Compact protein skimmer for saltwater aquariums up to 30 gallons
Aquarist-friendly skimmer boasts easy setup and maintenance
Needle-wheel impeller pump for effective aquarium waste removal
Setup and enjoy the benefits of a turbo protein skimmer-even if space is limited! The Internal Mini Skimmer 115 measures only 3" x 3-1/4" x 10-1/2" high to provide supplemental filtration in saltwater aquariums up to 30 gallons. This compact skimmer is driven by an 8 watt needle-wheel impeller pump for energy efficiency AND effective organic waste removal. Mounting bracket and suction cups included for convenient placement and quiet operation inside your aquarium. Requires a minimum clearance above water line of 3-3/4" for proper operation.
Compact size ideal for reef and marine aquariums up to 30 gallons
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Slide Impeller Shaft into Impeller and place Impeller Shaft Caps over Impeller Shaft.
Place Impeller into Pump.
Slide Pump Cover onto Pump.
Insert Pump with Pump Cover into Front Housing.
Insert Venturi Tube into hole on top of Front Housing.
Control Knob and Housing Installation
Insert Flow Control Knob into Front Housing.
Slide together Front and Rear Housing.
Mounting Clips and Suction Cup Installation (Option #1)
Attach Suction Cups to Mounting Clips.
Route Power Cord through built-in channel in Rear Housing.
Slide Mounting Clips over Rear Housing and lock into clips on Front Housing.
Mounting Clips and Lock Installation (Option #2)
Slide Mounting Lock onto Mounting Bracket.
Slide Mounting Bracket with Mounting Lock through Mounting Clip.
Adjust Mounting Bracket for correct Skimmer position in aquarium.
Collection Cup Installation
Install Collection Cup on top of Skimmer.
Cover Collection Cup with vented Lid.
Operation Skimmer Positioning
Place Skimmer in the aquarium so that the water level is just below the top of the housing.
Secure the Skimmer to the aquarium by either the Mounting Clips or the Mounting Bracket. NOTE: The air intake must be above the water line, if below the water line, the Skimmer will not draw air into the chamber and no bubbles will be produced.
Plug power cord into a ground fault interrupter power supply after placing the Skimmer in the aquarium. A drip loop in the power line is required for safe operation.
Allow the Skimmer to operate for a few minutes before any adjustments are made. The Needle-Wheel Impeller will mix the water and air to form foam (bubbles).
After the Skimmer has operated for a few minutes, turn the Flow Control Knob to increase or decrease the bubble level in the Skimmer Collection Cup. NOTE: If the collected waste is watery, reduce the height of the bubbles in the collection cone. If no waste is collected, increase the height of the bubbles. The material collected in the Collection Cup should have a consistency similar to milk.
Monitor the height of the bubbles in the Collection Cone on a daily basis and adjust the Flow Control Knob as needed. Also inspect the intake of the Skimmer to clear any obstructions that would impede water flow. Maintenance on the Impeller is recommended every three months minimum. If water conditions are abnormal and there is more detritus, debris or suspended material in the water, you may need to maintain your Skimmer more often.
Unplug the Skimmer prior to performing any maintenance on the Skimmer. Remove the Collection Cup and Mounting Clips to open Housing. Wipe the Front and Rear Housing with a clean moist/semi-dry cloth to remove debris, salt and any other debris that may have built up during operation. The Housing can be soaked in one part vinegar to one part water to help remove calcium buildup on the Housing.
Remove the Collection Cup and Lid from the top of the Housing. Wipe the Collection Cup and Lid with a clean moist/semi-dry cloth to remove debris, salt and any other debris that may have built-up during operations. The Collection Cup and Lid can be soaked in one part vinegar to one part water to help remove calcium buildup on the Housing.
Venturi Tube and Pump /Pump Cover
Remove the Collection Cup and Mounting Clips to open the Front and Rear Housings. Remove the Pump and Pump Cover with the attached Venturi Tube. Wipe the Pump and Pump Cover with a clean moist/semi-dry cloth to remove debris, salt and any other debris that may have built-up during operation. The Pump and Pump Cover can be soaked in one part vinegar to one part water to help remove calcium buildup on the Housing. Clean the Venturi Tube and review to see if any wear is visible on the tube. If wear is noticed on the Venturi Tube, replace it to ensure proper water flow.
Impeller and Impeller Well
Remove the Collection Cup and Mounting Clips to open the Front and Rear Housings. Remove the
Pump and then remove the Pump Cover securing the Impeller. Pull the Impeller to expose the Impeller and the Impeller Well. To remove the Impeller, pull straight out of the well to prevent damaging the Impeller Shaft. Clean the Impeller Shaft and review to see if any wear is visible on the Impeller
Shaft. Also clean the Needle Wheel and Magnet of the Impeller. If wear is noticed on these parts, replace to ensure proper water flow.
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