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INS250 Protein Skimmer
Protein Skimmer Model INS250
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INS250 Protein Skimmer
In Sump protein skimmer.
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How we rate our skimmers.
Euro-Reef was THE FIRST* manufacturer to publish
ratings for our protein skimmers and at Reef Dynamics we follow in that tradition and conviction. We offer both "Capacity" and "Ideal"" ratings for all of our products so that you can properly compare them against the other products.
CAPACITY: The INS250 is rated to filter up to 800 gallons of total system water volume when compared with other like sized products on the market.
IDEAL: The INS250 is ideal for "Mixed Reef" aquarium systems with a total capacity of +/- 250 gallons with a medium/average bio-load. A "Mixed Reef" system is typically comprised of a mixture of soft corals, hard corals and a small fish population along with a few small crustaceans etc. These systems typically put out less DOC's that the heavier stocked "Fish Only" Systems and have less restrictive requirements on water quality than "SPS" systems
IDEAL: The INS250 is ideal for "Fish Only" aquarium systems with a total capacity of +/- 200 gallons, especially those that do not use any live rock or sand, typically have a much higher bio-load when compared to the same sized Reef Aquarium and therefore require a far more powerful protein skimmer. The reason for this is that fish with a similar physical "biomass" to a given coral or colony of corals release substantially more waste that the coral, and this puts a greater amount of DOC's - specifically urine and fecal matter- into the water column.
IDEAL: The INS250 is ideal for "SPS" aquarium systems with a total capacity of +/- 200 gallons with a heavy bio-load. "SPS" systems (aquaria with a focus on Small Polyped Stony corals) benefit from a high rate of organic extraction as it promotes and enhances coloration in corals by limiting the nutrients available to the symbiotic algae (Zooxanthellae) living within there tissue. In addition, a high rate of organic and particulate extraction increases the clarity of the water which in turn enhances the penetration of UV rays that stimulate the development of the corals colorful UV protective materials. Increased water clarity also optimizes the efficiency of the Zooxanthellae a thus decreases the number of the protozoa required to provide the coral with the food (glucose) it takes up in exchange for the CO2 produced by the coral through normal biological processes.
How to choose the right skimmer for your aquarium.
Choosing the right skimmer for your aquarium is all about understanding "Bio-Load". When a skimmer can handle the bio-load of the system, it will actually “idle” when the level of Dissolved Organic Compounds ( DOC’s) drops low enough to limit fractionation. i.e., there aren’t enough DOC’s to form a stable head of Foamate. When a skimmer cannot handle the bio-load, it will continuously be creating foamate and skimmate and never “idle”. This is a clear indication that the skimmer is undersized for the system and should be upgraded or modified to handle the existing bio-load. Most skimmer manufactures base their system rating or capacity on one simple premise: Economy While this rating system makes it look like you are getting more bang for your buck, in most cases it will do little to actually achieve the purpose of a protein skimmer! To get the most out of a skimmer and optimize your investment dollars, you must purchase a well engineered, properly rated protein skimmer. At Reef Dynamics, that's exactly what we do.
What is a Protein Skimmer and what does it do?
“Protein Skimming” or “Foam Fractionation” is a process of removing Dissolved Organic Compounds (DOC’s) from seawater by way of ionic attraction and adhesion. DOC’s are ionically attracted to the surface of the tiny bubbles created by the skimmer pump or airstone.
As the bubbles rise in the skimmers “Reaction Chamber”, their surface becomes coated with these DOC’s and when they reach the top of the skimmer, they condense in a frothy head called “Foamate”, much like the billows of foam you might find on the seashore after a storm. The foamate is pushed over the “Neck” of the skimmer where is falls down into the "Cup" and liquefies (like beer when it over-foams in a glass). This concentrated liquid is called “Skimmate” and is a collection of DOC’s, algae, miscellaneous floating particles, and water.
The removal of this DOC’s is critical in providing optimal water quality in closed marine aquarium systems. If the skimmer is correctly sized for the system, it will be able to remove most if not all of the DOC’s before they become oxidized by nitrifying bacteria. Since the job of these bacteria is to convert DOC's into Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate, subverting this process is ideal since the goal is to limit the accumulation of Nitrates and other toxins in the system.
* (Circa 1996)
Sump Space Required For Skimmer/ Footprint: 12 " x 14 "
Total Height Required: 30"
Ideal Water Level: 9" Constant
Reaction Chamber & Cup Diameter: 8"
Reaction Chamber Volume: 3.7 Gallons
Pump Inlet Size: 1"
Water Outlet Size: 1½"
Pump (included): Modified EcoPlus 1584 Water Pump
Pump Consumption With Maximum Air Intake: 60 Watts @ 115/120 VAC 60hz
Air Intake: 1080-1200 lph
Water Flow Through: 600 gph+/ Depending On Air:Water Ratio
Limited Lifetime Warranty
About How We Rate Our Protein Skimmers.
The INS250 will filter up to 800 gallons of total system water volume when compared with other like sized products on the market.
For "Reef" aquarium systems of 250 gallons with a medium/average bio-load."Fish Only" systems, especially those that do not use any live rock or sand, typically have a much higher bio-load when compared to the same sized Reef Aquarium and therefore require a far more powerful protein skimmer. The reason for this is that fish with a similar physical "biomass" to a given coral or colony of corals release substantially more waste that the coral, and this puts a greater amount of dissolved organic compounds (DOC's - specifically urine and fecal matter) into the water column.
For "Fish Only" or "SPS" aquarium systems of 200 gallons with a heavy bio-load. "SPS" Systems (aquaria with a focus on Small Polyped Stony corals) benefit from a high rate of organic extraction as it promotes and enhances coloration in corals by limiting the nutrients available to the symbiotic algae (Zooxanthellae) living within there tissue. In addition, a high rate of organic and particulate extraction increases the clarity of the water which in turn enhances the penetration of UV rays that stimulate the development of the corals colorful UV protective materials. Increased water clarity also optimizes the efficiency of the Zooxanthellae a thus decreases the number of the protozoa required to provide the coral with the food (glucose) it takes up in exchange for the CO2 produced by the coral through normal biological processes.
Details About Our Technology
No Needle-Wheels Here! Design Does Matter!
The Pin-Wheel impeller is the heart of the Reef Dynamics protein skimmer. Instead of weakly chopping the small amount of air pulled in by a needle wheel, our Pin-Wheel impeller literally shreds the huge amount air inducted by our uniquely CNC machined Venturis into the smallest bubbles produced by any commercially available protein skimmer in the world!! These micro-sized bubbles provide an incredible surface area for organic attraction and make Reef Dynamics skimmers the organic extraction MONSTERS of the marine aquarium hobby!!
“Pump up the Volume” with less juice!
Each model comes with a perfectly matched pump that supplies the protein skimmers reaction chamber with a balanced flow of air and water insuring the best possible performance. The power consumption of these pumps is extremely low because of the reduction in resistance/ drag on the motor when using our Pin-Wheel impeller. The pumps also run very quietly, enhancing the “seen but not heard” profile in your filtration system.
In addition to the matched pumps and Pin-Wheel impellers, all Reef Dynamics protein skimmers come with an airline control valve that allows you to control the amount of air the pump pulls in versus the amount of water it pushes through. This feature is critical when you need exact control of the skimmers performance.
High quality gray SPEARS SCH40 PVC parts allow the foam adjustment/ outlet assembly to provide optimal flexibility when dialing in wet or dry foam. This makes it easier than ever to dial in the type of skimmate you want to produce! In addition, the new outlet assembly comes with a 90º elbow so you can adjust the direction of the return water flow anywhere you want. Insane Skimmate!
The extra large collection cup is easier to remove than any other skimmer on the market as all Reef Dynamics protein skimmers are fitted with our unique quick disconnect union. This union provides for a “Zero” height clearance requirement for removal of the cup for service. No more bayonets, or endless spinning of traditional PVC unions (does anyone still make those silly thumb screw/ key slot disconnects??). Simply unlock with a 1/8 counter clockwise turn and slide off!!
The Bottom Line
All of these features converge to make the Reef Dynamics protein skimmers some of the most sought after products in the marine aquarium hobby, not only because of the Quality they offer or the Performance they provide, but because of the Value they represent. Those ideals when combined with first class Service makes the decision easy. When the time comes to invest in a protein skimmer…
Get the best protein skimmer the first time
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Ideally suited for "Mixed Reef" aquarium systems of 250 gallons with a medium/average bio-load
Ideally suited for "Fish Only" or "SPS" aquarium systems of 200 gallons with a heavy bio-load
Pin-Wheel Pump Included
Limited Lifetime Warranty
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