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    Hands on the ATB Mini Airstar v2.0

    The  PSK 2500 based ATB Mini Airstar is dead. The attractive little pump and huge volute was the best PSK 2500 based pump for its time, but has since been laid to rest–and rightfully so. Sicce’s new PSK 600 and PSK 1000 Syncra motor blocks are stronger, more reliable and better built than its past […]

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    The  PSK 2500 based ATB Mini Airstar is dead. The attractive little pump and huge volute was the best PSK 2500 based pump for its time, but has since been laid to rest–and rightfully so. Sicce’s new PSK 600 and PSK 1000 Syncra motor blocks are stronger, more reliable and better built than its past relative. Noting this, ATB has ditched the 2500 model in favor of the 1000 Syncra. 

    Last weekend we had the chance to play with the new ATB Mini Airstar and it’s just as quiet, pulls just as much air, and is much more reliable.

    atb mini airstarATB has incorporated a venturi, pinwheel and base to turn an otherwise normal aquarium pump into a serious foam machine. ATB 840 owners can expect a befitting ~800 lph of air draw at 22w from the pinwheel fitted pump. (With some minor tweaks some additional air can be pulled.)

    With the added rubber feet and mounting base, you can kiss vibration good bye. Sicce owners can also save themselves from salty lips–the Syncra 1000 motor has significantly more torque upon start up, meaning it can operate at depths over 8″ and no more blowing into the air intake to start your skimmer.

     

    4 Comments

    1. Chase
      October 21, 2010 at 10:57 PM | Permalink

      What makes you think I don’t enjoy the intimacy of blowing into my skimmer’s airline hose? Mmmm?

    2. Dnak1200
      October 22, 2010 at 1:53 AM | Permalink

      My 840 v2 came with a PSK1000 (60 watts)

    3. October 25, 2010 at 3:00 AM | Permalink

      @ Chase,

      What you do underneath your aquarium stand is your own business… We don’t judge.

    4. todd santora
      October 16, 2013 at 3:48 PM | Permalink

      Amen to that! Love this website!

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