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We wanted to share a couple of videos of the Reef Dynamics INS 100 at work. The first shows the skimmer the day after the user installed it, and the second shows it working after several months. Jeff Macare, owner of Reef Dynamics did instruct the user to lower the bubble level in the neck in order to produce less, but more concentrated, skimmate. There’s always a discussion going on between hobbyists who like to skim wet vs. dry. Personally I try to skim dry as to not impact salinity as much. Our system uses a very large skimmer, and a huge skimmer cup, and if we let it fill, we would be draining gallons of saltwater from our system, which would be replaced by our auto top off. That would drop the salinity drastically every week. But I digress.
The INS100 Protein Skimmer from Reef Dynamics can filter up to 300 gallons of total system water volume, but should be used on medium bio-load reef systems of 100 gallons, or a heavily stocked 80 gallon system. Here are some specs:
Sump Space Required For Skimmer/ Footprint: 8.5″ x10″
Total Height Required: 20″
Ideal Water Level: 6.5″ Constant
Reaction Chamber & Cup Diameter: 6″
Reaction Chamber Volume: XXX Gallons
Pump Inlet Size: ¾”
Water Outlet Size: 1¼”
Pump (included): Modified EcoPlus 633 Water Pump
Pump Consumption With Maximum Air Intake: 28 Watts @ 115/120 VAC 60hz
Air Intake: 420-480 lph
Water Flow Through: 200 gph+/ Depending On Air:Water Ratio
Posted on Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 at 5:30 pm
Here is the first video we are featuring from our good friend Jeff Macare of Reef Dynamics. Jeff, previously of Euro-Reef, founded Reef Dynamics in an effort to build on some of the fundamental protein skimmer design elements he developed at Euro-Reef.
In this particular video, Jeff talks about the design and materials used in protein skimmers. Jeff begins by examines co-current and con-current protein skimmers, and the implications of each on the bubble contact time. Next Jeff discusses the impact of sump water level and pump positioning on the efficiency of the protein skimmer.
This discussion leads into the discussion of bubble plates. This controversial section addresses whether a bubble plate is beneficial or detrimental in hobbyist sized skimmers.
After a quick history of the origins of bubble plates, Jeff explains why he decided not to use them in his skimmer design.
Next, he discusses the integral relationship between the neck diameter to body diameter to pump size. This important ratio is paramount to the production of optimal skimmate.