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    New External Cone Skimmer Hits the Market

    Bubble Pioneer from Singapore has released a new external series to add on to its popular cone skimmer line. These still have not made it outside of Asia, but I would imagine it’s only a matter of time. They have become extremely popular in Hong Kong, and starting at $380 USD for an external cone […]

    Bubble Pioneer from Singapore has released a new external series to add on to its popular cone skimmer line. These still have not made it outside of Asia, but I would imagine it’s only a matter of time. They have become extremely popular in Hong Kong, and starting at $380 USD for an external cone skimmer it makes sense why.

    For $380 you can purchase the Bubble Pioneer BP-CSE. It has a small footprint of 8.5″ x 8.5″ with a height of 21.5″. This model is powered by an AquaBee 2000 pulling just over 500lph. It’s a simple design with updated features like the cone body and direct pump feed. The actual body design of the BP-CSE is very similar to the KZ revolution cone skimmer.

    What I like most about this design, and ATB’s for that matter, is the removable base plate that allows complete disassembly. 

    The larger BP-CME is powered by an Eheim 1260 which boosts the price to $490.  It is identical to the BP-CSE, except for the change in pump which mounted horizontally allowing the cylindrical lower section to be removed. The BP-CSE measures in at 10.5″ x 10.5″ x 22″. I swear I’ve seen this before… aye-tee-something??

    Like the CSE, the CME can be completely dissembled.

    The CME shown above is also available with an AquaBee 5000 pump for increased air draw and performance. This model is called the CLE and costs $540. A much larger option, the $680 BP-CXL is the largest Bubble Pioneer skimmer currently available. At 12″ x 12″ x 27″ tall and powered by a Laguna Max Flo 2000 pump, very few would need anything larger.

    11 Comments

    1. Nicholas Sadaka
      February 3, 2009 at 1:09 PM | Permalink

      As a person with a limited budget, I find it very encouraging that these type of skimmers seem to be coming down in price. As someone who does not have a lot of technical and scientific know-how, I rely on those that do to drive the popularity trends in equipment. Cones seem to be the future, and I’m really glad that hopefully soon America will have these products in a reasonable price range. When you get around $1000 for a skimmer in anything less than a really big tank, it’s just hard to justify in my mind. To me, $500 is a lot for a hobby level skimmer on a hobby level tank, so this is great news to me regardless of who rips off who. If a skimmer performs like a high end one for half the price, I’ll be more than happy to have everyone who looks at my tank to say I use equipment with inferior brand naming. Economic times are too tough for anything less in my book. Great story as always…LOVE seeing the new equipment, whether low-end or pricey! Thanks!

    2. Jon
      February 3, 2009 at 3:04 PM | Permalink

      On the downside, it voilates the ‘full cone’ body patent that ATB has. I dont imagine they will make it to the US because of that.

    3. Richard Gilliland
      February 4, 2009 at 11:36 AM | Permalink

      I want one! It is nice to see the price coming down although the material prices haven’t changed as far as I know:)

    4. JM
      February 4, 2009 at 11:43 AM | Permalink

      I found a video showing the skimmer in action

      http://media.photobucket.com/video/skimmer/aquamarinsingapore/P1010154.flv?o=98

    5. February 4, 2009 at 2:00 PM | Permalink

      @Jon – got a patent number? 😉 The phrasing you used is a bit misleading.

    6. February 4, 2009 at 2:40 PM | Permalink

      @JM – As you know, that is the Skimz.

    7. March 18, 2009 at 6:05 AM | Permalink

      I finally managed to order this skimmer. The CLE-model with the AquaBee 5000 pump should be on it’s way to Norway in a week or so. $620 including 2nd-day shipping..

    8. March 18, 2009 at 11:10 AM | Permalink

      Nice to see some competition coming to the US. I have been looking around for a nice Cone skimmer lately. I currently have a Deltec Ap851 on a 100gl rimless and I feel it is too powerful for the system. If I can find one of these skimmer I can store the Deltec for use on a larger tank in the future.

      I will be keeping my eye out for these skimmers…..

    9. March 27, 2009 at 7:10 AM | Permalink

      Skimmer arrived today. Everything looks very nice. It will replace a Deltec 851, I’ll try to leave an update here in a while 🙂

    10. Luke33
      July 13, 2009 at 2:49 PM | Permalink

      I wonder why these still haven’t made it to the US, as they are a good price and look like a very nice budget cone that will perform just as nice as any other.

    11. robin
      October 6, 2009 at 4:22 AM | Permalink

      I am so interest in that. where can get the dealer of Bubble Pioneer? any website or dealer that i can reach. Thank you.

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