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AquaC Urchin In-Sump Protein Skimmer without Pump

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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 chemica...
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AquaC Urchin In-Sump Protein Skimmer without Pump Information

Part #: AC3511

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.

  • 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

What's in the Box

  • skimmer body
  • collection cup
  • lid for collection cup
  • Warranty

    Manufacturers Warranty: 90 days from date of purchase
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    AquaC Urchin In-Sump Protein Skimmer without Pump Reviews

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    get the right pump Product Review by OTIS GLAMORE (Posted on 2/26/14)

    Comments: Due to limited space, my previous experience with skimmers has been limited to the Marineland in-sump model, which requires constant adjustment as water levels fluctuate. Their reliability is also dubious at best (the first 2 didn't work at all and in 3 years , I have gone through at least 6). Now, a new skimmer has come along that fits in a limited space and works beautifully. It's simple, elegant and uses an external pump to do the work, so there are no moving parts in the skimmer to wear out. No adjusting, either
    Two pumps are offered by this retailer, but the Marineland Maxi-Jet 1200 makes a great deal of noise ( the Manufacturer is trying to find the cause, but it seems to be a simple case of incompatibility since the pump works fine alone )...go with the Rio+ 800 and there is virtually no noise and the skimmer has "cycled" in 3 days. Excellent product!

    Small SPS Tank Product Review by MAX (Posted on 2/26/14)

    Comments: The Urchin is a sleek package. I like that the pump is a maxi jet 1200, easy to replace and maintain. My sps tank load is light. It took a few days, and some adjusting of the collection cup (which is how you set the amount of foam) until I got it how I wanted it. I like it now though. Is perfect for my nano sps tank. The urchin sits in the sump though of course.

    Awesome Skimmer Product Review by ERIC TOGUCHI (Posted on 8/29/12)

    Comments: After 2 weeks, this skimmer pulls out so much junk from my tank. I have to empty out the cup several times a week. Much better than the CPR skimmer which didn't pull anything out and was very noisy. This skimmer run really quiet as well which is the other plus.

    Great Product! Product Review by Samhain (Posted on 4/12/12)

    Comments: Great, simple skimmer for those with medium-sized tanks and a limited budget. The Urchin is easy to set up, easy to dial in, and works well with a variety of pumps. I was a little hesitant to purchase the Urchin after using the Remora HOB, as the Remora is a very LOUD skimmer, but the Urchin is almost silent in operation. The break-in period is also relatively short, and after just a few hours it was pulling out gunk like a champ! I would very much recommend the Urchin to anyone with a medium-sized (i.e. less than 125 gallon) or smaller tank, especially beginners. The only downside is that the collection cup is rather small, so it does need to be cleaned at least every other day. On the other hand, the skimmer itself is fairly small, so it fits well in small sump systems. Overall, a really good product!

    Extremely Easy Product Review by Travis (Posted on 1/18/12)

    Comments: set it up in my sump system and after a few days it started pulling out waste just as the instructions said. Went with the remora because of it's compact size and the large volume of positive reviews of their products in different forum sites. Very satisfied.

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