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Skimz Monzter SM163 DC Internal Protein Skimmer

Skimz Monzter SM163 DC Internal Protein Skimmer
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Skimz Monzter SM163 DC Internal Protein Skimmer

88% Recommend this to a friend (7 of 8)

SKU: 208163
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Quick Overview

The Skimz D-Series SM163 DC Internal Protein Skimmer gives you high performance skimming at a great value. Adjustable DC VSC3000 pump in housed within the skimmer body resulting in a compact design.

  • Rated for tanks up 317 gallons (1200 Liters)

  • Air intake: 159-317 GPH (600-1200 LPH)

  • Operating Depth: 7" to 9.5"

  • Low power consumption and high performance

  • Skimmer draws water directly from sump

  • Skimz VSC3000-DC Pump with 6 speeds and feed mode shut off

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Skimz Manufacturer's Manual



  • Integrated cylindrical and cone shape chambers help reduce bubble bursting and surface agitation
  • Bubble Plate Design - reduces turbulence
  • Maximum air flow capacity in compact design
  • Micro-adjustable valve for precise water level control
  • Twist-lock neck for easy collection cup removal
  • Quality construction - CNC machined parts and Georg Fischer fittings
  • Internal application - no feed pump required


Skimmer Specifications:

  • Base Diameter: 6.3" (160mm)
  • Foot Print: 7.4” x 7.4” (188mm x 188mm)
  • Total Height: 21.5” (545mm)
  • Cup Diameter: 160 mm


VSC3000-DC Pump Features:

  • Six RPM presets
  • Feed mode with shut off timer
  • Air Draw: 159-317 GPH (600-1200 LPH)
  • Power Consumption: 9-19 Watts


Skimz Warranty

  • Warranty for Original Purchaser against defective material and workmanship that occurs during normal use.
  • 2 Year Warranty on skimmer body
  • 1 Year Warranty on pump



8 Items

  • Excellent By Bald Reefer on 3/5/2015

    I love DC power, so when I heard that these pumps are over powered and that you have to tune them down, I jumped on the opportunity and I have no ragerts. The skimmer is easy to tune, easier to clean, and super duper quiet. 125 gallon
  • Amazing Skimmer By Eric on 3/5/2015

    The skimmer is absolutely incredible. I purchased one when I was fed up with my cad lights PLS-150 cone skimmer overflowing constantly and being impossible to tune. As soon as I opened up the Skimz Monster SM163 I could see a HUGE difference in build quality. The skimmer really is amazing – best skimmer I've ever owned.
  • Love it. By Michael on 2/9/2015

    What a great skimmer. Especially for the price. It is so quite I can not tell its on. And I love the BRS handles all of the warranty work.
  • Great Skimmer! By _TheGrimReefer_ on 1/27/2015

    Was a toss up between the RO Regal 170sss or skimz so glad I went with skimz great build quality, extremely easy instructions and started skimming the same day! Beats the pants off my old bubble magus curve 7
  • Great skimmer, Great price By Larry on 12/30/2014

    I bought this skimmer to upgrade from my SCAquariums SC-250. WOW! What a difference! I guess this is my first "real" skimmer and I have to say - you get what you pay for. I looked at every skimmer on the market and decided on the SKIMZ SM163 because it was the only one that would fit my sump and give me the tank rating I needed. I feel - for the price - I got more skimmer for my money as well, compared to other brands. Skimmer is built very well. Easy to put together - mine did come with instructions, but if you've ever seen a skimmer, you know how it goes together. After 2 days it started producing more foam than I ever saw out of my cheap, knock-off skimmers. It is completely silent-can't even tell it is running without looking at it. The "gate" water level adjustment is awesome-with the outlet on the bottom of the skimmer, there are 0 micro bubbles to deal with. And the added fine adjustment on the silencer lets you fine tune the skimmer. The DC pump is a nice feature, but I really don't use it-I just run it on full power, but it adds another level of adjustment as well. If you are considering a SKIMZ skimmer - DO IT!
  • So far so good - pulling skimmate after 2 days By Anthony on 12/18/2014

    This skimmer is well built and very quiet. It started pulling skimmate after just 2 days. So far I'd definitely recommend. Of course in a couple of months I'll update this.

    One important thing to note, the description says, 'Foot Print: 7.4” x 7.4”,' though technically true, the decorative scalloped ring (not sure what else to call it) toward the top of the skimmer is actually wider than the base. I'd guess closer to 8"x8". So if you are putting this in a REALLY tight skimmer compartment in your sump where a tenth of an inch makes a difference, you'll want to take that into consideration.
  • We love it! By TxAdamFitz on 8/26/2014

    Several features of this skimmer allow for precision tuning. Controls are all above water, which makes for quick, and simple adjustments.

    The DC motor has a one touch feed mode, which prevents food and oils from coating the inside of the skimmer cone, during feed time. After the feeding time is up, that motor ramps back up to skim mode. I also use thus feature when cleaning out the collection cup. Which is secured by a 1/8 of a turn and lift. No rubber neck to contend with.

    We had limitations in our sump when it came to size. The smaller footprint just squeezed into our sump. Glad it did. It's super quiet, easy to use, and cleanup is a snap. Easy to adjust from a wet skim to a slower dark sludge. We prefer somewhere In the middle.

    We are well aware of the contenders on the market. For the price point we were leaning towards the omega 180, however it's larger footprint and lower total volume pushed us towards the Skimzs. Glad we did.
  • Puzzled By Steven on 8/20/2014

    I would love to install this tonight, but it'll be a few days until I figure it out, since there were no directions included. Million parts to put together.

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