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AquaC EV-120 Protein Skimmer
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AquaC EV-120 Protein Skimmer (no pump)

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Item #: AC1131

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The revolutionary AquaC protein skimmers do not use venturis, downdraft tubes, or air pumps; they employ the patented "Spray Injection System." This innovation allows the protein skimmer to efficiently draw in much more air than a...
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AquaC EV-120 Protein Skimmer (no pump) Information

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Part #: EV-120

The revolutionary AquaC protein skimmers do not use venturis, downdraft tubes, or air pumps; they employ the patented "Spray Injection System." This innovation allows the protein skimmer to efficiently draw in much more air than any other of the top protein skimmers. This coupled with the superiorly designed compact reaction chamber yields results that will literally blow the waste out of your water.

How does Spray Injection Work?

In 1998, Jason Kim (owner and founder of AquaC) developed a patented process of protein skimming which has come to be known as Spray Injection. Unlike previous forms of skimming, our spray injection method enables huge amounts of air and water to be processed with a relatively small pump. Although it is a simple process, there is still some confusion as to how the spray injector works.

Imagine that you`re washing your car you`ve got a bucket full of soapy water and a garden hose with a fast-moving stream of water. By placing your thumb over the end of the hose, you can disrupt the stream into a turbulent, high pressure spray. Now direct that spray down into the bucket of water, and you`ll generate a massive amount of bubbles and air flow. That is exactly how our spray injector works.

The skimmer body acts as a water reservoir the bucket in the example above. Water is pumped through the spray injector, which has a special nozzle that fans the water out into a pressurized spray. This spray shoots into the skimmer body, generating millions of tiny air bubbles. As the bubbles are formed, more air is sucked into the skimmer as a result of the local drop in pressure and the process continues.

Most other forms of protein skimming rely on special valves or media to generate the air flow, and these parts quickly become clogged with salt, dust, or even mineral deposits. The AquaC spray injector is a relatively large nozzle that resists clogging, and when combined with a pump prefilter, can be considered maintenance free.

The redesigned and improved EV Series skimmers raise AquaC`s spray injection skimming (U.S. Patent # 6,156,209, #6,436,295) to a new level in terms of efficiency, performance, and value. A new baffling system combined with a significantly larger mixing box results in far less turbulence and increased contact time. The net effect is a dramatic increase in skimmer performance despite a drop in pump pressure requirements. AquaC`s molded spray injector now generates a significantly larger number of microbubbles, boosting overall performance to unbelievable levels considering such low pump pressure requirements.

  • Flexible design for in-sump or external applications.
  • The new EV Series skimmers are designed to run in sumps WITHOUT BEING RAISED. The output gate valve has been increased to a height of 10" (EV-120/180 models), which means that as long as your sump level is 9" or lower you will not need to worry about fluctuations having an impact on skimming consistency. The powerful EV-120 can sit in water as deep as 9".
  • The addition of a precision ball valve for airflow control allows the aquarist to fine tune the skimmer`s output. Unlike most other high performance skimmers in this class, the EV is remarkably silent. The spray injection system does not generate the sucking noises typical of venturi and Beckett units.
  • The John Guest "Speedfit" fitting is a great feature you will only find on AquaC ozone-equipped skimmers. This fitting is standard on models EV-240 and above, and can be ordered on the EV-120/180. Aquarists may also connect their calcium reactor effluent line to the skimmer`s speedfit connection. The pH of a calcium reactor effluent typically falls between 6.5-6.9, and over time the addition of this low pH effluent can have a deleterious effect on the system`s pH level. By dosing your effluent directly into the skimmer, excess CO2 will be "blown off" into the atmosphere and the tank pH will remain unaffected.
  • The improved "Twist-Lock" collection cup and cap makes for a secure, flanged connection without the need for set screws or other locking type unions. Simply twist to crack the seal (EPDM gaskets) and removal requires a scant ¼" clearance. The new EV Series skimmers can be operated with AquaC`s auto-waste container, which are available in 2.5 and 5 liter sizes.
  • Increased contact time = more protein removal. The size of the mixing box has been increased on all models by approximately 40%. To accommodate the extra foam the skimmers now feature taller and wider reaction towers, as well.
  • Height: 18"
  • Recommend Pumps: Mag Drive 5 or Rio 2100
  • Footprint: 4.75" x 8.5"
  • Foam Tower: 4" x 6" OD
  • Tank Size: 40-120 Gallons
  • JG Fitting: Optional 1/4" JG fitting
  • Bubble Size: .03.05mm
  • Water flow-thru rate: 225gph
  • Volume of foam produced: 90cu.in.
  • Input: 3/4" hose barb
  • Output: 1" gate valve
  • 5/8" collection cup drain
  • 3/8" threaded air inlet
  • Gate valve exit is 7" high
  • Auto-waste container compatible-flanges feature EPDM gaskets

AquaC EV 120/180 Protein SkimmerAquaC EV 240 Protein Skimmer
EV 120/180 SkimmerEV 240 Skimmer

AquaC EV Protein Skimmers Comparison
DescriptionTank Size
PumpHeightFootprintFoam Tower Volume
EV12040-120Rio 2100 
Mag-Drive 5
18"4.75" x 8.5"90 cu. in.
EV18075-180Rio 3100 
Mag-Drive 7
20"6.0" x 9.2"135 cu. in.
EV240100-240Mag-Drive 12
Iwaki MD40RLT 
26.2"6.9" x 10.5"320 cu. in.
EV400150-400Gen-X / Mak4 
Iwaki MD40RLT 
Iwaki MD55RLT 
32"6.75" x 10.75"475 cu. in.
EV1000350-1000Iwaki MD70RLT 32"9" x 12"750 cu. in.
EV2000up to 2000Iwaki MD100RLT 42"9" x 12"1100 cu. in.

AquaC Protein Skimmers in Use
This is one reef aquariums where the AquaC prototypes are tested on.

AquaC EV90

At the time of the picture, this aquarium had been running with an AquaC EV90. Note that this aquarium is fairly heavily stocked. After this picture was taken, quite a bit more livestock has been added to this aquarium. Currently, an AquaC EV150 is running on this well-overstocked tank. AquaC feels that th

What's in the Box

  • Skimmer
  • Gate Valve
  • Manual


Manufacturers Warranty: 90 days from date of purchase

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AquaC EV-120 Protein Skimmer (no pump) Reviews

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acua cev Product Review by RIYAZ SHAIKH (Posted on 2/26/14)

Comments: at first i though i made a mistake.. im new to the entire reef aquarium thing. i put mud in my sump and about an inch plastic cutout from the jar the mud came in.. i sat the protein skimmer on top of that. oh boi i was having issues.. i made a custome refusium took all the mud out of sump took the plastice cut out out. i desided to put the skimmer without anything underneath it. the water lvlv was slightly under the inside line indicated, it is working great. it took a while maybe a cple days for it to break in, but its starting to remove green, brown from the water...
the only thing i didnt like is that if the top half gets close to the the faucet it leaks so gota be careful.. u dont want it to leak on floor. u cant plu it in neither it wont work properly is wat the comp says so i dont kno

EV-120 Product Review by WILLIE VAUGHN (Posted on 2/26/14)

Comments: Extremely easy to dial in. In 2 days i was pulling thick black muck outta my tank. I use it on a 65 gallon reef and it has performed excellant from day 1!

Great Skimmer! Product Review by AcRoPoRa x3 (Posted on 2/26/14)

Comments: Great beginners skimmer. Very easy to use, and very efficient too. Great choice!

nothing can come close Product Review by john m (Posted on 2/26/14)

Comments: i had two skimmers before i bought the AquaC EV-120, i will always by an AquaC

This Skimmer Rocks!!! Product Review by CHRIS COMPTON (Posted on 2/26/14)

Comments: I've had this skimmer up and running for a little over a week now. It's a very aggressive skimmer! After about 3-4 days of break-in it really took off. I was skeptical on how noisy the pump would be. I was also worried about the heat it would transfer to the water since it's submersed in the sump. Really impressed with how silent the Mag 5 runs! It also only increased water temp. by 1 degree F. in my 75G tank! Awesome skimmer!!!

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