A couple of days ago, we found out that ATB was incorporating controllable DC pumps into their Nano B protein skimmers, and and it would appear that our assessment of the ATB controllable skimmers was a bit incomplete. Instead of just one model with the new pump, ATB instead has at least six. We already told you how the controllable direct current protein skimmers craze was starting to take hold, but we had no idea companies outside of Reef Life Support Systems were becoming this entrenched in the newly popular skimmer tech. We knew it was only a matter of time, and it looks like that time is now upon us.
Besides the Nano B, ATB is adding the DC pumps to the Elegance 200, Elegance 200 Pro, Small Size, Medium Size and Normal Size cone skimmers. Of the six total models, only the ATB Elegance 200 Pro places the pump within the skimmer’s body and underneath the bubble diffuser plate. All of the other models place the pump outside of the skimmer’s body. Besides the new pump, each of the protein skimmers remains virtually unchanged.
In regards to the pumps themselves, ATB has dressed them up in pretty typical fashion. They have officially been renamed to “controllable Airstar DC pump”, and each has been outfitted with a custom volute that has ports to draw in both air and ozone.