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    Custom ATB Slim Line Skimmer Boasts Double Bubble Plate

    I’m in the process of overhauling some of the basic filtration items on the glassbox, one of which happens to be the skimmer. Not because the current ATB Small External is not good enough, rather, I have a compulsion to try new equipment. I suppose it comes with the territory. Victor at ATB USA has […]

    atb slim line skimmer

    I’m in the process of overhauling some of the basic filtration items on the glassbox, one of which happens to be the skimmer. Not because the current ATB Small External is not good enough, rather, I have a compulsion to try new equipment. I suppose it comes with the territory.

    Victor at ATB USA has spoken very highly of the ATB Deluxe line, and it was something I’ve wanted to try. Except for the fact I couldn’t afford the large footprint.

    atb slim line

    I loved the form of the ATB Slim Line skimmmer, but wanted some of the updated features of the Deluxe. Leave it to Anton and Victor to combine the two. ATB USA sent us this ATB Slim Line that boasts some Deluxe heritage–namely the double bubble plate and float switch that when wired will shut down the skimmer pump before overflowing.

    atb slim line deluxe

    Here you can see the adjustable wedge pipe output which draws water from the very bottom of the conical body. The pump injects the air / water mixture into the double bubble plate, which features a diffuser on the outlet pipe to help disperse water within that smaller chamber.

    The pump on this skimmer is the new Sicce Syncra 1000 based ATB Mini Airstar 2. (It is possible to upgrade to the Laguna 900 based Airstar pro pump on this body).

    Overall, it is a simple, extremely well made design that I look forward to punishing with multiple feedings a day.

    11 Comments

    1. Anonymous
      October 29, 2010 at 2:18 PM | Permalink

      That is a sexy looking skimmer… How tall is it?

    2. Ziyaadoo
      October 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM | Permalink

      what a stunner of a skimmer, does the double bubble plate realllly make that much of a difference?

    3. Shiveley
      October 29, 2010 at 5:00 PM | Permalink

      I wish I had friends in the skimmer industry…

    4. October 29, 2010 at 5:12 PM | Permalink

      It’s roughly 28″ tall with a 10×10″ foot print.

    5. October 29, 2010 at 5:15 PM | Permalink

      It’s difficult to say. Given the vertical input on this model (air and water shooting straight up), the additional diffusion will likely help.

    6. October 29, 2010 at 5:17 PM | Permalink

      ATB typically welcomes customizing their equipment for customers. The wait time is longer, but something to consider.

    7. reef
      October 29, 2010 at 6:27 PM | Permalink

      Nice skimmer,
      Does the double bubble plate actually help with performance? It would slow the water going into the skimmer.

    8. Mike Granato
      October 30, 2010 at 1:14 AM | Permalink

      The double bubble plate is not new. I invented that concept in the design of an early prototype of my Matrix Skimmer from ’08. A couple of other original design elements from that skimmer have also been “borrowed” and put into production.

      In my opinion, the double bubble plate adds little, if any, in the way of performance. It didn’t hurt, but it really didn’t help – more of a form over function element. It does add to the look, appeal, and techiness in photos, though. 🙂

      In ’08, GBD was kind enough to do a feature of the father of double bubble plates. http://glassbox-design.com/2008/the-matrix-skimmer-a-new-level-of-diy/

    9. danger
      October 31, 2010 at 6:41 AM | Permalink

      dimensions???

    10. KirkAZ
      November 10, 2010 at 11:47 PM | Permalink

      Any update Eric? Do you have it up and running?

    11. November 11, 2010 at 12:45 AM | Permalink

      @Kirk, unfortunately to house the skimmer I need an entire new sump and filtration overhaul. The ball is rolling, but it will take some time.

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