation
Aquariums should be seen and not heard. That is NYOS® Quantum® is especially silent when running and therefore can hardly be heard.

Low power consumption
NYOS® Quantum® is conceived to be especially energy efficient and uses a minimum of power, despite its huge performance.

Easy to maintain
Consistently strong skimming and simple settings are a joy. For this reason, NYOS® Quantum® is especially easy to maintain and provides the same consistent level of performance over a long period of time. Reliable pump starts are a matter of course.

7 Great Features:

1. The new NYOS® Hybrid Wheel
The heart of every skimmer is its propulsion. That is why we have developed a new high-performance drive for the Quantum®: the Hybrid Wheel. This especially precisely manufactured impeller, built with super-light materials, combines the advantages of a needle wheel and a lattice wheel. The Hybrid Wheel is characterized by its lattice-shaped base, on which numerous very narrow needles are mounted. This structure ensures that countless extremely fine micro air bubbles are generated. The greatly reduced weight and the high precision lead to lower maintenance and at the same time low energy consumption.

2. NYOS® Clear-View Reactor
The hybrid wheel needs a pump chamber that is specially adapted to it. That is why we have developed the NYOS® Clear-View Reactor. The Clear-View Reactor is a transparent, performance-optimized large-volume reaction chamber in which the water-air mixture is generated. In combination with the hybrid wheel and the adapted venturi nozzle, it produces an extreme air performance with an optimum air-water ratio. Its transparency means that any foreign bodies can be identified easily. At the same time it is possible to see the huge performance of the pump in operation. Stylish and practical!

3. The NYOS® Twister
Extreme air performance and the finest bubbles are one thing. But in order to achieve optimum skimming, the bubbles that are generated must also remain in contact with the water for as long as possible. That is why, in addition to our normal bubble plate, we have developed the saw-blade shaped Twister. This gives the bubbles an additional spin and swirls them further in a vortex. This greatly increases the contact time of the air bubbles in the water column.

4. Combination of form and function: the Sinus design
Water doesn’t like corners. That is why we have developed a flow-optimized, protected double-S form. In this so-called Sinus design the air bubbles can rise without hindrance and completely free, ergonomically so to speak, without the formation of poor-flow zones at disruptive corners.

5. Precision and details
A good idea must be implemented perfectly to the very last detail. Each Quantum® is therefore characterized by the following: 1. Extremely non-breakable high-performance waves from zirconium dioxide (strength 1600 MPa Vickers hardness) 2. Nine sea-waterproof screws from pure titanium grade 2 3. Precise micro-adjustment screws to fine-tune the water level 4. Full decoupling by means of silicone feet 5. Skimming pot with twist-lock seal 6. Ready-to-use plug-and-play device

6. Optimized, variable setting options
Each aquarium is different. That is why NYOS® Quantum® can be adapted individually to all aquarium conditions: water quantity and air quantity can be set separately and independently of each other. An approximate setting of the water level is achieved by means of the water setting pipe, while the especially precise micro-adjustment screw, which is also included, allows an additional fine-tuning of the water level.

7. Compact construction yet can be dismantled completely
We represent compact, well thought-out solutions. NYOS® Quantum® deliberately does not use any externally mounted, bulky pumps. For us it is self-evident that the device must be able to be dismantled completely.

Technical Details:

  • Pump: Quantum® 3.0
  • Air max.: 1500 l/h
  • Power: 18 W
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 7.29" x 9.85" x 20.87" (18.5 x 25 x 53 cm)
  • Tank Size: 100-250 Gallons (250-1,000 litres)
  • Recommended Sump Water Level: 8"-10"
  • Made in Germany

Manufacturer information

The NYOS® Philosophy: Innovative. Intuitive. Uncompromising. Nature Inspired. NYOS®. Experience simple, nature-inspired marine aquarium care at the highest level.

5 Stars


Reviewed on
July 22, 2020

No, I would not recommend this.

Weak pump

Pros: Design

Cons: Pump

Pump is shite, struggles mightily to restart every night after shutdown for feeding. Never had this issue with any other skimmers

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Reviewed on
March 04, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.

Be patient... it'll work

Pros: Very effective, quiet, easy to clean.

Cons: Difficult to break in, long break in time.

Took longer to break in than any other skimmer I've owned (over a month to really start working with no microbubbles). It was pretty finicky at first -- I needed to raise it up and drop it back down a lot in order to find the sweet spot. But once it got dialed in, it was super quiet, produced no microbubbles, and pulled A LOT of thick gunk. Pretty easy to adjust the air and water too.

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Reviewed on
January 07, 2020

Yes, I would recommend this.

Good Skimmer but not the Best

Pros: Good Quiet Skimmer

Cons: Too Expensive.

The Quantum 160 is a very good skimmer but not as good as other skimmers like the AquaMaxx Q Series. It takes a while to get a consistent foam level.

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Reviewed on
November 14, 2019

Yes, I would recommend this.

Expensive but worth it

Pros: Quiet, efficient, Beautiful

Cons: Price

Was a little skeptical at first buying a skimmer this expensive, but just bit the bullet and spent a little extra, and WOW. This thing is quiet, like REAL quiet. I run a Neptune Cor20 return with this skimmer and my sump is dead quiet. Several things to keep in mind:

-Yeah, yeah it’s expensive. But when is anything in this hobby not?
-Lots of contact time with the air inside the skimmer, meaning better efficiency in takin out gunk
-Break in period was a little daunting for me. Took me about a week, and sooo many microbubbles were coming out. Be prepared for this during the break in. One way I dealt with this was raise or elevate the skimmer till it was good.
-When broken in, I got so much gunk in my collection cup, that I had no idea where or how the skimmer was collecting all of it.
-Lastly, it looks pretty. I mean, come on. This is probably the biggest reason why youre lookin at buying this right?

Quiet, Efficient, Pretty. What more do you want

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Reviewed on
November 05, 2019

Yes, I would recommend this.

Really concentrated skim

Pros: Super concentrated effluent, compact size for its strength. Maybe challenging for some to adjust

Cons: A bit pricey

Have to say this has some of the most concentrated skim have seen in many years. Use on 180 reef and only been 3 days but it is clearly a very efficient design.

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Reviewed on
September 30, 2019

Yes, I would recommend this.

good skimmer

Pros: quality

Cons: a bit pricey

Quiet , no sound at all , takes about a week to produce billowing overflowing foam , i have to empty the cup every day . Good quality

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Reviewed on
August 02, 2019

Yes, I would recommend this.

Visibly pleasing

Pros: Dead quiet

Cons: None

I enjoy German products, this is yet another great product that scores high in quality and overall appearance

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Reviewed on
October 10, 2018

Yes, I would recommend this.

Silent deadly

Quiet, does the job,

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Reviewed on
May 23, 2018

No, I would not recommend this.

Equipment drilled incorrectly

Pros: Good size for a smaller sump

Cons: Low quality of workmanship

For a ~$500 piece of equipment, I expect it to go together when I take it out of the box. Unfortunately, the body of the skimmer was not drilled correctly and so did not line up wirh the pump inlet. For a product line that claims to be the best quality is so superior, they can’t even get quality assurance correct. Would not recommend.

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Reviewed on
February 06, 2018

Yes, I would recommend this.


Pros: Silent, great quality

Cons: None

Great skimmer. I've been using it for 7 months and it does an awesome job.

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