The Tunze line of DOC protein skimmers is one of our most extensive product lines. Starting with the smallest, the Nano DOC skimmer (for aquariums 10-50 gallons), the line goes all the up to the Master DOC 9480 (appropriate for aquariums over 2,000 gallons). It isn’t just a linear progression, either, as there are several different styles of skimmer available, each with different features suited to different husbandry situations. The purpose of today’s post is to give a very basic rundown of the entire DOC line. We’ll leave the in-depth coverage for upcoming posts.
Here’s the 9002 Nano skimmer. It is, at the moment, the only skimmer in our Nano line. It’s an in-tank skimmer suitable for aquariums up to 55 gallons containing “Average sensitivity” corals such as leathers, LPS and many of the soft corals and sponges. If it’s going into a tank with high sensitivity corals such as Acropora, then 30 gallons would be a more appropriate maximum size.
Moving up the line we have the Comline series of DOC skimmers. These work as either in-tank or in-sump skimmers and can be run in as little as 4 inches of water in aquariums up to about 550 gallons. One of the most attractive features of this line, especially the 9011, is that it performs well even in settings where the water level varies on a daily basis.
Next we have the plankton-safe series of Classic DOC skimmers. These rely on diffusion of protein laden molecules into the reaction chamber to produce foam. These are extremely popular with researchers and hobbyists who want to remove dissolved organic compounds but leave as much zooplankton as possible in the aquarium.
Rounding out the list we have the DOC and Master DOC skimmers:
This concludes our simple overview of the DOC skimmer line. Each of these products will be covered in-depth in upcoming posts. If you have any questions feel free to contact us directly.