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Nano Hobbyists Make The Tiny Reef Glass Skimmer Fit Into Their Tanks, Lids Be Damned!

Nano reef enthusiasts love gear that matches their small tanks. Every square inch is prime real estate best used for corals and other marine life. There are many nano skimmers available, but Reef Glass has taken small skimmers to new a level… and we mean tiny!

The skimmer body is a simple 1.25” diameter Pyrex glass tube. Instead of using a water pump, needle wheel or venturi, the Reef Glass Nano Skimmer uses a limewood air diffuser to make millions of tiny bubbles. The skimmer is powered by your air pump. The rising bubbles draw water into the bottom of the tube. A wet foam forms at the top of the skimmer and flows out of the drain tube and into your collection container.

Here’s how it works:

  1. The polycarbonate holder attaches securely to rimless and rimmed tanks.
  2. Connect a small, quiet air pump to the hose barb
  3. The skimmer is fine-tuned by adjusting its height inside the tank and with the airline needle valve
  4. The rising foam produces skimmate that is forced out of the skimmer, down the drain line and into your collection cup

Hobbyists who had given up hope their tanks would accommodate a skimmer that meets their form and function requirements are discovering that Reef Glass works great in even the tightest spaces in the back filtration chambers of popular all-in-one aquariums.

Even in instances where the Reef Glass does not fit perfectly, resourceful nano reefers are finding a way to make it work!

The JBJ Cubey is one of the most compact AIO tanks available. This clever hobbyist cut a hole in his canopy to accommodate the height of the skimmer and uses a magnet to hold it in place.

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The Reef Glass Nano Skimmer uses proven “old school” skimming technology in a slim design that’s perfect for reef aquariums up to 30 gallons.

This DIY reefkeeper performed a relatively easy modification to his 32 gallon Coralife BioCube aquarium by drilling a hole of sufficient diameter into the lid to accommodate the Reef Glass.

If you are considering modding any of your aquarium equipment, be sure to check the return policy of the store you purchased it from along with the manufacturer warranty before moving forward. Altering products generally voids any coverage you may have, so proceed at your own risk!

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