Skimmer Q&A Thread

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

  1. Kayzah

    Kayzah Member

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    Hi there,

    I've just received my DELTEC protein skimmer. It's quite a daunting piece of equipment.
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    I wanted to what is this red knurled-screw is for?
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    and what is that for?
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    Thank in advance.
     

  2. mcarroll

    mcarroll Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award

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    Almost not.
    Stop battling.
    That's not a large number of fish, but it could be a fine load for a little 24" cube.
    Stop chasing numbers.
    Switch skimmers, or perhaps speak to the manufacturer to see if they can help.
    Stop/remove all the extra filtration as it's not going to help. Get down to just live rock and protein skimmer.

    PM me if you have a thread on this (or just want to continue in PM), but my guess is that your system has no phosphates and that is preventing nitrates from being consumed.

    Fantastic skimmers. :)
     
  3. bobman

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    Red Screw no idea but it looks like it is holding that T fitting in place. Whatever it is it is securing something in place

    The cup thingy next to the collection cup is an air silencer to keep the noise down. After you get that thing installed and running remove it and you will know why it is there
     
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  4. Hubtech

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    OK, I've got one for you guys. I just picked up a new 210 6' tank. I've got a 4' 75g that I'm going to turn into the sump and a Deltec TC-2560..... it's a monster. I realize the TC is an external skimmer... but would it be possible to run it in sump? If so... Help :) fullsizeoutput_85d.jpeg IMG_0949.JPG
     
  5. bobman

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    Those pumps looks to be a internal/external pump which is some of the reason why some skimmer can be run internal. With that in mind the only other issue I would see is keeping it internal changes the head pressure inside the skimmer so I would pay attention to the water depth but with a little trial and error with dialing it in (as with any skimmer really) I dont see why I could not run internally. They make an internal and external model and I really dont see much difference between the 2
     
  6. GBRsouth

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    Will your sump be under your tank? If so I'd be concerned about clearance to remove that beast from the sump for cleaning! The only other issues would be getting the right depth in the water and any back pressure on the outflow like you have already mentioned.
     
  7. Hubtech

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    Yep. That’s a concern as well. I could run it external but still in the cabinet but then I’m lit of room. No ato resivoir or dosing containers.
     
  8. Hubtech

    Hubtech Active Member Build Thread Contributor

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    It does have the auto neck cleaner squeegee, and the top bits come off easy without having to remove the entire skimmer. Still it’s a monster. I’ll have just under 300g in the whole system and this thing is rated for 550-650g. Any idea what it would sell for? It’s used but super clean.
     
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  10. bobman

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    Thats a tough question to answer usually if it is in good shape I would say 50% of what it would cost new is a safe asking price and see what people offer. This model has been discontinued so its hard to find one for sale online. I did find one overseas for 1200 euros which is about $1400. So around 600-700 would seem like a good asking price IMO.
     
  11. mcarroll

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    I'd have to go with @bobman....I'm not too sure on this. ;)
     
  12. Steve509

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    Any skimmer recommendations for a Reefer 525XL? Thanks - Steve
     
  13. SuperHaze57

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    Any recommendations for my 75g build? I was considering the Vertex Omega 150
     
  14. Steve509

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    I don’t have much skimmer experience but the Aquamaxx cone s co-1 I used on my 65 gallon worked very well and required little break in.
     
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    Thanks!
     
  16. Matthew the clutch

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    So idk what happened to my skimmer last night. I saw that it was overflowing so I emptied it out and cleaned it and when I came back to put the cup back on I noticed the water level in the skimmer was really low. It’s not coming back up to the right spot and is building up waste way to low. I didn’t touch anything when I took the cup off soo?? Anyone know what might have happened?? No matter what I do with that knob that you turn to open it up and close the air nothing helps the water come up. Is something broken ??
     
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    @Matthew the clutch Time for a cleaning. :)

    Make sure the air intake line is not blocked at all. Especially check the opening in the pump where the hose connects...salt creep can build up there. It's especially likely with an open air-intake since the air can be so dry.
     
  18. furam28

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    Also check the pump itself. I like to vinegar clean my pump and impeller regularly. The needlewheel impellers are very good at getting algae or chaeto stuck in them and that will affect performance and can break your impeller.
     
  19. justinm

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    Does anyone know if I can hook up a Bubble Blaster HY1000 to a Reef Octopus 150ext Recirculating skimmer? Trying to see if that would help it be more efficient in terms of DOC removal. Thanks!
     
  20. reeftivo

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    sounds to me like maybe somethings stuck blocking water into the intake. if the air venturi were clogged the water level inside would rise, not lower.

    other two maybe's are impeller assembly is spinning, or pump is nose diving
     
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