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Old 10-13-2004, 10:08 AM   #1
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Anbody modified a Hang on Back Skimmer to work in a sump?

I'm working out the details for my sump. I have a hang on back skimmer and don't really want to have to purchase a new one. I figured I could add some pipe to the intake piece to make it long enough to reach the water in the sump. But that still leaves me with water falling like 6 inches or so back into the tank, which I'm sure would be noisey. Any ideas or suggestions?

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Old 10-13-2004, 10:44 AM   #2
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It's not mandatory in a FWOLR....but it will make life SO much easier if you use one.
I had wicked cyano problems in my 40 FOWLR which is only lightly stocked. I used a (don't laugh) Prizm skimmer.
When I upgraded last week to a CPR bak-pak, the cyano suddenly started to diminish...and now a week later I have very little cyano. Why? because my skimmer's pulling out all the crap that the Prizm didn't...so it's no longer breaking down into phosphates.
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I'd really like to use the skimmer I have hanging on the back of my 55 thats is coming down once the 150 is up and running. But like I said it is a hang on back setup. I'm not sure how to deal with the water fallin 6 inches or so back into the sump.
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you could try and place a piece of acrylic at an angle underneath the skimmer so that the water has a ramp to flow down into the sump. I would think that this should minimize any splashing.
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