Wow.... It has been to long! Here is a quick update and review of my new toy! Product:
K2 Cone Skimmer Manufactorer:
Warner Marine Review Type:
Initial Report Pros:
This skimmer pulls all kinds of AIR! The K2 uses a Sicce 2500 pump, with a pinwheel, I do not own an air meter, so I will use published numbers of 950LPH of air! (Some reports have in excess of 1100!) The K2 is a BUBBLE ELEVATOR! The skimmer uses what is called a VBT, Vertical Bubble Technology, which is designed to reduce or maybe ELIMINATE turbulence inside the skimmer body. I have had this unit for a little over 24 hours, and so far I really like what I see, with the VBT and the very low turbulence, here is an image:
You can see the vast majority of the bubble are above the bubble plate, even though there is no skirt surrounding the bubble plate like in other skimmers.
This image shows the micro bubbles below the neck, and the transition to larger bubbles in the neck itself. I have had 4 different skimmers now, and I have never seen anything like this. The bubbles flow directly UP, there is no swirl, no turbulence at all.
This is a large collection cup, 8" across and about 6" tall.
This is an overall of the skimmer and the stand that I made. Right now I have the K2 sitting at 7 and 3/4" depth.
GATE VALVE!!!! This unit uses a REAL VALVE rather the a finicky wedge pipe. The gate valve is SO MUCH easier to adjust then the pipe is, plus it LOOKS way better too. Cons:
So far I have not found any major cons at all. There are some bits and pieces that could be better, but they are cosmetic, not functional. I don't really care for the way the air silencer attaches to the cover of the collection cup. In Depth:
I don't have an in depth yet. Specs:
Base Diameter 9.85”
Neck Diameter 4.4”
Footprint 15 x 12
Air Draw 950LPH (34 SCFH)
Power Consumption 25W
Aquarium Capacity 300 gallons Similar Products Used:
SWC 2S Aquarium Information:
90 gallon SPS tank, with 80 gallons of sump in the basement.
As time passes I will come back and add details for the skimmer, but so far I give it an 8.5 out of 10. This number may rise as the unit breaks in, and I see what the skimmate production looks like.