Skimmer Q&A Thread

Discussion in 'Equipment, Lighting, Hardware, Aquarium Filtration' started by mojo, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. ReeferMike420

    ReeferMike420 Member

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    i have a BM curve 5 thats pretty new and is making a loudish sound from the air silencer. when i cover the hole it stops. Any ideas on how to quiet this down to when it was new?
     
  2. luke33

    luke33 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    When was the last time you cleaned out the venturi and air hole? Could be clogged and causing this issue.
     
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  3. luke33

    luke33 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    If your looking for cheap as you can get you will not find anything better than this guy imo.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/SCA-301-SC-...706231?hash=item2caa0f8a77:g:WT4AAOxy0NtTEu8U

    If you want to spend a few more $'s on a quality skimmer i would go with something like this

    https://premiumaquatics.com/products/eshopps-x120-axium-protein-skimmer-rated-40120gallons.html

    http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/skimz-sn143-monzter-mini-protein-skimmer.html
     
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    luke33 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Sounds like your ready for a skimmer with that bioload! The first thing you need is an area for a skimmer that has a consistent water depth. Generally this is your first compartment your drain lines come into with a baffle. If you have that your next thing is to see how big of a footprint you have for a skimmer, then whats your budget. I'll put a few down that I would look at if i had a moderately stocked 120g tank with a middle of the road budget.

    https://www.reefbreeders.com/shop/d700-skimmer/

    https://premiumaquatics.com/products/reef-octopus-classic-202s-8-compact-skimmer.html

    https://premiumaquatics.com/products/eshopps-x160-axium-protein-skimmer-rated-100225gallons.html

    Any of these skimmers would work great for your system. Personally I would go with the reefbreeders.
     
  5. ReeferMike420

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    thanx man that did the trick
     
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  6. Reef2zach

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    Hey guys. Was wondering if anyone has any experience with the Hydor 700 skimmer. I purchased one for my 200gal. "Says it's rated for 300 gal". And this thing foams so much it filled the cup up with water in like 3 minutes. I understand how skimmers work with water flow and air flow and the need to dial them in. But no matter how I set this it just overflows. Any thoughts? It's a brand new skimmer and was not cheap so I'd like to get it working
     
  7. leahfiish

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    I have a Reef Octopus 152-s set up in my sump (Eshopps R-200). It's a new tank so I wasnt really in a huge rush to get it running as I had nothing to skim out, so I had just been running it without the cup on to keep the water in the skimmer section circulated (otherwise I had a gross film on the top). I want to get it dialed in now but I'm having some issues. It is constantly overflowing with foam. I've tried different water levels, but I would prefer to keep the water in the sump a little higher, about 10 inches. But I've tried it all the way down to about 6.5" and it still is always overflowing. Right now I have the water level at 10 inches and I've created a little platform out of pvc and a spare piece of glass that is about 2.5 inches tall, so the water level for the skimmer is about 7.5". The recommended height for my skimmer is 6.5-8" so it should be well within the range. I've tried adjusting the gate valve on the skimmer with no effect, as well. Any advice?
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  8. graciesdad

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    I have a Bubble Magus BM180EX. I want to upgrade the pump to something much quieter. Any suggestions?
     

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