It’s been greater than a yr and a half since Rossmont let the world know in regards to the world’s first AC controllable protein skimmer, initially referred to as the Skemer, and now renamed the Rossmont Skimer. No matter you name it the group at Rossmont has been laborious at work actually dialing within the particulars of their newest undertaking to make sure a correct stability between the pump, volute, needle wheel, air injector, bubble plate and many others.
On the floor the straightforward mixture of exterior pump, conical physique, and wedge pipe outflow is difficult to distinguish from a really saturated catalog of protein skimmers now we have within the reef aquarium interest, however just a few key options do stand out. Earlier than diving into the apparent, we’d prefer to level out how a lot we love that very beneficiant protein skimmer cup, and the curious locking mechanism to maintain in place.
Additionally, in a time when so many skimmers are going the space-saving or pipeless route and have the pump within the bottom of the skimmer, it’s truly refreshing to have an externally mounted pump. The air consumption valve and needle wheel – in addition to fundamental pump mechanisms – should be cleaned regularly for correct efficiency. Having an exterior pump is a really welcome design alternative for ease of upkeep, in addition to a bigger response quantity and longer contact time between the air & water combination.
Regardless of these objectively minor advantages, the true promoting level of the Rossmont Skimer is the controllability of its AC pump, precluding the necessity for AC/DC energy provide which reduces effectivity and is yet another level of failure. The Rossmont Skimer can be accessible in two sizes, the 30 watt SX250 for $399 and the 38 watt SX500 for $499.
Usually to unlock the true advantages of the Rossmont Skimer you’d should spend a further $199 for the Waver management hub however the Skimers can be accessible bundled for $579 and $679 respectively, and could have a further outlet to regulate one other Rossmont AC pump reminiscent of a Mover propeller pump or Riser return pump.
With the Waver you’ll not solely allow management of the Rossmont Skimer’s needle wheel pump, but additionally program it to carry out in a different way all through the day – maybe a break at night time, some dry skimming throughout the day and a interval of moist skimming following a feeding interval? There’s little doubt this can be a good skimmer for important nutrient export however to essentially stand out we’re eager to check out how nicely this programmability works in the true world. [Rossmont]