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Fluval Surface Skimmer

by Fluval
65 customer reviews
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  • Works to eliminate undesired surface films
  • Helps improve oxygen exchange
  • Removes organic waste from the surface
  • Helps keep your aquarium water clean and clear
  • Simple to use
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Product Description

The Fluval Aquarium Surface Skimmer draws water from the surface of the aquarium eliminating undesirable surface films. Since the Fluval Surface Skimmer doesn't contain metal parts, marine aquariums in particular that do not employ a surface overflow will substantially benefit from the implementation of the Fluval surface skimmer.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 6 x 14 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000256CGY
  • Item model number: A240
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,621 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. C. on January 3, 2011
I had really high hopes for this, especially after reading other reviews, but after a year of use, I'm not sure i would recommend it.

good:
* low cost. way lower than so many other surface skimmers
* adjusts to water evaporation (see below though)
* attaches to your current filter/skimmer
* has a top and a bottom intake that you can adjust, which allows you to balance it depending on how powerful your pump is. this is a little hard to describe why this is good unless you have one..

bad:
* it uses an air pocket under the top of the skimmer to keep the top part on the surface. I don't know why they don't just put styrofoam or something that's permanently floating. This design is tenuous. it's kinda like balancing a ball at the top of a hill. typically for me, the movement of the water eventually dislodges some of the air, then the thing sinks and is no longer a skimmer.
* the suction cups it uses to attach to the glass wears out. And if it's not attached firmly, the whole thing becomes ineffective because it doesn't hold the surface intake part on the surface.

frustrating. This is ALMOST an awesome product. If it had a mechanism for better attachment to the glass (e.g. magnet) and a better flotation for the surface collector, it'd be awesome. as it is, i wouldn't recommend this product.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WinoJake on September 27, 2012
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This surface skimmer definitely gets the job done. My 75 gallon planted tank has always been plagued by the dreaded "white protein surface scum" that never seems to go away. I installed this, and it was gone in less than 5 minutes! Not only is the surface scum gone, but the overall water clarity seems to have improved as well. I am using this on a Rena XP3 canister filter.

On the downside, when I first pulled the item out of the package I was concerned at it's cheap, plastic construction. But for $10 bucks I guess you can't expect much. The other issue is that the bottom intake has a pretty small surface area, so it is really easy for it to be clogged by debris. The 3rd issue I have is that ever since I have installed this item, my canister filter is constantly sucking in air bubbles and I can't figure out exactly where they are coming in from. It doesn't appear that they are being drawn in from the surface skimming inlet (although that is the obvious culprit), so I still have to figure that out.

All in all I am really happy with this product. You can't beat the price, and the issue of surface scum has been completely eliminated. I've been keeping aquariums for 20 years and I can't believe I haven't used a surface skimmer sooner!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stoopkid on October 17, 2012
Had a lot of scum on the surface of my 30 gallon salt water aquarium. This took care of it immediately. You do have to adjust it a few times during the first few days but after that it works fine on its own. Suction cups don't budge, tube doesn't kink. Doesn't make much noise as long as you have it set right. It adds a tiny bit of trickle noise. I haven't had any problems with the float filling with water and sinking. The only possible problem I have is that the adjustment rod sticks pretty far out the top. An easy fix if it was a big problem but I don't want to snap the end off. I just scooted the while unit down a bit so that my lid can slide off without hitting it. It sticks about 4" out of the water depending on how low you place the whole thing. Again, you could snap or saw the end off if it's really a problem without issues.

It also looks a lot better than the original green intake tube. I got this one because I was sure it would fit my Aquaclear filter. It has an adapter for the smaller ones or the larger one. There are other skimmers that I think are supposed to be compatible with this but I wasn't sure so I just got this one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By HB on May 8, 2008
Straight-forward installation, and it works great. Poor instructions, but the skimmer is pretty simple, so minimal documentation was not a problem. It removed all of the scum on the surface and made my 40 gallon goldfish tank glisten.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TobycW on July 4, 2009
I bought this version because the eheim version costs almost 3x as much and this one gets good reviews from folks at Plantedtank. To attach it to my Eheim intake (5/8" not 1/2"), I used the 90* elbow and joined the intake pipe to it using a short segment of 5/8" hose. The black center piece that stick up is the adjuster which opens and closes the lower openings. The more you allow flow through the bottom, the less the surface suction will be. Also, I had to drill a piece of plastic from my canopy to accommodate the height of the adjuster. But in so doing, you can increase or decrease the surface skimmer flow on the fly. Just remember to keep the top of the surface skimmer clean periodically.

Previously, I had a sponge prefilter on my intake pipe. I could still have one--just cut a short 2" piece of foam and slip it over the lower intake.

There are some bubbles being entrained into the intake from the surface water being sucked in. This has not been an issue. However, those with CO2 injected tanks should understand that outgassing of CO2 will occur from this area. This may not be a problem with intermittent activation--turn the center adjuster for a brief period when surface scum accumulates, then turn off most of the surface flow once the surface scum is cleared (takes about 20" or so).
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