Coralife Super Skimmer
The Coralife Super Skimmer comes with a specialized needle-wheel system designed specifically to create a consistent stream of tiny bubbles. Available in three sizes for tanks ranging in volume from 65 gallons to 220 gallons, this skimmer also comes with kits to allow multiple install locations, including both inside the sump or hanging on the aquarium wall. Two of the three models of the Coralife Super Skimmer feature a waste collection container that twists off to allow for ease of cleaning. All three models now come without a valve between pump and cup.
These skimmers are some of the most versatile on the market. Not only are they available for 65, 125 and 220 gallon tanks, they also feature an adjustment for water levels. This allows the pump to provide good skimming action in almost any saltwater tank! For those with tanks ranging between the three sizes, purchasing the pump for the next highest volume is the best choice. For example, those with 75 gallon tanks report that the 125 gallon pump works best.
All three models are made of quality acrylic materials and customized components. The 65 gallon model measures 4.25” by 5.5” by 20.75”. The 125 gallon model measures 5” by 7.25” by 24.5”, and the 220 gallon model measures 6” by 8” by 25.5”. The pumps are tall, so installation in a very small tank is not going to be possible.
The reason someone uses a protein skimmer in an aquarium is to remove waste created by plant life, fish, coral, and other creatures. The best protein skimmers of this type remove the waste using a system of bubbles and water movement. If the waste is removed quickly, it never has a chance to dissolve or break apart. When waste breaks up, it causes cloudiness and odor in the water. When a protein skimmer is working correctly, the water will be crystal clear.
The Coralife Super Skimmer is rated at an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars on a variety of sites. Consumers report long-lasting, quality results from the pump. On reviewer reported that his tank was the cleanest it had ever been after he installed a Coralife product. Even users who have large reef tanks with numerous types of coral and fish report the various Coralife products provide excellent waste removal. One user has been using the same skimmer for over two years, and it is still producing a clean, healthy environment for her fish.
Customers did note that the skimmers take time to settle in, and the best results come only after a bit of fine tuning. Experienced salt water aquarium enthusiasts recommend that users not give up on the product if it does not work as expected. The product might require adjustment or a different installation method to provide better results. One user reports utilizing the Coralife website for help. The manufacturer’s website offers a series of articles on their products, as well as tips for installation. There is also information on the site about ordering replacement parts.
A warranty covers the product for 12 months. However, users should take care to follow all installation and use instructions. Failure to follow instructions will nullify the warranty. Some users recommend modifying the pump in various ways for use in aquariums. Modifications to the unit will also nullify the warranty.
Overall, the Coralife Super Skimmers are highly rated protein skimmers. The powerful needle-wheel system removes waste quickly and quietly. The few negative features, such as size and difficulty in set up, are out-weighed by overall product performance.