Older modded skimmer vs new design

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I’m sitting here watching my 15 year old atb skimmer that I modded with a adjustable dc pump and gate valve. I’m thinking this bad boy skims probably as good as a new design skimmer. It has the baffle plate and what not in there. Skimmate is super nasty. Bubbles are nice and small/unformed.
I would really like to hear from some old school reefers from back in the euro reef, H&S and deltec days. Is it worth the money to buy a new skimmer or is it basically the same tech as 15 years old with a few mods.

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Your mod is a good as any high end internal skimmer of today when comparing performance.

The old school skimmers were beasts and can't be touched in performance. They fell to the wayside due size, big pumps to drive them, noise issues.

External models are awesome from the past as well as today. I loved my AP700 Deltec external.

Today's skimmers are more designed for form fit. They fit nice under your tank are quiet with low electricity usage & small footprint (pump inside reaction chamber) which all come at the sacrifice of top performance.
 

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I would keep it. My DIY skimmer is twice as old as that and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Newer stuff is usually inherently cheaper and by that I mean how it's built, not how much it cost.

Skimmers help bubbles remove wastes, they don't cure cancer, get us to Mars, or help with psoriasis.
Don't change good working vintage tools.

Sorry skimmer manufacturers. :cool:
 

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I’m sitting here watching my 15 year old atb skimmer that I modded with a adjustable dc pump and gate valve. I’m thinking this bad boy skims probably as good as a new design skimmer. It has the baffle plate and what not in there. Skimmate is super nasty. Bubbles are nice and small/unformed.
I would really like to hear from some old school reefers from back in the euro reef, H&S and deltec days. Is it worth the money to buy a new skimmer or is it basically the same tech as 15 years old with a few mods.

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I have a Euro Reef that has been in the box on a shelf for 12 years now that I would love to mod! Time will tell!
 
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About the only thing that has made much difference is the use of lower power draw pumps .... everything else is just Marketing. I use a 15 year old ASM skimmer on one tank and a 20 year old MTC skimmer(though modified more recently) on the other. I'd defy anyone to prove that these don't skim just as well as the newest bright shiny object. All to say ..... keep what you have.
 
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