Finally, a real hang-on protein skimmer from LGMAquari
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Let’s be honest: in the case of a tank without a good volume sump there are not many plausible alternatives. So far, the best performing skimmer were the Aquamedic Turboflotor 1000 multi SL and the Deltec MCE 600. We are talking about products which were already around when I first approached the marine aquarium hobby in 2001. They were even objects of the first reviews I wrote about the subject.
Things have really changed since then, and there aren’t any “modern” skimmer of a certain quality.
All this happened until today, or more precisely until tomorrow! We found a picture on facebook of a prototype by LGMAquari which sparked our interest.
As there is a high demand of hang-on skimmers but a limited choice availability, Geppy, LGMAquari deus ex machina, has created an extremely interesting hang-on skimmer prototype ready to be put into the market.
In detail, we are talking about a LGS600SP made to be hanged laterally on the tank, a new adaptation which will soon be available also for the smaller LGS450SP.
LGMAquari Hang-on Protein Skimmer
In the picture at the beginning of the article you can see the prototype with a hand crafted harness, but the pieces will soon come out of CNC machines. The differences between the standard LGS600SP and LGS450SP are due to the adjustments needed for the product to be hanged, as following:
- Water outlet is in line with the pump, rather than at 90°;
- Water inlet is reversible and angular;
- The base has a diameter 8mm longer than the standard version;
The harness holding the skimmer body has been very cleverly thought and built. The skimmer does not lay on it, it is rather distanced from the frame by 4 small and soft silicone cylinders which contribute to muffle vibrations.
At the base there are two more spacing elements in red silicone to adsorb the vibrations which would be passed to the glass.
Harness is removable so that the skimmer can be also be used as a normal sump protein skimmer. Moreover, it can be mounted on both sides so you can hang it on the right or left tank glass. It can be mounted on glass from 8 to 12 mm thick, it can be adjusted for depth, and on request it can be made to be hanged on to 15 mm thick glasses.
A supply pump has to be inserted in the tank for the skimmer functioning. The only caution to have is to mount a protective grid on it.
The harness price is € 120. It is a fair price to add to the skimmer’s to have it performing just like if you had a sump. Actually, even more performing considering that it will take the water straight from the tank without the return pump interference!
What do you think about it? Do you like this idea?