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Amtra Square Skim Titanium 1500: square and with titanium impeller


Amtra Square Skim Titanium 1500: quadrato e con girante in titanio

This really is daring. This is creating something new: Amtra Square Skim Titanium 1500, the square skimmer with a titanium impeller.

Iquitos - mangimi tropicali - Colombo

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We heard about it several years ago and finally we have one sample in our hands. This skimmer breaks every scheme. Not only its base is square but it has a brand new titanium mesh impeller that we have heard of. The idea of a mesh impeller was already of Royal-Exclusiv® and Euro Reef®, back to 2019, but actually it has never been applied to their products, and now Amtra is ready to present this realization.

The Titanium has excellent and useful qualities for engineering: it has low density, high strength (it’s as resistant as steel but 56% lighter; it’s also 60% heavier than aluminium but two times stronger), low modulus of elasticity, low thermal conductivity, excellent resistance to rust, ease of processing, biocompatibility, very short radioactive half live (that allows its use in radioactive systems), it’s not magnetic and easily endures high temperatures (thanks to its high fusion point). It also has an high resistance to a vast range of acids, alkali, both of natural waters and chemical products but, most of all, it’s immune to the erosion made by the salt of marine waters and environments (it’s almost 20 times more resistant than copper-nichel alloys).

This material seems perfect for the construction of the impeller.

Technically we’re talking about a monopump skimmer with inner pump and diffusion plate, and the pump has 35 watt. But we’re curious to understand how the titanium can help the skimming process of this pump.

The skimmer is very well build even if the plastic parts seem a bit light at touch, even if I don’t think this has some sort of impact on the use.

Technical characteristics of the Amtra Square Skim Titanium 1500

  • Suggested dimensions of the marine aquarium: until 1500 liters;
  • Skimming pump: Amtra 8.000 l/h;
  • Treated water: n.a. (but we will measure it);
  • Suggested treated water: until 8.000 l/h;
  • Consumption: 35 watt;
  • Dimensions: base of 23×23 cm;
  • Diameter of the cylinder: n.a.;
  • Inner diameter of the cylinder: n.a.;
  • Height: 55 cm;
  • Water level requested: 18-20 cm;
  • Cost: 599 euro.
Amtra Square Skim Titanium 1500: quadrato e con girante in titanio

The skimmer has a square base, then it narrows to the glass, square too. But now we’ll leave you to the video so that you can get an idea of yourselves.

Video of the Amtra Square Skim Titanium 1500

Here below there’s another perspective of the Square Skim Titanium1500, where is well visible the controller of the pump, and the bottom drain.

Amtra Square Skim Titanium 1500: quadrato e con girante in titanio

The handle for the opening and closing of the drain is hinged to the muffler of the skimmer. The skimmer also has small rubber pads and it has a double system of decoupling of the pump with the base.

Amtra Square Skim Titanium 1500: quadrato e con girante in titanio

The glass of the skimmer can be extracted by pivoting from the front, and it’s kept in position by seal. Simple and easy, another thing we like.

Amtra Square Skim Titanium 1500: quadrato e con girante in titanio

Finally the most interesting feature of the skimmer. The mesh impeller is made by titanium. In place of the usual needles, it has a titanium mesh, and we want to test its usefulness. You can see the impeller in the picture below.

Amtra Square Skim Titanium 1500: quadrato e con girante in titanio

Its square shape means that this skimmer will fit better in a corner of the sump, without much bulk. Very useful for those who have a small sump.

Amtra Square Skim Titanium 1500: quadrato e con girante in titanio

Give us a couple of months, maybe even something more, to test properly this skimmer, and then we’ll come back with a thorough review. Unluckily our aquarium has started only recently.

This skimmer cost 599 euro, and it’s also available on Amazon at this link.

But what do you think of the titanium impeller?