Jeff Macare of Reef Dynamics talks about Protein SkimmersPosted on Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 at 5:30 pm by ReefTools
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.
Please let us know what you think!