25 Best Small Protein Skimmers
for March 2021

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Instant Ocean SeaClone 100 Protein Skimmer, For Optimum Skimming Efficiency

Instant Ocean SeaClone 100 Protein Skimmer

For Optimum Skimming Efficiency

by Instant Ocean
What We like

POWERFUL & EFFICIENT Turbo-Venturi Injector System with Maxi-Jet 1200 pump form protein-laden bubbles

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Product Features

  • CAPACITY Works with any marine aquarium up to 100 gallons
  • PROTEIN SKIMMER Mini vortex skims and removes dissolved wastes from marine aquariums
  • VERSATILE INSTALLATION External hang-on or in-sump installation

Capacity works with any marine aquarium up to 100 gallons Protein skimmer mini vortex skims and removes dissolved wastes from marine aquariums Versatile installation external hang-on or in-sump installation

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Macro Aqua M-50 Mini Hang-on External Protein Skimmer, 60 Gallon

Macro Aqua M-50 Mini Hang-on External Protein Skimmer

60 Gallon

by Ming Trading LLC
What We like

Easy to install and operate. No priming required

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Product Features

  • Small hang-on back skimmer; Water Flow: 238gph
  • High quality protein skimmer for up to 60 gallon tank (depends on stocking)
  • Effectively eliminates organic waste. Simply remove the collection cup to dispose tank waste

Effectively eliminates organic waste. simply remove the collection cup to dispose tank waste Small hang-on back skimmer; water flow: 238gph High quality protein skimmer for up to 60 gallon tank (depends on stocking)

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Bubble Magus BM-Curve 5 Protein Skimmer

Bubble Magus BM-Curve 5 Protein Skimmer

by Deepwater Aquatics Distribution
What We like

SP1000 internal pump

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Product Features

  • High performance pump included
  • Tanks up to 140 gallons

Tanks up to 140 gallons High performance pump included

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Coralife Biocube Protein Skimmer

Coralife Biocube Protein Skimmer

by Central Garden & Pet
What We like

Slender design, self-priming pump, cone shaped inner chamber assists in active skimming

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Product Features

  • Made in China
  • Age range description: All Life Stages
  • Package Dimensions : 6.1 L x 28.4 H x 12.7 W (centimeters)

Package dimensions : 6.1 l x 28.4 h x 12.7 w (centimeters) Age range description: all life stages Made in china

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Fluval Sea Mini Protein Skimmer, 5-10 Gallon, Black, 14324

Fluval Sea Mini Protein Skimmer

5-10 Gallon, Black, 14324

by Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp.
What We like

Large reaction chamber mixes air and water effectively to remove organic waste from water molecules

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Product Features

  • Adjustable flow regulators control amount of air entering reaction chamber to produce perfect amount of "skimmate"
  • Adjustable water-level control valve regulates skimming performance
  • Versatile mounting options - adjustable hanging bracket and suction cups included

Versatile mounting options - adjustable hanging bracket and suction cups included Adjustable water-level control valve regulates skimming performance Adjustable flow regulators control amount of air entering reaction chamber to produce perfect amount of "skimmate"

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IceCap K1-Nano Protein Skimmer

IceCap K1-Nano Protein Skimmer

by IceCap
What We like

In-Sump Installation Only

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Product Features

  • Bubble Dispersant Chamber
  • Magnet Mount
  • Pipeless Output Valve
  • Solid PVC & Acrylic Construction

Pipeless output valve Bubble dispersant chamber Magnet mount Solid pvc & acrylic construction

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Fluval Sea PS1 Protein Skimmer for Aquarium

Fluval Sea PS1 Protein Skimmer for Aquarium

by Fluval
What We like

Designed to prevent bubbles from escaping skimmer system

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Product Features

  • Low energy consumption
  • Suitable for aquariums up to 45 gallons
  • Works to provide marine aquariums with pure reef like conditions
  • Easy to install; Silent operation

Works to provide marine aquariums with pure reef like conditions Low energy consumption Easy to install; silent operation Suitable for aquariums up to 45 gallons

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Marine Color RDC 150 Hanging On Internal Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer 40 Gallon Saltwater Aquarium

Marine Color RDC 150 Hanging On Internal Needle Wheel Protein Skimmer 40 Gallon Saltwater Aquarium

by Marine Color
What We like

Fashionable design: All skimmer is built with high quality RED and white pipe fittings

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Product Features

  • High Efficiency pin wheel pump
  • All material is made of high quality CAST ACRYLIC. And our professional laser engraving machine ensures the reliable quality and accuracy of every products
  • Saving area footprint design is especially suitable for using in small footprint sump.
  • Complete standard cone reaction chamber designs make the skimmer collects bubble smoothly and stable

Saving area footprint design is especially suitable for using in small footprint sump. All material is made of high quality cast acrylic. and our professional laser engraving machine ensures the reliable quality and accuracy of every products Complete standard cone reaction chamber designs make the skimmer collects bubble smoothly and stable High efficiency pin wheel pump

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SC Aquariums SCA-301 Protein Skimmer, 65 gal

SC Aquariums SCA-301 Protein Skimmer

65 gal

by SC Aquariums
What We like

Skimmer Size: 4.25" L x 7" W x 17" H Ideal Water Level is 6 to 7"

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Product Features

  • Pump specs: 110-120V/60Hz 28watt, (1380 L/h)
  • Air Silencer is included
  • This skimmer is designed to work for salt water tanks up to 65 Gallons of salt water

Air silencer is included This skimmer is designed to work for salt water tanks up to 65 gallons of salt water Pump specs: 110-120v/60hz 28watt, (1380 l/h)

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IceCap K1-100 Protein Skimmer

IceCap K1-100 Protein Skimmer

by IceCap
What We like

Footprint: 4.5" x 7.5" | Reaction Chamber: 4" | Height: 19"

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Product Features

  • Solid PVC & Acrylic Construction
  • Distinctive Turbulence Reducing Body
  • Bubble Dispersant Chamber
  • In-Sump Installation Only

Bubble dispersant chamber In-sump installation only Distinctive turbulence reducing body Solid pvc & acrylic construction

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Reef Octopus Classic 152-S Protein Skimmer

Reef Octopus Classic 152-S Protein Skimmer

by Reef Octopus
What We like

Rated up to 158gal

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Product Features

  • Dim: 10.4" x 8.1" x 20.7"
  • Classic 6" Compact Skimmer w/ AQ1800s

Classic 6" compact skimmer w/ aq1800s Dim: 10.4" x 8.1" x 20.7"

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Reef Octopus BH90 Hang on Protein Skimmer

Reef Octopus BH90 Hang on Protein Skimmer

by Reef Octopus
What We like

Rated up to 130gal

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Product Features

  • 4" Round Body HOB Skimmer w/external AQ1000s
  • Dim: 7.5" x 7.5" x 23.8"

4" round body hob skimmer w/external aq1000s Dim: 7.5" x 7.5" x 23.8"

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ASM Protein Skimmer Sedra 3500 Replacement Pump

ASM Protein Skimmer Sedra 3500 Replacement Pump

by ASM Protein Skimmers
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Innovative Marine Nuvoskim DC Protein Skimmer (Midsize)

Innovative Marine Nuvoskim DC Protein Skimmer (Midsize)

by Innovative Marine
What We like

Fits all Midsize Innovative Marine Fusion AIO (all in one) aquariums. (Nuvo Fusion 30L, Nuvo Fusion 40 and Nuvo Fusion Lagoon 50) | Suspended Pump Design.

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Product Features

  • Noise Reducing Rubber Feet | Ultra Quiet DC Powered Needle Wheel Impeller Pump
  • Drop In Convenience with Airline Management
  • Low Profile Cup Design | Bubble Plate Diffuser
  • Dual Silencers (Internal & External). Enlarged Air Silencer Box

Noise reducing rubber feet | ultra quiet dc powered needle wheel impeller pump Dual silencers (internal & external). enlarged air silencer box Drop in convenience with airline management Low profile cup design | bubble plate diffuser

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Simplicity 120DC Protein Skimmer

Simplicity 120DC Protein Skimmer

by Simplicity
What We like

Cone shape design

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Product Features

  • For tanks up to 120 gallons
  • Collection cup drain with cap
  • Adjustable DC pump speed

For tanks up to 120 gallons Collection cup drain with cap Adjustable dc pump speed

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Protein Skimmers for Saltwater Aquariums up to 210 Gallons Fish Tank Cast Acrylic Protein Skimmer Ultra Quiet Needle Pinwheel DC Pump 23W for Big Tank Water Flow and Air Flow Adjustable

IOAOI Protein Skimmers for Saltwater Aquariums up to 210 Gallons Fish Tank Cast Acrylic Protein Skimmer Ultra Quiet Needle Pinwheel DC Pump 23W for Big Tank Water Flow and Air Flow Adjustable

by IOAOI
What We like

The IOAOI protein skimmer is equipped with an LED controller. The operation and the status could been seen easily. The water flow of the pump could be adjusted as required. And there are 20 gears, the power consumption of which is from 4W to 23W.

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Product Features

  • Foot Print/Height: 9*6.9/20 in. Recommended sump water depth: 7" to 9".
  • 23W pinwheel DC water pump adopts advanced frequency conversion technology, high efficiency and energy saving. Ultra quiet. Multi-gear adjustment.

23w pinwheel dc water pump adopts advanced frequency conversion technology, high efficiency and energy saving. ultra quiet. multi-gear adjustment. Foot print/height: 9*6.9/20 in. recommended sump water depth: 7" to 9".

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Comline DOC Protein Skimmer 9001

Tunze Comline DOC Protein Skimmer 9001

by Tunze
What We like

Energy Efficient

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Product Features

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

Compact size For fittings refer to user manual. Includes magnet mount

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IceCap K1-130 Protein Skimmer

IceCap K1-130 Protein Skimmer

by IceCap
What We like

The IceCap K1-130 is a remarkably compact skimmer that offers a new level of refined filtration for marine aquariums ranging from 80 to 140 gallons. All aspects of the skimmer were implemented to surpass many challenges other skimmers on the market miss out on.

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Product Features

  • Includes EVair 400 skimmer pump
  • For aquariums up to: 140 gallons, light bio load; 100 gallons, medium bio load; and 80 gallons, heavy bio load.
  • In-sump installation only. Recommended sump water height: 6" to 8". Footprint: 5.6" X 7.3", 19" tall.
  • Distinctive turbulence reducing body. Solid PVC & acrylic construction. Bubble dispersant chamber. Novel pipeless output valve.

In-sump installation only. recommended sump water height: 6" to 8". footprint: 5.6" x 7.3", 19" tall. Includes evair 400 skimmer pump Distinctive turbulence reducing body. solid pvc & acrylic construction. bubble dispersant chamber. novel pipeless output valve. For aquariums up to: 140 gallons, light bio load; 100 gallons, medium bio load; and 80 gallons, heavy bio load.

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Blue Ocean PP75 Protein Skimmer Aquarium Filter Pump HOB

Blue Ocean PP75 Protein Skimmer Aquarium Filter Pump HOB

by Blue Ocean
What We like

Setup: Hang on the Back, Clearance: 5.00" minimum

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Product Features

  • Dimensions: 7.75" x 3.00" x 17.00"
  • Size: 50G - 75G
  • Pump (included): Odyssea 250

Pump (included): odyssea 250 Dimensions: 7.75" x 3.00" x 17.00" Size: 50g - 75g

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Reef Octopus Classic 202-S Protein Skimmer

Reef Octopus Classic 202-S Protein Skimmer

by Reef Octopus
What We like

Water Height: 7 - 9in

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Product Features

  • Super Cone Body Size: 8.27in to 5.12in
  • Footprint: 12.4in x 10in
  • In-Sump Application

Super cone body size: 8.27in to 5.12in Footprint: 12.4in x 10in In-sump application

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Reef Octopus Classic BH-2000 Protein Skimmer

Reef Octopus Classic BH-2000 Protein Skimmer

by Reef Octopus
What We like

Adjustable surface skimmer attachment

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Product Features

  • Installation: Hang-on
  • For aquariums up to 208 gallons
  • Footprint: 10" X 4", 21" tall
  • Pump: Aquatrance 2000 Pinwheel

Pump: aquatrance 2000 pinwheel Installation: hang-on Footprint: 10" x 4", 21" tall For aquariums up to 208 gallons

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Reef Octopus Classic 100-HOB Protein Skimmer

Reef Octopus Classic 100-HOB Protein Skimmer

by Reef Octopus
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Innovative Marine BioSkim DC AIO Nano Protein Skimmer - Universal

Innovative Marine BioSkim DC AIO Nano Protein Skimmer

Universal

by Innovative Marine
What We like

Bubble Plate Diffuser | Low Profile Cup | For Marine / Saltwater Use Only | *NOTE: Allow One Week to Break In and Remove Microbubbles | Amazon handles returned items and inspects/qualifies to resell them

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Product Features

  • Fits Most AIO and Tank Alone Aquariums | Measure area of your aquarium First | Dimensions: 4" x 2.3" x 11.2" | Turn on Only After Tank has Completely Cycled or Excess Microbubbles Maybe Produced
  • First: Measure Area of Your Tank to See if this skimmer will fit | Rated for up to 34 Gallons | Drop In Convenience | Fits into Coralife biocube 16 (middle chamber) and 32 (pump section)
  • Waterline indicator | External Air Silencer | Dry Skim Convex Lid | DOES NOT COME WITH RUBBER FEET
  • Low Voltage Direct Current Needle Wheel Pump | Adjustable Height Hanger | Questions About the pump? Please Message Us

Fits most aio and tank alone aquariums | measure area of your aquarium first | dimensions: 4" x 2.3" x 11.2" | turn on only after tank has completely cycled or excess microbubbles maybe produced First: measure area of your tank to see if this skimmer will fit | rated for up to 34 gallons | drop in convenience | fits into coralife biocube 16 (middle chamber) and 32 (pump section) Low voltage direct current needle wheel pump | adjustable height hanger | questions about the pump? please message us Waterline indicator | external air silencer | dry skim convex lid | does not come with rubber feet

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CPR Aquatic Accela Replacement Pump for Bak Pak Protein Skimmer

CPR Aquatic Accela Replacement Pump for Bak Pak Protein Skimmer

by CPR Aquatic
What We like

UL listed with a 6 ft. grounded plug

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Product Features

  • Includes venturi tubing, venturi valve and intake strainer
  • Less restriction on the pump results inlonger pump lif
  • Modest power consumption- 20% less than the Maxi-jet 120
  • Increased air to water rati

Increased air to water rati Less restriction on the pump results inlonger pump lif Modest power consumption- 20% less than the maxi-jet 120 Includes venturi tubing, venturi valve and intake strainer

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Simplicity 320DC Protein Skimmer

Simplicity 320DC Protein Skimmer

by Simplicity
What We like

Cone shape design

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Product Features

  • For tanks up to 320 gallons
  • Adjustable DC pump speed
  • Collection cup drain with cap
  • Small foot print

Small foot print Adjustable dc pump speed For tanks up to 320 gallons Collection cup drain with cap

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