Protein / Saltwater Skimmers

Protein Skimmers are exclusively used in saltwater aquariums although some brackish tanks might be able to use them.  This is because the salt in the water enable the small bubbles in the skimmer to pull out polarized protein molecules in the water hence the common term “protein skimmer.”  They do not remove nitrates, they just remove some of the proteins that might become nitrates.  I will use the term “saltwater skimmer” interchangeably with “protein skimmer.”  Some skimmers use airstones and an air pump and these are a cheap way to get started with a skimmer.  More advanced skimmers create bubbles with a water pump using something called a “venturi” valve.  Some are hang on back and some hang in the tank itself.  Some are made for small aquariums and others for much larger aquariums.  The biggest and most powerful models are generally designed to be placed in a sump.

Do you need a protein skimmer?  I personally do not use a saltwater skimmer in my saltwater aquariums any longer as I find it is not necessary to use one with my Aquaripure Nitrate Removal system.  I found that eventually there just wasn’t enough scum being produced to make it necessary.  However, even if you do use an denitrator, a skimmer can provide valuable extra filtration if needed and works great to aerate the water.  Without a denitrator such as the Aquaripure, a saltwater skimmer is almost a necessity in a saltwater aquarium.  Whichever skimmer you choose, you will need to keep the scum cup clean which requires rinsing it out once or twice a week.

Small Saltwater Skimmers

Medium Saltwater Skimmers

Large Saltwater Skimmers

Saltwater Skimmer Video

Small Saltwater Skimmers

Lee's Saltwater Skimmer Counter Current
Lee’s Saltwater Skimmer Counter Current

Lee’s Saltwater Skimmer Counter Current

These cheap saltwater skimmers are good for someone just starting out and not sure if they even want a saltwater skimmer or not.  You will definitely outgrow the skimmer and want a better one if you like if but they are not a bad starter saltwater skimmer.

  • Includes two-way plastic valves and hanger
  • Protein Skimmers come Preassembled and are low maintenance
  • Easily adjusted, Height: 16.13-inch capacity: up to 50-gallon
  • Additional items needed in order to operate the saltwater skimmer are; airline tubing, a strong air pump and plastic tees.
  • For use in Saltwater Fish Tanks and Reef Tanks

Lee’s counter current saltwater skimmers are ideal for use in saltwater fish and reef tanks. These saltwater skimmers help prevent toxic tank syndrome by removing proteins and other organics before they turn into harmful toxins to aquarium inhabitants.

Coralife BioCube saltwater Saltwater Skimmer

Coralife BioCube saltwater Saltwater Skimmer

These are perfect if you have a Coralife Biocube!

  • Simple to set-up, easy to clean
  • Fits conveniently into built-in filtration system in the back of the BioCube Aquarium
  • Heavy-duty air pump, air flow valve, skimmer and tubing included

BioCube saltwater Skimmer fits BioCube size 14 and 29 and quietly and efficiently removes harmful organics from saltwater environments.

Aquatic Life 115 Mini Internal Saltwater Skimmer/Filter, 30-Gallon
Aquatic Life 115 Mini Internal Saltwater Skimmer/Filter, 30-Gallon

Aquatic Life 115 Mini Internal Saltwater Skimmer/Filter, 30-Gallon

  • Compact size makes this skimmer ideal for mini-reef aquariums
  • Placement inside aquarium provides quiet operation
  • Proven needle-wheel impeller increases air-to-water contact
  • Filter box area should be measured first to determine if the skimmer will fit into the filter box area.
  • Compact size makes this skimmer ideal for mini-reef aquariums
  • Placement inside aquarium provides quiet operation
  • Proven needle-wheel impeller increases air-to-water contact

Our Compact Protein Skimmer Effectively Removes Organic Waste In Aquariums Up To 30 Gallons.  The ideal saltwater skimmer for nano-tanks will mount inside the aquarium, or is small enough to fit in most rear overflow or filtration compartments. The Internal Mini Skimmer 115 measures only 3″ x 3-1/4″ x 10-5/8″ high to provide outstanding filtration in saltwater aquariums up to 30 gallons. This low profile, compact protein skimmer is powered by an 8 watt needle-wheel impeller pump for maximum air-to-water contact and energy efficiency, delivering very effective organic waste removal. Water flow may be adjusted with the turn of a knob. Mounting bracket and suction cups included for convenient placement and quiet operation inside your aquarium or sump, or the included adjustable mounting bracket fits all standard aquarium frames.

Rio Nano Saltwater Skimmer for Aquarium
Rio Nano Saltwater Skimmer for Aquarium

Rio Nano Saltwater Skimmer for Aquarium

  • Needle wheel
  • Intake venturi
  • Adjustable venturi
  • Filter cartridge with carbon

Rio Nano skimmer with an intake venturi and needle wheel technology. Simple installation and a compact design to fit aquariums up to 20 -gallon s. Includes a filter cartridge with activated carbon. Filters approbyimatly 110-gallon per hour.

Comline DOC Saltwater Skimmer 9001
Comline DOC Saltwater Skimmer 9001

Comline DOC Saltwater Skimmer 9001

  • For fittings refer to user manual.
  • Compact Size
  • Energy Efficient
  • Includes magnet mount

Our newest and most compact skimmer! Measuring only 4.3 * 2.5 * 8.5 Inch. It is ideal for nano reef aquariums up to 37 gallons (15 gallons for high nutrient or dedicated SPS tanks). Includes needle wheel pump and magnet holder for up to 3/8″ glass or acrylic.

Medium Saltwater Skimmers

Tunze Saltwater Skimmer for Aquariums, 15 to 65-Gallon
Tunze Saltwater Skimmer for Aquariums, 15 to 65-Gallon

Tunze Saltwater Skimmer for Aquariums, 15 to 65-Gallon

  • Surface Intake
  • “Flash Skimming” fast and efficient waste removal
  • Easy to install and maintain
  • Refer Installation manual under Product Details before use (Manual contains all three languages German, English and French)

The Comline DOC Skimmer 9004 is designed for use in marine aquariums up to 250 liters (65 US gal.). It operates according to the Tunze Flash Skimming Principle and acquires the water through an efficient surface suction with a surface film removal, and can therefore also be used as a “stand-alone” solution in the aquarium. The TUNZE Foamer generates a large volume of fine air bubbles with a diameter of between 0.1 to 0.3 mm and is especially quiet during operation. Includes magnetic holders for glass up to 1/2″.

SC Aquariums SCA-301 Saltwater Skimmer, 65 gal
SC Aquariums SCA-301 Saltwater Skimmer, 65 gal

SC Aquariums SCA-301 Saltwater Skimmer, 65 gal

 

  • This skimmer is designed to work for salt water tanks up to 65 Gallons of salt water
  • Air Silencer is included
  • Skimmer Size: 4.25″ L x 7″ W x 17″ H Ideal Water Level is 6 to 7″
  • 1 Year Limited Manufacture Warranty
  • Pump specs: 110-120V/60Hz 28watt, (1380 L/h)

Model number: SCA-301This skimmer is designed to work for salt water tanks up to 65 Gallons of salt water. Collection Cup comes with drain tube. Air Silencer is included. Removable cup for convenient cleaning and maintenance. Skimmer Size: 4.25″ L x 7″ W x 17″ H6 Levels of water flow adjustments A 28watt, 1380 Liter/Hour flow Power Head pump is included. Pump specs: 110-120V/60Hz 28watt, (1380 L/h)1 Year Limited Manufacture Warranty.

Blue Ocean PP75 Saltwater Skimmer Aquarium Filter Pump HOB
Blue Ocean PP75 Saltwater Skimmer Aquarium Filter Pump HOB

Blue Ocean PP75 Saltwater Skimmer Aquarium Filter Pump HOB

 

  • Dimensions: 7.75″ x 3.00″ x 17.00″
  • Pump (included): Odyssea 250
  • Size: 50G – 75G
  • Setup: Hang on the Back, Clearance: 5.00″ minimum
  • No manual included. Contact Seller for diagram.

The PP 75 is an easy to use saltwater skimmer that plugs and plays once you install it on the back of an aquarium or sump. Water enters the saltwater skimmer column and flows through the biological chamber before returning to the aquarium. Bubble dwell time is increased by the counter-current flow in the skimmer column. Adjust the height of the collection cup to control foam quality. Includes pump. Contact your Seller for installation assistance.

 

Marineland (Aquaria) AMLMSPS300 300 In-Sump Saltwater Skimmer for Aquarium
Marineland (Aquaria) AMLMSPS300 300 In-Sump Saltwater Skimmer for Aquarium

Marineland (Aquaria) AMLMSPS300 300 In-Sump Saltwater Skimmer for Aquarium

  • Ml In Sump saltwater Skimmer 300 (Aquaria), Protein Skimmers category with model AMLMSPS300
  • Ml In Sump saltwater Skimmer 300 used for Pets
  • Made in USA
  • “Flash Skimming” fast and efficient waste removal
  • Easy to install and maintain

Large Saltwater Skimmers

Reef Octopus Classic BH-2000 Saltwater Skimmer
Reef Octopus Classic BH-2000 Saltwater Skimmer

Reef Octopus Classic BH-2000 Saltwater Skimmer

 

  • For aquariums up to 208 gallons
  • Pump: Aquatrance 2000 Pinwheel
  • Footprint: 10″ X 4″, 21″ tall
  • Installation: Hang-on
  • Adjustable surface skimmer attachment

The Reef Octopus Classic BH-2000 saltwater Skimmer is a favorite hang-on back skimmer. Capable of filtering aquariums from 130 to 208 gallons, the Classic BH-2000 features an easy to install and operate design in which the pump is mounted inside the aquarium. To install, simply place the skimmer on the back of the aquarium, mount the pump in place, adjust the intake strainer and it’s ready to skim. The Reef Octopus Classic BH-2000 is constructed of high-quality acrylic and equipped with a highly-efficient Aquatrance pinwheel pump, which produces an ideal mix of water and air for optimal waste removal.

Reef Octopus Classic 150SSS Saltwater Skimmer
Reef Octopus Classic 150SSS Saltwater Skimmer

Reef Octopus Classic 150SSS Saltwater Skimmer

  • For aquariums up to 210 gallons
  • Pump: Aquatrance 2000S
  • Small Footprint: 7.3″ x 9.45″ | Body Diameter: 6″ | Height: 20.9″
  • Installation: Sump

The Reef Octopus Classic 150SSS saltwater Skimmer supplies powerful filtration for aquariums up to 210 gallons where sump space may be limited. The Reef Octopus Classic 150SSS is constructed of high-quality acrylic that can be completely disassembled for cleaning. Equipped with the new Aquatrance pinwheel pump, it produces an ideal mix of water and air for optimum waste removal. A simple vented wedge valve output provides precision control and allows cleaned water to exit the skimmer below water for quiet operation

SCA-302 180 Gallon Saltwater Skimmer (In Sump) Newest Version by SC Aquariums
SCA-302 180 Gallon Saltwater Skimmer (In Sump) Newest Version by SC Aquariums

SCA-302 180 Gallon Saltwater Skimmer (In Sump) Newest Version by SC Aquariums

 

  • Work with heavy load 180 gallon saltwater aquarium
  • compact size – fit most sump
  • Atman 2000 pump needle impeller pump
  • Newest Version! Silencer and extra large collection cup is standard now!
  • laser cut for seamless assembly

 

 

Coralife Super Saltwater Skimmer with Pump
Coralife Super Saltwater Skimmer with Pump

Coralife Super Saltwater Skimmer with Pump

Size: 125-Gallon

  • Effective addition to saltwater or reef aquarium filtration
  • Patented needle wheel system creates a spiraling vortex of water to remove fine proteins and organic compounds from the aquarium water
  • Highly effective at removing dissolved organic compounds from saltwater aquariums
  • Wide neck collection cup with easy twist feature for effortless cleaning
  • Bubble production diffuser to prevent the flow of micro-bubbles into main aquarium
  • Dual injection inlets increase bubble / water contact time
  • Can be used in sump or with hang on mounting bracket

saltwater skimmers have become a standard component in saltwater and reef aquarium filtration systems as they are very effective at removing dissolved organic compounds from aquarium water. The Coralife Super Skimmer is a high-performance foam fractionator designed with a patented needle-wheel impeller and aspirating venturi. An improved energy saving pump increases the performance of the skimmer without increasing power demand. The needle-wheel system creates a spiraling vortex of water and micro bubbles inside the reaction chamber where the bubbles attract fine proteins and organic compounds and deposit them in the collection cup. The result is a clean and healthy aquarium environment.

Saltwater Skimmer Video