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Clarity Protein Skimmer

The effectiveness of traditional Protein Skimmers or Foam Fractionators in fresh water is restricted by the lower density in fresh water and therefore the ability to form small enough bubbles with enough surface area to attract the organic waste.

Since the Clarity Protein Skimmer is based on an entirely different approach, the Clarity protein Skimmer does not have this limitation. This results in superb efficiency also in fresh water and opens up many exciting applications for the Clarity Protein Skimmer.
 
The Clarity Protein Skimmer Regulates the level of oxygen in water.
 
During the normal process of feeding fish and decomposing of organic matter, the level of oxygen in the water is altered. These environmental changes are not desirable for the fish and result in increased stress and unhealthy conditions. Clarity protein Skimmers mode of operation restores the balance of oxygen in the water as part of the process of making the foam.
 
The Clarity Protein Skimmer Breaks down ammonia and nitrite to nitrate before foaming.

Clarity Foaming 1 hour laterAs the water trickles down the Clarity Protein Skimmers airing tower , bacteria fastened to bio-rings decompose organic compounds to simpler, less toxic substances. The most important example of this process is the breakdown of ammonia to nitrite and eventually nitrate. This lowers the toxicity of the compounds and results in a more effective removal of organic compounds. 

Ozone treatment can be combined with the Clarity Protein Skimmer which results in stable water conditions in spite of great variations in the quality of the incoming water.
 
The Clarity Protein Skimmer is low maintenance. The Clarity protein Skimmer is easy to install and can run for several months without any maintenance (dependent on the quality of the feed water).  Since there are no moving parts and thus no wear and tear, the Clarity protein Skimmer has a long life span, increasing the financial investment in this unique Protein Skimmer / Foam Fractionator.

Clarity Model

Capacity L/Hour

Pond Size (L)Dimensions (cm) Inlet (mm)
Clarity CL 3 3000 3000 - 10000 115 H x 70 L x 30 W 40 mm
Clarity  CL 10 10000 10000 - 30000 135 H x 85 L x 40 W 50 mm

How it works

How the Clarity Protein Skimmer works
 
The Clarity Protein Skimmer consists of one integrated unit that performs several distinct functions:
 
1. Breakdown of complex organic matter to simpler,
less toxic forms (ammonia -> nitrite -> nitrate)
 
2. Aeration of water, restoring the right balance of  O2, CO2 and N2 in the water
 
3. Formation of foam containing organic compounds (DOC)
 
4. Collects foam in the patented foam collection unit
 
Functions 1 – 3 occur in the trickle tower column, and function 4 is carried out in the patented foam collection unit.
 
Together, these functions result in a highly effective system for removal of organic waste and result in high-purity water conditions.
Item # Description Price Add to Cart
CL3Clarity Protein Skimmer CL 3 Unit595.00 Add to Cart
CL10Clarity Protein Skimmer CL 10 Unit995.00 Add to Cart
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Aquasure Prozone Unit

Aquasure Prozone Unit

The Aquasure Prozone Ozone Unit will help give good water clarity and take the colorants out of your pond by helping remove proteins from the water which leave a yellowy/brown tinge. The The Aquasure Prozone Ozone unit consists of both a protein extractor (foam fractioner) and ozone unit all in one.

The Aquasure Prozone Ozone Unit works by using your pond water which is pumped through the ozone unit then through the protein extractor and returned to the pond. This is the easiest and most effective protein extractor we have worked with due to this unit having 2 control valves instead of the conventional 1 control valve. One is used for the adjustment of air flow to the venturi and the other for the adjustment of the air vacuum.

You also have the added benefit of this being combined with the ozone unit as an all in one component. Setting up requires you to connect your water pump (5000ltr recommended) to the inlet of the prozone unit. The outlet simply returns to the pond.

Plug the Aquasure Prozone Unit in and it will produce 0.042mg of ozone per minute giving you 2.52mg of ozone per hour. This ozone unit is also extremely cost effective using only 25 watts of power! The only maintenance required is a six monthly bulb replacement. 
 
What is a protein skimmer ?

A protein skimmer is a device that concentrates and removes dissolved material from water by floating it to the surface via an accumulation of air bubbles. It basically consists of a tube (the contact column) for concentration of bubbles, an aeration device (e.g. air stone, venturi) a water inlet and outlet and a removable collection bowl. Some units may add additional features, but the basic design is the same. The name "protein skimmer" is misleading. A more appropriate name is "Foam Fractioner," due to the fact that the bubbles concentrations (foam) serve to separate dissolved material from the water. Most of the material, teamed DOC (dissolved organic carbon) by scientists is produced by the biodegrading activity of certain bacteria, but some is released by algae and other organisms as part of their normal body function. Because the DOC is dissolved in the water they cannot be removed by traditional mechanical filtration methods.

Why use a protein extractor ?

A foam fractionator removes the DOC that a traditional mechanical filter does not. The accumulation of DOC in water, among other things inhibit the nitrifying bacteria and increase the biological oxygen demand (BOD a way of measuring water pollution), thus lowering water quality. Water becomes discoloured and smells foul. Furthermore, some types of DOC can be degraded by bacteria in the water, via a process called Mineralization. Heterotrophic bacteria convert DOC into toxic substances such as ammonia and carbon dioxide, while consuming vital oxygen in the process.

How does a protein extractor work ?

The two keys to effective protein extraction (or foam fractionating) are air bubbles and surfactants. DOCS are surfactants-compounds whose surface is defined as "active". This means that when a surfactant compound is in water, its non-polar end, labelled hydrophobic or "water hating" seeks the surface in the air. Normally, the only "air surface" in a pond is the surface of the water. However if bubbles are added to the water more air surface is created. More air surface means more surfactants (DOC) are attracted and removed. Smaller bubbles have more surface area than larger ones. Also the longer the bubbles stay in the water the longer its contact time with the surfactant. Bubble size and contact time determine how effective and how fast a extractor will work.

Protein extractors take advantage of these physical properties by producing a large amount of bubbles in a controlled space (the contact column). This serves to concentrate the bubbles and the DOC. As the bubbles in the air column rise, the surfactants (DOC) attach to the surface of the bubbles so that its hydrophobic end is "inside" and in contact with the air. The bubbles carry the DOC to the water surface, where it forms foam. The air-preferring DOC stays at the surface rather than re-dissolve into the pond water. This process is repeated thousands of times a minute and a large amount of foam can be generated. The foam grows over time, is collected in a bowl or other vessel, and is to be removed at regular intervals. While there is considerably more physics involved in trying to produce the right bubble size and in the determination of other factors as well, this is a basic operative mechanical involved in protein extracting. The goal of any good extracting is to produce a great number of small bubbles in the contact column. With improved technology of this protein extractor it is possible to remove harmful protein compounds from freshwater by producing micro bubbles from the outset, so it produces foam when other protein skimmers can’t.

How long should I run the Aquasure Prozone Ozone Unit ?

Twenty-four hours a day. There will be some periods of the day when the extractor will produce more foam than others, but that is natural.

Is ozone required with my extractor?

It is not necessary to use ozone with a protein extractor. Although, ozone can encourage additional oxidation and breakdown of large molecules, making them more susceptible to removal by extraction and give water more clarity.

Item # Description Price Add to Cart
TCL212Aquasure Protein Skimmer250.00 Add to Cart
TCL225Aquasure Prozone Ozone Unit (Complete)315.00 Add to Cart
TCL226Aquasure Prozone Unit Replacement 25 watt Ozone Lamp19.50 Add to Cart
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Tornado II Protein Skimmer

Tornado II Protein Skimmer

The Tornado II Protein Skimmer is the New improved version of the popular Tornado protein skimmer. No more pressure loss on the inlet due to the absence of a venturi. Water goes straight into the filter. Air is blown into the 4mm air inlet through a supplied flowmeter to ensure a continuous flow of 0,5 l/m (30 l/h). This pressure ensures the separation of the produced foam through the foam outlet pipe.

The Tornado II Protein Skimmer is a combination of three different filter systems. The Tornado II Protein Skimmer filter operates biological, mechanical and chemical.

The Tornado II Protein Skimmer principle operates as follows: The surface of an air bubble attracts dissolved substances out of the water. Because of the adhesion of the bubbles these substances, like chemicals, waste particles, colourants and algae, are concentrated. By means of an air pump, air is mixed with water.

By forcing this mixture through the bio rings to a lower part, there is a long contact between air and water. This changes the surface tension of the water continuously and creates a thick foam. This foam will be separated from the cleared water by a perforated cone and exits through the foam outlet. Dissolved substances like; phosphates, ammonia, humus acids, colourants, proteins and a number of heavy metals, are filtered out of the water and separated together with the foam.

The extraction of dissolved substances is not possible with normal filters and can only be done if chemicals are added.

The Tornado II Protein Skimmer filter has various advantages:

  • Stabilizes pH
  • Removes colourants
  • Increases dissolved oxygen
  • Not dependant on bacteria, works as soon as the pump is running.
  • Total height 74cm, Ø16cm. Water inlet Ø25mm
  • water outlet Ø40 mm,
  • foam outlet Ø25mm.
  • Pump capacity max. 5m³/h.

Item # Description Price Add to Cart
TPS101Tornado II Protein Skimmer245.00 Add to Cart

Cloverleaf Dual Function Foam Fractioner

Cloverleaf Dual Function Foam Fractioner

New For 2007. Cloverleaf have opted for a fresh radical design approach culminating in a unit with a small footprint based on the basic body of the M70 fluidised bed filter. Cloverleaf’s thinking process concluded that having a device which is rich in oxygen saturated water was a waste of resources if a substantial biological gain could not also be made, and the new Dual Function Foam Fractioner addresses such technical shortcomings by now incorporating a high performance beneficial biological media bed.
The new fractioner/protein skimmer will appeal to all those suffering foam on the pond surface (excess protein or dissolved organic compounds), or those pond keepers who are simply after obtaining the ultimate in water quality via an additional contribution in reducing nitrite levels.

Key assets of the new design are superb value for money, a visual awareness of the units internal behaviour, far more easier maintenance of the venturi, plus the great bonus of incorporating 4 litres of long life floating biological media which significantly enhances water quality and the pond environment.

The new floating plastic media is as used in Cloverleaf’s latest PSS (particle separation system) ADTEC range of Multi Bay Filter’s which following extensive research and development is believed to be technically superior to anything else available on the international market. The media was designed by Cloverleaf and is produced at the Essex factory.

The unit will cater for ponds up to 10,000 gallons (36,000 litres) and is approx 1000mm high (40") with a body diameter of 110mm (4"). Minimum pump requirement are 3,600 LPH (800 GPH) - ideal 4,500 LPH (1,000 GPH). Pipe inlet size 40mm (1.5”) – outlet 50mm (2”). Maintenance of the device is minimal. 

The basics of the devices operation is that pumped water (via a dedicated pump) passes under pressure through a venturi unit, where the input of air creates a large volume of oxygen rich water which passes down the transparent column through the biological media. Once the water reaches the base of the column its flow path is forced into an outer cavity formed by a short length of transparent inner pipe (the collection tube) . By the laws of physics any air bubbles which have attracted contaminants within the water then rise up into the capped inner pipe (the collection tube), where they also rise to thereafter discharge through gravity into the waste pipe outlet ready for collection via a bucket or bowl (not supplied). The remaining flow of water in the outer cavity continues its path to the main bottom outlet where it is returned to the pond. To cater for various pump flow rates and controlling variable waste extract levels a standard Cloverleaf side valve is provided on the pond return outlet. Its setting will automatically also influence the saturated oxygen output (LPH).

Some pond keepers will find it necessary to have the device running 365 days a year, whilst other will obtain adequate success in only using the device for a few days each week after an initial dirty running in period.

The importance of having good oxygen saturation levels in Koi ponds is vital for the health of the fish, and of great importance to sustaining the beneficial biological bacteria which colonise within conventional filtration system mediums.

It should be stressed that the Cloverleaf Dual Function Foam Fractioner cannot be regarded as any form of saviour to an existing pond with a poor filtration system. This is not its purpose.

Usage Tips:

Periodic cleaning of the Inner Perforated Transparent Collection Tube is advised, with access available via removal of the base plant.

For vertical stability of the Foam Fractioner device the circular base plate should be screw fixed down to a suitable medium (concrete paving etc), or alternatively fixed to a plank of timber decking.

To reduce surface agitation and noise the return pipe to the pond can if required discharge via a bend and short vertical drop with the bottom of the pipe drop set 30mm above  the pond surface. All pipework should be 50mm diameter.

In the event of using medications in the pond it is advisable to adjust the foam fractioner so that its extract abilities are terminated, however under such circumstances the device should ALWAYS be left running due to its production of oxygen, and its live biological bed.

Item # Description Price Add to Cart
CDFFCloverleaf Dual Function Foam Fractioner195.00 Add to Cart

Pond Protein Extractor

Pond Protein ExtractorThe Pond protein Extractor offers a good specification and value for money relative to competitors products, and will appeal to those suffering from foam on the ponds surface (through excess protein or dissolved organic compounds). It will also appeal to those committed to obtaining the ultimate in water quality. The unit will cater for ponds up to 8,000 gallons (36,000 litres) and is 600mm dia x 350mm high.

Minimum pump requirement 4,500 LPH. Pipe inlet size 40mm (1.5”) – outlet 50mm (2”). With no filter mediums to keep clean maintenance of the device can be fairly described as almost non-existent. 

The basics of the devices operation is that pumped water (via a dedicated pump) passes under pressure through a venturi unit, where the input of air creates a mass of air bubbles which attract and contain contaminants within the water. These bubbles burst within the central inner chamber of the tank and the extracted contaminants are passed through gravity along a pipe to the 320mm dia external waste catchment bowl. The remaining water in the tank is returned to the pond. Processes of this type cannot be classified as mechanical or biological when they are nether, however they do contribute to reducing nitrite levels.   

Many pond keepers believe that their current water quality is exemplary, and become amazed when they establish just how much dirty waste matter can be extracted from their ponds upon installing a Pond Protein Extractor (protein skimmer) type device. Beyond general contaminants, colourants are also converted into waste, and as an end result water clarity and sparkle is visually improved with a more healthy environment being created.

To cater for various pump flow rates two control valves are provided to adjust both the water level within the tank, and the amount of flow generating the oxygen input.

With no two ponds being the same it is impossible to state how much waste can be extracted from any pond. Likewise there are no cast iron rules as to using a Pond Protein Extractor properly. Some pond keepers will find it necessary to have the device running 365 days a year, whilst other will obtain adequate success in only using the device for a few days each week after an initial dirty running in period.

The importance of having good oxygen saturation levels in Koi ponds is vital for the health of the fish, and of great importance to sustaining the beneficial biological bacteria which colonise within conventional filtration system mediums. This can be achieved by numerous techniques including airstones, or conventional venturi units, however not everyone wishes to having their ponds resemble a witches cauldron, and it is in this area where the Pond Protein Extractor offers a great bonus by pumping oxygen into the water.

Usage Tips:

The 2 control valves should be adjusted so that a slow drip pattern is seen going into the external waste bowl. Heavy rain, water changes and feeding the fish will have a temporary affect on reducing the drip flow rate (perhaps to nothing), however no further adjustment should be made, and the system should be left for normality to return.

To reduce surface agitation and noise the return pipe to the pond can if required discharge via a bend and short vertical drop with the bottom of the pipe drop set 30mm below the pond surface. All pipework should be 50mm diameter.

In the event of using medications in the pond it is advisable to adjust the Pond Protein Extractor so that its extract abilities are terminated, however under such circumstances the device should be left running due to its production of oxygen.
Item # Description Price Add to Cart
TCL201Pond Protein Extractor220.00 Add to Cart