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Protein Skimmers

An aquarium protein skimmer replicates the natural ocean, where waves churn the water and produce foam. Protein (dissolved organic waste) is attracted to the foam bubbles and deposited on the shore. A saltwater skimmer produces fine foam bubbles, which attract proteins from the water. The foam then rises into a waste collection cup.

A nano protein skimmer may be a HOB skimmer (hang on back) or a mini protein skimmer inside the tank or filter compartment. A HOB protein skimmer is good for up to a medium size tank.

Large tanks usually use an in sump protein skimmer. Some extra large tanks use an external protein skimmer that sits beside the sump. The best protein skimmer designs produce tons of air and long contact time to maximize waste removal.

Many high-end skimmers use controllable DC pumps to increase performance.


Reef Glass Nano Protein Skimmer
Bubble Magus Curve 5 Protein Skimmer
10% off



AquaMaxx FC-80 In-Sump Protein Skimmer
Bubble Magus Curve 7 Protein Skimmer
Reef Octopus Classic 150 INT Protein Skimmer
Reef Glass Bundle


Red Sea Protein Skimmer RSK-300
AquaMaxx FC-280 In-Sump Protein Skimmer
IceCap K1-100 Protein Skimmer
20% off



Red Sea Protein Skimmer RSK-600
AquaMaxx FC-180 In-Sump Protein Skimmer
15% off

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