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Protein Skimmers


Direct Aquarium is proud to offer numerous lines of leading protein skimmers.

Protein skimmers are a critical part to the maintenance of your reef or saltwater tank. Too much protein in the water means that ammonia is building up, which can kill the valuable fish and corals in your aquarium. 

Protein skimmers work by pumping water from the tank into a reaction chamber.  Once in the reaction chamber, a stream of air bubbles is forced into a column of water.  As the bubbles work their way through the water, protein molecules stick to them.  Then, as the bubbles rise, the protein rises with the bubbles, creating a slurry of protein filled floating foam that is collected by the skimmer. 

Several different configurations of protein skimmers are generally offered.  Hang-on units sit on the back of the aquarium and use a waterfall spout to return the water back to the tank.  In-sump filter systems simply sit right inside your existing sump or next to it. 

Originally, the design of protein skimmers used an airstone to inject the bubbles that collect the protein, but new innovations in protein skimmers utilize a high pressure water pump as an injector.  Such methods include the use of a Venturi valve or a Needle Wheel/Turbo style impeller.  These new designs allow for better contact time between the air bubbles and the protein, allowing for a more efficient collection of excess protein in your tank. 

Protein skimmers are key to the health of your saltwater or reef tank

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Aqua Medic Turboflotor T5000 Shorty Compact Protein Skimmer
Aqua Medic Turboflotor T5000 Shorty Compact Protein Skimmer
Our Price: $579.99 In Stock

Aqua Medic Turboflotor T5000 Shorty Compact Protein Skimmer
Aqua Medic Turboflotor 1000 Multi SL Hang On Protein Skimmer
Aqua Medic Turboflotor 1000 Multi SL Hang On Protein Skimmer
Our Price: $266.79 In Stock

Aqua Medic Turboflotor 1000 Multi SL Hang On Protein Skimmer
Aqua Medic OceanRunner Replacement Pump for T5000 Protein Skimmer OR3700
Aqua Medic OceanRunner Replacement Pump for T5000 Protein Skimmer OR3700
Our Price: $150.79 In Stock

Aqua Medic OceanRunner Replacement Pump for T5000 Protein Skimmer OR3700
Aqua Medic Turboflotor 1000 Protein Skimmer T-1000
Aqua Medic Turboflotor 1000 Protein Skimmer T-1000
Our Price: $150.34 In Stock

Aqua Medic Turboflotor 1000 Protein Skimmer T-1000
AquaC EV-120 Protein Skimmer
AquaC EV-120 Protein Skimmer
Our Price: $307.67 In Stock

AquaC EV-120 Protein Skimmer
AquaC EV-180 Protein Skimmer
AquaC EV-180 Protein Skimmer
Our Price: $389.99 In Stock

AquaC EV-180 Protein Skimmer
AquaC EV-240 Protein Skimmer
AquaC EV-240 Protein Skimmer
Our Price: $410.57 In Stock

AquaC EV-240 Protein Skimmer
AquaC Surface Prefilter Box for Remora Pro with Rio 1400 pump
AquaC Surface Prefilter Box for Remora Pro with Rio 1400 pump
Our Price: $42.29 In Stock

AquaC Surface Prefilter Box for Remora Pro with Rio 1400 pump
AquaC Surface Prefilter Box for Remora with Mag 3 pump
AquaC Surface Prefilter Box for Remora with Mag 3 pump
Our Price: $42.99 In Stock

AquaC Surface Prefilter Box for Remora with Mag 3 pump
AquaC Surface Prefilter Box for Remora with Maxijet 1200 pump
AquaC Surface Prefilter Box for Remora with Maxijet 1200 pump
Our Price: $27.99 In Stock

AquaC Surface Prefilter Box for Remora with Maxijet 1200 pump
AquaC Urchin Skimmer with Maxi-Jet 1200 Pump
AquaC Urchin Skimmer with Maxi-Jet 1200 Pump
Our Price: $164.00 In Stock

AquaC Urchin Skimmer with Maxi-Jet 1200 Pump
AquaC Urchin Pro Skimmer with Mag 3 Pump
AquaC Urchin Pro Skimmer with Mag 3 Pump
Our Price: $226.99 In Stock

AquaC Urchin Pro Skimmer with Mag 3 Pump
AquaC Remora & Urchin Replacement Cup O-Ring
AquaC Remora & Urchin Replacement Cup O-Ring
Our Price: $3.27 In Stock

AquaC Remora & Urchin Replacement Cup O-Ring
AquaC Remora Pro & Urchin Pro Replacement Cup O-Ring
AquaC Remora Pro & Urchin Pro Replacement Cup O-Ring
Our Price: $3.27 In Stock

AquaC Remora Pro & Urchin Pro Replacement Cup O-Ring
AquaC Replacement Cup for Remora/Urchin Protein Skimmers
AquaC Replacement Cup for Remora/Urchin Protein Skimmers
Our Price: $35.01 In Stock

AquaC Replacement Cup for Remora/Urchin Protein Skimmers
AquaC Replacement Cup for Remora/Urchin Protein Skimmers w/ Drain Fittings
AquaC Replacement Cup for Remora/Urchin Protein Skimmers w/ Drain Fittings
Our Price: $41.45 In Stock

AquaC Replacement Cup for Remora/Urchin Protein Skimmers w/ Drain Fittings
AquaC Replacement Cup for Remora Pro/Urchin Pro Protein Skimmers
AquaC Replacement Cup for Remora Pro/Urchin Pro Protein Skimmers
Our Price: $35.24 In Stock

AquaC Replacement Cup for Remora Pro/Urchin Pro Protein Skimmers
AquaC Replacement Cup for Remora Pro/Urchin Pro Protein Skimmers w/ Drain Fitting
AquaC Replacement Cup for Remora Pro/Urchin Pro Protein Skimmers w/ Drain Fitting
Our Price: $51.26 In Stock

AquaC Replacement Cup for Remora Pro/Urchin Pro Protein Skimmers w/ Drain Fitting
AquaC Remora Protein Skimmer with Maxijet 1200 Pump
AquaC Remora Protein Skimmer with Maxijet 1200 Pump
Our Price: $176.99 In Stock

AquaC Remora Protein Skimmer with Maxijet 1200 Pump
AquaC Remora Protein Skimmer with Maxijet 1200 Pump and Drain Fitting
AquaC Remora Protein Skimmer with Maxijet 1200 Pump and Drain Fitting
Our Price: $174.00 In Stock

AquaC Remora Protein Skimmer with Maxijet 1200 Pump and Drain Fitting
AquaC Remora Pro Protein Skimmer with Mag 3 Pump
AquaC Remora Pro Protein Skimmer with Mag 3 Pump
Our Price: $226.99 In Stock

AquaC Remora Pro Protein Skimmer with Mag 3 Pump
AquaC Remora Pro Protein Skimmer with Mag 3 Pump & Drain Fitting
AquaC Remora Pro Protein Skimmer with Mag 3 Pump & Drain Fitting
Our Price: $226.99 In Stock

AquaC Remora Pro Protein Skimmer with Mag 3 Pump & Drain Fitting
AquaC Nano Remora Protein Skimmer
AquaC Nano Remora Protein Skimmer
Our Price: $127.99 In Stock

AquaC Nano Remora Protein Skimmer
AquaC Remora Protein Skimmer with Rio 800 Pump
AquaC Remora Protein Skimmer with Rio 800 Pump
Our Price: $158.99 In Stock

AquaC Remora Protein Skimmer with Rio 800 Pump
AquaC Remora Pro Protein Skimmer with Rio 1400 Pump
AquaC Remora Pro Protein Skimmer with Rio 1400 Pump
Our Price: $208.00 In Stock

AquaC Remora Pro Protein Skimmer with Rio 1400 Pump