- Large Davey Jones Skimmate Locker - Avast Marine
No more messy skimmer cup overflows, or accidents!
The Davey Jones Skimmate Locker can connect directly to your protein skimmers collection cup drain, and can even shut off your skimmer if the locker ever gets full. Avast Marine easily makes some of the best acrylic products and the Skimmate Locker saves you time and also helps keep the air exiting out of your skimmer nice and fresh.
Three Control Types Available:
- 110V Control Relay
- I/O minidin-8
- Bare Wire/Breakout Box
If you have an automatic neck cleaner on your skimmer or a skimmer that is efficient and produces a lot of skimmate you will benefit from a Davey Jones Skimmate Locker. It is essentially a protein skimmer waste collector that can collect your skimmate, deodorize the air, and also keep your skimmer from overflowing. Just connect your skimmers drain to the barbed fitting on the lid of the locker and plug the power cord into the relay control box and you are done. If you have an aquarium controller like a Reef Keeper or an Apex Controller, don't worry, there are different control types available!
Every Locker comes with a prefilled air filter, that has activated carbon in it. The carbon will help absorb and deodorize the smell that is commonly found with high-quality skimmate. Changing the carbon out only takes a few seconds and we like to use standard bituminous carbon for these applications.
Safe, Reliable, Control
Unlike other skimmate lockers on the market, there are no ping-pong balls or float switches that are prone to failing regardless of being in a nasty skimmate environment. Avast Marine equips their skimmate lockers with an air pressure sensitive control box. As the fluid level rises in Davey's Locker it will trap air inside of the sensor tube and pressure will increase, activating the control box. The sensor pickup is very easy to clean and has absolutely no moving parts that can fail.
110V Control Relay (standard) - If you want a simple easy to use system, this is it. Just plug the control relay into your wall outlet or any other 110V socket, and then plug your protein skimmer pump's power cord into the outlet on the front of the relay box and you are done!
I/O minidin-8 - Connects directly to the Neptune Apex Controllers I/O port or Profilux I/O ports. This method of control will turn the control box into a basic switch in the view of your controller. You can set rules and program outlets to react to the state of the Skimmate Locker just like any other open/closed switch, but it does take the place of an entire breakout box and if your Apex is switch heavy, the bare wire method may be best for you.
Bare Wire/Breakout Box - This control method is ideal for controllers like the Reef Keepers, a breakout box or any other I/O switch sensing device. By connecting the two bare wires to the reference and ground you can then control your skimmers power status through your favorite controller.
Keeping Davey's Locker clean is very simple, with Avast Marine's design. The barbed fitting has an included union allowing you to disconnect your skimmer from the chamber in seconds and without wiggling or twisting, and the air pressure sensor just simply pulls out of the top completely disconnecting the waste collector from your skimmer and control box. You can then remove the entire chamber for maintenance and cleaning.
Foot Print - 7" L x 7" W x 18" H
Chamber Diameter - 6"
Drain Fitting Height - 15.5"
Barbed Fitting Size - 1/2"
Capacity - 1.5 gallons
Power Input - 110V (not applicable to minidin-8 or bare wire models)
Relay Box Capacity - 3A (not applicable to minidin-8 or bare wire models)
Switch Rating 10+ mil cycles
1x Large Davey Jones Skimmate Locker
1x Large Davey Jones Skimmate Locker Lid
1x 1/2" Barbed Union Fitting
1x Avast Relay Control Box
1x Prefilled Carbon Filter
Flood Proof By Patrick on 3/19/2020Patrick would recommend this product to a friendI leave my skimmer on 24/7 on my 220 tank sitting in my 40 gallon sump. This has saved my skimmer overflowing and running for hours thus flooding my basement . My skimmer floods at weird times like during light change overs. By the time I would notice I would need a shopvac. Not any longer - receive email alert, turns off skimmer not a single flood since. Note breakout box and apex used
2yrs in By Ryan on 8/6/2019Ryan would recommend this product to a friendBeen using for 2 years with great success.
Few points to keep in mind:
1) Bigger isn't always better... if you drained as much water as the large chamber holds and it was replaced by an ATO filling fresh water will it notably impact the salinity? If yes it's too big.
2) You can hear the switch (it's quite) so play with it in the tank to get a sense of what height it shuts off at to prevent overflows.
3) I use the Apex and added a line of code to permanently shut off my skimmer once it triggers. That way nothing will cause it to turn back on if already full.
4) Make sure you don't have and air leak, place the sensor in the tank or cup of water for a few days at a depth slightly deeper than the trigger point. If it reactivates then obviously you have a small leak in the joint to fix, easy.
I gave 4 stars because I think the carbon is not actually valuable unless in a small room. Instead I drilled the bottom out of the carbon chamber to use as a pour spout. I no longer need to undo the top and haven't in over a year. I also replaced the hose fitting with a push connect fitting for easy removal.
Great product By Vik on 2/3/2019Vik would recommend this product to a friendConnected this directly to apex. Works as it is supposed to. no stink. i empty it every 3 weeks or so.
Damaged my tank By Timbo on 12/12/2018Timbo wouldn't recommend this product to a friendThe product was installed and working fine with the switch activating and communicating to the apex. The locker got full twice and did not activate the switch. I caught it early the first time but not the second and not only did I have a mess but the salt level of my tank was compromised. I had switched a new motor out in my skimz skimmer but apparently even 2 weeks later it wasn't quite broken in. Regardless the switch should have activated and turned the outlet off.
Communication issues with APEX By BarTank on 11/26/2018BarTank would recommend this product to a friendThe switch activates right away and tells the APEX to shut the skimmer off right away once you have it programed but if you add the switch to your Fusion dashboard it always shows closed. Neptune knows there is a issue with this. If your looking at it and not next to the tank it makes you worried if the sump is on or off or if you have a problem with your skimmer. They should fix this.
I have an Apex Jr. Will this unit connect to the Apex Jr.?
While the base Apex Jr. won't have a way of connecting on its own, the addition of a breakout box module would allow you to hook up the bare wire configuration DJSL and control the outlet through that connection, or the addition of any module with an I/O port, such as the PM1/PM2 would allow you to use the 8 pin mini din plug style.
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