Although protein is a necessary organic compound needed by fish and corals to grow and live, any excess amount is considered harmful to the aquarium. When protein breaks down, ammonia is released in the water. Ammonia is a chemical compound that -- if it comes in large amounts -- is toxic to fish. Ammonia also makes it harder for fish to breath underwater. The harder fish try to breathe, the more water they take in their gills. This action causes damage to their gills and as a result, to their respiratory system as a whole.
Therefore, it is necessary to remove excess protein from your aquarium using a skimmer, particularly the Aquac Urchin In-Sump Protein Skimmer Without Pump from Pet Store
. This skimmer is small enough to be installed in an aquarium's existing pump without the need for special plumbing or high maintenance. It works by using a technology called spray induction, which involves the formation of thick sprays of foam to which the protein can stick to. The foam gets collected in the sump -- along with the captured protein -- to be disposed of later.
This simple device using a simple process will surely save you a lot of trouble. For your smaller fish tanks
, get the Aquac Urchin In-Sump Protein Skimmer Without Pump and you will never be sorry.
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 Urchin is a compact sump skimmer that is designed based on the popular Remora Hang-On. These skimmers share the same internal structure and are identical in terms of performance. The Urchin is designed to sit inside of a sump, and is powered by a Maxi Jet 1200. There aren't many skimmers with such a small footprint with this level of performance. Features:
- The Urchin is built from translucent gray acrylic to inhibit the growth of algae and marine organisms.
- The skimmer can be ordered with a collection drain fitting (optional).
- The pump is attached to the skimmer via a section of flexible hose. The pump can be moved into any position you choose.
- The collection cup is removed from the skimmer by pulling it up and out of the body. Please check that you have the required 23" of vertical clearance under you stand if you are considering the Urchin.
- Tank Size (Gallons): 20-75
- Dimensions: 19" tall x 6" wide x 2-3/4" deep
- 6" x 6" footprint (pump included)
- Minimum vertical clearance is 23"
- Water level exit height is 12-1/4"
- Includes nylon cleaning brush