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Lee's Protein Skimmer Counter Current
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- Includes two-way plastic valves and hanger
- Protein Skimmers come preassembled and are low maintenance
- Easily adjusted
- Height: 12.06-inch capacity: up to 30-gallon
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Lee's counter current protein skimmers are ideal for use in saltwater fish and reef tanks. These protein skimmers help prevent toxic tank syndrome by removing proteins and other organics before they turn into harmful toxins to aquarium inhabitants.
Top Customer Reviews
Well, to my happy surprise, it works. Less than an hour after I got it set up and tweaked, all sorts of goop was flowing into the collection cup. Suffice to say, it works as advertised.
A few caveats, however:
-This is an IN-TANK skimmer. You need to have room to squeeze it in, and you will be looking at it while admiring your aquarium. This will be an issue for some people. I have in the same corner with my heater and pump, but that corner is a bit crowded now.
-You need a good strong air pump. I had one on hand, so that wasn't an issue for me, but factor that into the price.
-You get what you pay for. The build quality is pretty much the minimum required to get it to work. Be careful with it, or you may break it.
-Be prepared to take some time and care to get it working right. It comes with some bare-bones instructions printed on the box, but that's it. You should have a good understanding of how protein skimmers work before setting it up, so you know what you're looking for. Basically, you want to see the bubbles churning around and filling the whole tube rather than rising to the top. The bubbles need to remain resident in the tube for a while to pick up the bad stuff.
Update (10/5/14): I've had this for two months now, and I'm bumping it from 4 stars to 5. It's worked perfectly so far. I can't imagine having gotten something more complicated and expensive than this, because it does pretty much everything you need a protein skimmer to do. Take care of it, and it will do fine.
Update (2/23/15): Six months on and not a speck of trouble.
After a series of unfortunate events, I had to downgrade my 125 to a 54G. I lost my sump and wanted something with a small footprint that wouldn't be an eyesore all dangly over the tank. I figure for the price, this was worth a shot. If it sucked, Amazon Prime has an excellent return policy.
Okay, so.. keep in mind, the point of a skimmer is to clean the water. When you see the product, you may be a little turned off. If you have the time and patience, you could probably replicate the product from recycled plastic (time is money and this is inexpensive enough to just go with!). The lid was a little bent and the collection cup just sits on top of the foamy cup thing. It appears to be cheaply made. The bottom piece doesn't seem to fit as snugly as I imagined it would (Double sided plumbers tape will fix that issue). It took me about 30 minutes to connect everything. Most of the connections were done underwater .. the air in the skimmer body causes pressure and everything kind of disconnects (I'm talking about setting up, not air from the pump. The pump shouldn't even be connected at this point). Be sure to fill it with water to relieve pressure and it'll make the process so much easier.
I had to reference a YouTube video to make sure I had it set up right. I had some issues with the bubble directions and wasn't sure if I had it set up correctly upon initial setup. I didn't... and the video helped a ton. I advise buyers to watch the video, too (YouTube search "Lees Current Skimmer".. it's the video with the guy that has the rimless cube tank. The skimmer is in the back left.. I'll find the link if anyone is interested). The set of bubbles going through the super skinny tube should always be going through that skinny tube. If it reverses into the big cylinder, you did it wrong and the skimmer won't work. YouTube video explains all of that. I'll gladly answer any questions, though.
After my negative Nancy comments above... I'd like to move on to this -
This thing is a freaking beast. I've had it running for 2 days and there's some nasty funk in the collection cup. Im using that 40G whisper air pump. I only have one air pump with a splitter. I'm in various saltwater groups and always see people comment about how you "can't skip corners" when it comes to equipment and blah blah. This (inexpensive, corner cutting) skimmer has done more in 2 days than my original skimmer did the entire time I used it in my 125G (I dropped some dollars on that bad boy. Yea, I had it tuned correctly. I spent A LOT of money on equipment for my 125G that won't work in my 54. I went cheap with the 54 and I've had better results.
I'm running the large version of this skimmer on a 54G bow front. It just barely fits. Like, I had to fill my tank to the rim. A medium would have been sufficient enough but I went a little overkill.
Summary of my long review -
- Don't be turned off by the "cheapy" make
- You only need one air pump (I went with the 40G
rated air pump because someone else said that's
what they had. Experiment with air pumps and
find one you're satisfied with. They're all
reasonably priced through Amazon Prime so it's
a win-win, either way)
Again, I'll gladly answer any questions. This thing is well worth it. I rarely write reviews. If I do, they're definitely not this long. I was not paid or offered anything for this review. I know, firsthand, how expensive the saltwater hobby is and don't want anyone to waste money when they don't have to.