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Top 8 Skimmer Picks: In-Sump Models

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In-sump protein skimmers offer the widest variety of skimming methods for aquarist, today. Air, venturi, spray bar, needle wheel and downdraft driven models are available from a number of manufacturers. Sump mounted skimmers are much easier to configure with use of mechanical and biological filtration hardware, which makes them quite versatile.

Aqua Medic Turboflotor 1000 Blue Hang-On Skimmer

Turboflotor Blue 1000 Skimmer
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Great new skimmer design gives you one-pump, hang-on convenience. Use the versatile Turboflotor Blue 1000 as a hang-on unit or mount inside or outside of a filter sump. Patented water flow extends contact time within the reaction chamber and the powerful Aqua Medic needle wheel pump with venturi air intake optimizes air intake and bubble size to ensure high waste removal. Made of high quality acrylic. For aquariums up to 125 gallons. 3-3/4" x 7" x 18-1/2" high.
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Aqua Medic Turboflotor 1000 Classic Protein Skimmer

Aqua Medic Turboflotor 1000 Classic
With its compact design and quiet and efficient needle wheel technology, this in-sump skimmer takes up little space and operates with the use of a powerhead pump.
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Aqua Medic Turboflotor 1000 Multi Protein Skimmer

Aqua Medic Turboflotor 1000 Multi Protein Skimmer
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A versatile skimmer, it can be used as hang on, fixed outside of the aquarium frame as well as inside or outside of a sump in a cabinet. This skimmer is driven by a venturi pump using the same needle wheel technology as the Turbofloter 1000 Classic above.

AquaC Urchin Protein Skimmers

AquaC Urchin Pro In-Sump Protein Skimmer
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These units are the in-sump versions of the AquaC Remora hang-on-tank skimmers. They are super-slim, compact, Patented Injection System driven skimmers that can be installed in seconds and come complete with pumps. Available in two models for tanks either from 20 up to 75 gallons or 40 up to 120 gallons.

Berlin X2 Skimmers

Berlin X2 Protein Skimmer
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Re-designed Berlin X2 Skimmers boast 50% performance improvement. Upgraded units remove even the smallest amount of waste materials thanks to their patented triple-Pass design. Berlin X2 Turbo features new, high efficiency pinwheel impeller for more super fine, waste removing bubbles. Berlin X2 Venturi features new, high performance venturi air injector and improved water throughput for efficient protein skimming. Ozone-resistant X2 Venturi is ideal for use with an ozonizer. Hang-on kit comes standard for versatile installation.
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Coralife Super Skimmer Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer

Coralife Skimmer
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Needle-wheel system with aspirating Venturi creates micro-bubbles to vigorously remove dissolved proteins. Water/air mixture creates greater foam production, and angled dual injection outlets increase contact time within the reaction chamber. Adjustable water-level dial stabilizes water flow for outstanding control over foam consistency. Features bubble diffuser to prevent bubbles from flowing into your aquarium and an easy-twist collection cup with drain line (Models 125 & 220) for quick and effortless cleaning. High grade acrylic construction. Includes everything for convenient hang-on or in-sump setup.
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Hydor Performer Protein Skimmers

Hydor Performer Protein Skimmers
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Hydor Performer Protein Skimmers are equipped with an adjustable outlet/return system and an efficient foam-generating pump with special Rotomix brush impeller. The adjustable outlet/return can be set at different heights for precision control without compromising water volume within the reaction chamber. Performer Protein Skimmers employ Hydor Seltz pumps for super efficient water circulation and foam production. The result is reliable waste removal, high air concentration in main chamber, very low noise level, and low energy consumption.
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Red Sea C-Skim 1200 Advanced Protein Skimmer

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Designed for placement in or next to a sump, the C-Skim 1200 can be powered by your aquarium main flow pump or 400gph separate pump. A dedicated closed loop aspiration pump gives over 120 gallons per hour of air. All controls are on one face, making setup and maintenance a breeze. Regulate foam height easily using an integrated adjustment lever and patented "FoamViewTM" window. A 3-position lever on the same face allows you to lower water levels for routine maintenance without unplugging pumps or uncoupling any fittings. Or flip the lever down to engage the C-Skim's innovative neck washing system. Performed daily, this feature increases skimmer efficiency by over 40%, ensuring peak performance! Aspiration pump included.
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