Eshopps Nano Protein Skimmer Powered by Sicce. The Best Of Both Worlds in a Tiny, Tiny Package
Finding a skimmer small enough to fit inside your nano tank while still providing you with reliable and long-lasting waste removal can be a challenge. Most nano-sized skimmers are simply not all that effective or just not assembled with enough care to withstand the rigors of a reef tank. Eshopps broke the mold with their Nano Protein Skimmer which is powered by none other than a Sicce brand water pump and is compact enough to squeeze into the tightest of spaces. It is this combo of a thoughtful design and a high-quality skimmer pump that really put Eshopps at the front of the pack when it comes to small form factor internal skimmers.
This particular model is the second generation of Eshopps’ nano skimmer and improvements have been made to make it even more reliable and more effective than ever before. The unit is made from durable acrylic and is powered by the dependable Sicce Micra pump outfitted with a venturi fitting and airline. A removable magnetic mount, an air silencer, two adjustment points, and a bubble trap work together to provide hobbyists with consistent waste removal in even the smallest of reef tanks.
What’s In The Box?
- Skimmer body & cup
- Sicce Micra pump
- Magnetic mount
- Air silencer
Size & Rating
This skimmer features compact dimensions of 4.5” x 2.25” x 11.5” and it is rated for aquariums between 10 and 35 gallons. However, we only recommend using it on tanks up to 20 gallons because of its small collection cup. It will likely fill up pretty quick on anything larger.
First, you will want to remove the skimmer cup from the body and slide the magnetic mount on. Then, thread on the thumbscrew to hold it in place and attach the pump to the skimmer body. You can then connect one side of the tubing to the pump and the other side to the air silencer while placing the excess tubing into the clip on the magnetic mount. Finally, attach the collection cup and you are ready to go.
The bubble trap will do an excellent job in managing any microbubbles that enter the unit. As far as the two points of control, the water height within the unit can be adjusted by simply raising or lowering the skimmer in the aquarium. Then, you can also adjust the flow level of the pump using the gate switch on its body.
A Bonus Use
Not only will this skimmer operate perfectly on most nano tanks but, it is also a great way to create gas exchange in a quarantine system. With its affordable price, it can become an important part of any small plug-and-play quarantine or frag system.