Avast Marine, makers of the Swabbie, have introduced their newest product, the CS2 Black Pearl Recirculating Code Skimmer. Not to rip off Pulp Fiction, but “it’s the one that says Bad A$$ @#$^#$ %#$@#$”. Ok, well, it doesn’t really say that, but it should. This thing is absolutely like nothing you’ve ever seen before (well, other than the CS1).
This skimmer is designed as an external, recirculating skimmer, but can be run both in and out of a sump. Naturally, since it’s recirculating, it is un-effected by the surrounding water-level. You can either feed it with a dedicated feed pump, or simply use a portion of the return using a manifold. For those of you using a bio-pellet reactor, you may choose to either feed it directly using that output, or at the very least play the BP output near the skimmer feed pump.
The Black Pearl smoked acrylic has an additional advantage (asides from the obvious cosmetic one), it will prevent algae from growing inside the body of the skimmer, and therefore reduce the number of times you have to break it down and clean it with water and vinegar.
The CS2 Black Pearl is powered by a Sicce PSK-1000, with a custom-made venturi designed to draw around 1100 lph of air, at approximately 26 watts. The body tapers from 8″ to 4″ and is offset to allow the pump to be connected from below with 2 unions.
Tank Rating: Up to 250 gallons (1000L), heavily stocked.
Footprint: 16″x11″ (406x280mm)
Height: 25″ (635mm), with Swabbie 28.75″ (730mm)
Diameter at Base 8″ (200mm)
Neck diameter: 4″ (100mm)
Collection Cup Diameter: 8″ (200mm)
Collection Cup removal & clearance: press-fit o-ring, requires 3/4″ (19mm) to remove.
Sicce PSK1000 performance: 40 scfh (1100 lph) @ 26w
For in sump or external use; requires approx. 200-400 gph (750-1500 lph) feed pump.
Warranty: 1 year.
The CS2 Black Pearl recirculating cone skimmer sells for $699.99.