Ultra Reef Recently Introduced the DC Conversion Kit for their largest Akula class AC skimmer; the Akula UKS-200. Traditionally all of the Akula skimmers have used AC pumps (AKA set it and forget type pumps) but some hobbyists just want more controllability and connectivity. With that said, Ultra Reef decided to offer a DC upgrade option utilizing the newer Sicce PSK DC1200 pump with WiFi connectivity. But there is a caveat. According to Ultra Reef’s Facebook page, this offer was only valid for a special price during the month of June and the upgrade was only available though Ultra Reef in Italy. But all is not lost for those that want to convert their UKS-200 to this model pump. Our sister company, Aquarium Specialty, is the US and Canadian distributor for Ultra Reef protein skimmers and we are looking into the possibility of offering the UKS-200 DC conversion kits for the USA and Canadian markets. We should have more information very soon and we will likely have this option listed on our website by the 1st week of August 2022.
It’s worth mentioning this to you reef equipment junkies (you know who you are). Ultra Reef doesn’t recommend upgrading to this conversion kit on the smaller UKS-160 and UKS 180 models. Switching to this upgrade kit on the aforementioned models will not improve skimmer performance. And the only benefit gained would be WiFi control and pump speed regulation which is totally unnecessary for the smaller Akula skimmers.
Update: As of Aug 1st, 2022 the upgrade kit is now available as a pre-order through Aquarium Specialty and other authorized Ultra Reef dealers.