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INS80 Protein Skimmer
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INS80 Protein Skimmer
In Sump protein skimmer.

SRP: $249.95

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Product Code: INS80

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How we rate our skimmers.

Euro-Reef was THE FIRST* manufacturer to publish realistic 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 INS80 is rated to filter up to 250 gallons of total system water volume when compared with other like sized products on the market.

IDEAL: The INS80 is ideal for "Mixed Reef" aquarium systems with a total capacity of +/- 80 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 INS80 is ideal for "Fish Only" aquarium systems with a total capacity of +/- 60 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 INS80 is ideal for "SPS" aquarium systems with a total capacity of +/- 60 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.

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* (Circa 1996)

Reef Dynamics Customer Review of INS80
  • Ideally suited for "Reef" aquarium systems of 80 gallons with a medium/average bio-load
  • Ideally suited for "Fish Only" or "SPS" aquarium systems of 50 gallons with a heavy bio-load
  • Pin-Wheel Pump Included
  • Energy Efficient
  • Quiet Operation
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 | Total Reviews: 4 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Excellent skimmer January 25, 2015
Reviewer: Matt from Bixby, OK United States  
I've had this skimmer for a few months now and all I can say is this thing rocks. Over the years I have used reef octopus, vertex, and tuze skimmers and this thing blows them out of the water. I bought this skimmer to replace a reef octopus skimmer on a 65 rimless tank. I thought the reef octopus was a decent  skimmer but after installing the Reef Dynamic INS180 skimmer I was blown away how much more waste this thing was pulling out. I will be replacing the skimmers on my other tanks with Reef Dynamic skimmers as soon as possible.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Ins 80 wow February 5, 2014
Reviewer: Jay Dodson from Meridian, Idaho  
Hands down the best skimmers on the market
Great quality and the best customer service anywhere!
Owner will email you personally and help you!
What are you waiting for but one now!

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Skimmers October 21, 2011
Reviewer: Corey Knight from Crozet VA  
these skimmers really have no contest when it comes to keeping tanks clean and because they have real ratings you can make sure to get the skimmer thats right for your aquarium i had red slime for months and after putting this skimmer on the slime was gone in a few days

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
AMAZING August 26, 2011
Reviewer: Matt from Illinois  
Hey everyone i have 2 of these skimmers. one on a 55 FO tank with lions, a marine betta, and a ribbon eel.

these things are great. they pull out amazing skim. the other is on a mantis tank thats 46 gallons.

i cant say enough about them. easy to use and easy to adjust. very simply plug and play.

thanks reef dynamics for making a great skimmer

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