The new UltraReef UKS 180 skimmer – preview
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The aquarium of Fabio has almost a year, and even if it isn’t full of corals SPS it has a very interesting size, close to 450 liters. To manage it at its best Fabio has chosen the new skimmer UltraReef Akula UKS 180.
We of DaniReef have seen 3 generations of Akula 180, and it’s going to be interesting to recall all the differences when we will do our review, speaking also about the specs of treated water and air.
The skimmer is built excellently, very solid and incredibly heavy. No detail has been left to chance. And if we compare it to the first Akula (that we had the honor to review) the difference is embarrassing and the quantum leap is absolutely present.
The comparison between UltraReef Akula UKS 180 2013 and 2018
As you can see from the pictures the difference is radical. Less use of PVC on sight, different regulation, different pump, different sizes, still maintaining that quality construction that distinguishes UltraReef.
The biggest evidence that immediately hits who sees the new Akula series it’s the conical body of the skimmer. At the base it starts with a diameter of 18 cm and it ends with 14 cm of the top where we insert the glass, still thanks to the useful EasyFlip system, that allows us to pull out the glass with one hand.
Even the drain has been completely reconsidered, now the valve that opens and closes drain can be easily regulated through a screw system with personalized silk screen printing.
Technical characteristics UltraReef Akula UKS 180 2018
- Skimming pump: Sicce PSK1000+;
- Consumption: 25 w;
- Treated air: 700~800 liters/hour;
- Treated water: 1.400 liters/hour;
- Encumbrance at the base: 190×250 mm;
- Height: 560 mm;
- Cylinder diameter: 140-180 mm;
- Level of water in sump suggested: 18-22 cm.
The skimmer adopts a classic scheme of a pump with brush rotor, but the pump is inside and it has a drain from below, in order to have the minimum space in our sumps. Unluckily this doesn’t permit us to measure the quantity of treated water.