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RLSS Protein Skimmers by H2O Systems

By Leonard Ho - Posted Mar 13, 2012 08:00 AM
H2O Systems has designed an entire line of in-sump and external protein skimmers utilizing the Waveline DC pumps we blogged about yesterday. The Reef Life Support Systems (RLSS) skimmers feature tapered reaction chambers, specially designed perforated "dual level" pinwheels, bubble plate diffusers, air silencers, and of course Waveline DC5000 speed-controllable pumps.
RLSS Protein Skimmers by H2O Systems

The RLSS R102 protein skimmer

As far as protein skimmer designs go, the RLSS protein skimmers should look familiar to experienced reefkeepers.  They share many design elements of high-performance needle-wheel skimmers such as Bubble Kings/Vertex and ATB: cast acrylic sloped body, built-in air silencers, bubble plate diffusers, twist-action or ball-valve water level adjustment, and silicone tubing.

But it's not all your "standard" high-end fare.  The most notable difference is the choice of pumps.  RLSS skimmers employ H2O System's Waveline DC-5000 DC pumps to produce copious amounts of air with minimal electrical consumption.  Users can adjust the RPM of the pump (six preset speeds) to tune their skimmer's performance.  The pump's 10 minute feed mode allows easy shut-off and automatic reactivation of the skimmer for coral feeding.  H2O Systems designed their special pinwheels with perforations to allow water to pass through the back plate in order to cool down the pump. In addition, the pinwheels have 2 levels of density which reportedly chops bubbles even finer than conventional needle-wheels.  The RLSS skimmers also feature tapered, curved reaction chambers compared to the conventional straight-sided cones prevalent in other designs.

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Six models (3 internal and 3 external designs) are currently available.  Smaller 5" and 6" skimmers using a smaller DC-2500 pump are also planned for the near future. Like the Waveline DC pumps, the RLSS skimmers are in production, available for sale in Canada and coming soon to the United States.

Photos, details and pricing for the six models are provided below:

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R8-E

  • 8" diameter external protein skimmer
  • 17 x 16.5 x 23.5" (435 x 420 x 600mm)
  • 1 x DC-5000 (40 watts)
  • Air draw: 900-1800lph
  • Rated for 264-528 gallons (1000-2000 liters)
  • $699.99

 

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R8-U

  • 8" diameter internal protein skimmer
  • 15.75 x 12.2 x 21.5" (400 x 310 x 550mm)
  • 1 x DC-5000 (40 watts)
  • Air draw: 900-1800lph
  • Rated for 264-528 gallons (1000-2000 liters)
  • $579.99

 

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R10-E

  • 10" diameter external protein skimmer
  • 18.5 x 18.1 x 24.5" (470 x 460 x 620mm)
  • 1 x DC-5000 (40 watts)
  • Air draw: 900-1800lph
  • Rated for 396-660 gallons (1500-2500 liters)
  • $949.99

 

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R10-U

  • 10" diameter internal protein skimmer
  • 18 x 18 x 21.5" (455 x 455 x 550mm)
  • 1 x DC-5000 (40 watts)
  • Air draw: 900-1800lph
  • Rated for 396-660 gallons (1500-2500 liters)
  • $799.99

 

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R12-E

  • 12" diameter external protein skimmer
  • 25 x 20 x 25.5" (640 x 510 x 650mm)
  • 2 x DC-5000 (80 watts)
  • Air draw: 1800-3600lph
  • Rated for 528-792 gallons (2000-3000 liters)
  • $1,299.99

 

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R12-U

  • 12" diameter internal protein skimmer
  • 24.5 x 20 x 22.8" (620 x 510 x 580mm)
  • 2 x DC-5000 (80 watts)
  • Air draw: 1800-3600lph
  • Rated for 528-792 gallons (2000-3000 liters)
  • $1,149.99

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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