TMC V2 Skim 400 Protein Skimmer Review
As you may have read we have recently set up our first ever salt water aquarium so when SwellUk asked if we’d like to try out the TMC V2 Skim 400 Protein Skimmer, a skimmer designed for aquariums up to 400 L with a Sicce Syncra silent pump 1.5 1350 LPH, we were delighted to say yes please.
Whilst we’ve had tropical fish for years our new venture into the colourful word of marine aquariums’ means that this is the first protein skimmer we’ve ever used so we were interested to see how easy it was to set up and if it actually worked.
Protein skimmers are designed to remove any protein based organics before they turn into nitrates which in turn keeps marine fish tanks nice and healthy.
On opening the fairly compact box we discovered the V2 skim 400 protein skimmer, a comprehensive list of instructions, a Syncra Pump and fittings, Inlet pipes and the outlet pipe with bubble stop so it looked like we had everything we needed to set it up.
The TMC V2 Skim 400 Protein Skimmer can be used internally (sump) or externally (hang on) , the pump can also be set up to be used in and out of the water. Personally we have chosen to use the skimmer internally within our sump as the V2 400 fitted perfectly due to its slim design and flexible piping system..
After giving the skimmer a quick clean in RO water we began to set it up. Now a very useful tip which we quickly discovered was to fill the skimmer with tank water so as to avoid it floating about. All of the pipes are super easy to fit and the pump comes complete with its own suction cups so mounting it within the sump was easy as was keeping it secured safely into place.
With the skimmer and pump all set up and everything present and located correctly all we had to do was turn it on and one click later and away it went. The first thing we noticed was the protein skimmer is a little noisy and whilst it really wasn’t anywhere near as loud as I was expecting we did decide to connect a short length of air pipe to the air inlet which made a big difference in reducing the slight sucking noise the hole produced.
After checking everything was ok and running properly we turned the water level to the lowest point and left it running for 48 hours to allow the skimmer to establish itself.
Two days later everything was looking good, the pump was running nice and silently and the skimmers venture was producing lots of fine micro bubbles which stayed within the skimmer due to the large foam bubble stop. Next we set the bubbles to produce a wet skim to see what results we’d get even though the tank is still cycling and therefore there really isn’t much to skim. Three days later we found some good results and there was even a cloudy yellow collection left in the cup which is something I wasn’t expecting to see.
When it comes to the maintenance and cleaning of the skimmer it’s really easy to do as the collection cup just kind of pops off allowing you to give it a good old wash under the tap. Once the cup is off you can also gain access the rest of the skimmer for allowing a thorough clean to take place. When taking the bits apart everything feels of very good quality which is exactly what you want when it’s something which is going to have to be done on a pretty regular basis! I should also note that the pump is also very easy to strip down and clean too.
With everything now set up and running only time will tell how the skimmer will really perform and with our tank needing around 2 further weeks to finish its cycling process this will give the skimmer enough time to settle down and bedin but we will keep you updated on the progress of the TMC V2 Skim 400 Protein Skimmer.
SwellUK stock a large variety of products for tropical freshwater, coldwater, tropical marine aquariums and pond fish, as well as specialist products for Koi, ponds and gardening so if you’ve on the lookout for any of these products then why not stop by and take a look.