Excess protein in the aquarium
leads to the build-up of ammonia, which leads up to the growth of parasitic algae that can take over your whole aquarium in no time at all. Thus, it is necessary to remove excess protein from the tank on a regular basis.
Doing it by hand is not reliable, though. This task calls for the Precision Marine Bullet-2 Protein Skimmer from Pet Store
. The second skimmer in a line of three Bullet skimmers, this particular skimmer can take on tanks with a 250gallon capacity. Standing at two feet tall, this skimmer doesn't take much space at all in comparison to its capacity.
Typical skimmers use bubbles to attract protein. Bubbles break the surface tension of the water, making the protein stick to the bubble surface instead of to the water surface. The bubbles are carried into the skimmer where they pop. By this time, the protein is already trapped in the skimmer and is deposited to a container within for easy disposal later.
However, the Precision Marine Bullet-2 Protein Skimmer is not typical, It creates big blobs of foam instead of bubbles. Foam is made up of a lot of really small bubbles, so obviously, foam can break surface tension at a faster rate and thus, can attract more protein.
The Precision Marine Bullet 2 protein skimmer uses a Beckett Foam injector to create copious amounts of foam. Somewhat compact at less than 28" this skimmer will handle systems up to 250 gallons. Best when used with a pump which can provide 1200 gph at a 4` head i.e. a Mag 18, GenX PCX40 (Mak 4), Iwaki 40RLT.
Precision Marine pool aerator based protein skimmer with Gen-X/Mak4 pump. Bullet-2 features:
- ALL Cast Acrylic Construction
- Adjustable Air Intake
- Extra-Thick Keyholed Cup Flanges
- SPEARS s/80 Gate Valve/Super-Smooth, no cheap screws to rust!
- Waste Collector Compatible
- Built to the Precision Marine Quality Standard!
- Dimensions: 10" x 6.75" x 24" (requires an additional 1" for removal of collection cup)
Precision Marine Bullet-2 Protein Skimmer:
- Overall Height: 24"
- Base Dimensions 6.75" x 10"
- Inlet Size: 1" Barb
- Outlet Size: 1.5" FPT
- Required Clearance: 1"
- Suggested Water Pump: MAK4, Mag 18 or Iwaki 40RLT
- Recommended Capacity: 250 gal