ReefEco Launches the StinkSink, a Skimmer Odor Carbon Filter
The StinkSink aims to be an improvement over what has typically been a DIY solution to address skimmer stink, and is a made-to-order custom vessel containing coconut carbon to filter skimmer exhaust. The StinkSink is guaranteed to reduce the stink from your skimmer. Each unit is sized specifically for your skimmer brand and model in a choice of colors, is precision CNC cut from cast acrylic and polycarbonate, and made in the USA.
Sitting on top of your skimmer lid, the patent-pending StinkSink design includes a closed cell foam o-ring which traps and forces all skimmer exhaust through the carbon media. After extensive testing, including with local hobbyists, we chose coconut carbon for its sustainability, lower dust content, affordability, and a particular particle size that provides good filtration without adding back pressure to your skimmer. Each StinkSink has an air hole pattern specific to that skimmer model, ensuring stink laden exhaust travels through the most carbon possible. Most models also have adjustable alignment pins that make removing and replacing your StinkStink for skimmer maintenance quick and easy, while helping prevent knocking off the StinkSink when you inevitably bump your skimmer during sump maintenance.
The initial design of the StinkSink is compatible with the most common skimmer design – those with a flat lid and standard hole pattern. We have also just developed a new design to accommodate lid-mounted cup level sensors that are included in some DC-pump powered skimmers. Compatibility for some skimmer brands that have thumbscrews or non-flat lids may also be tackled in the future.
While not specifically tested for ozone, filtering ozone with carbon is a well-known methodology, and many are finding a bonus application if they inject ozone into their skimmer. The main components of the StinkSink, its cast acrylic and polycarbonate vessel, and EPDM o-ring, will stand up well to ozone. Replacement sets of nylon hardware will be available should ozone effect this less resistant material, and special ozone resistant hardware sets made from polycarbonate may be available for purchase in the future for those employing ozone.