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Old 07-08-2013, 11:19 PM   #11
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sure rated for a skimmer pump, but when you have a skimmer pump and its say a pump rated for 800gph its not actually pulling 800gph of water, its mixing that with air, you are maybe getting 400gph through it, and then tehre are the recirculating skimmers that are fed with a seperate pump and usually recommended at a low rate, for most skimmers rated at a few hundred gallons its recommended around 250gph of flow at most, reason being for better contact time with the actual bubbles so it can actually attract more dissolved organic and pull it out.

there can be a hole debate on the topic of flow rate, but more contact time makes for better absorption of organic compounds. sure a high rate of flow will turn things over but you will not get the same contact time on the algaes or with the bubbles, so wit ha skimmer you may not have the same stable foam head as you may have with a slower rate.
I've used many pumps on many tanks and haven't seen anything like you are saying. I've not seen better growth of algae with slower flow, and I've not seen uneven or lesser skimmate from faster flow.
The reason recirculating skimmers use smaller pumps for feed, is because a larger pump will simply overwhelm and overflow the limited reaction chamber.

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What kind of lighting is being used for growth? Used to be the CF bulbs were fine, but are there other options, like an LED pendant light?
any type of light will grow algae. A curly-Q energy saver bulb is fine. Whatever you feel like spending the money on.
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Going to try and revive this thread.. Have you gotten everything finished? Can you post pics? I'm getting ready to set up a basement sump similar. Interested in ideas
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:29 PM   #13
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Do you have a drawing of the system to share?
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I stole my sump/Fuge idea from New York steelo on YouTube (just the sump, don't really care for his other ideas*) but it works very well.
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I have made some more changes recently, a real ATO and a bio pellet reactor, but the baffles and bubble traps work perfect.
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I took my design from NY Steelo too. Though mine is much shorter in length than his! I would love my fuge to be larger. Next tank...
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Nice! Yeah I love the design and just elongated it to a 6 foot 90 gallon. Works great! I like how you have the sock holders built in, very nice.
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Oh ok. I thought you were going to plumb it to the basement in troughs
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Old 02-08-2014, 10:22 AM   #18
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Nice! Yeah I love the design and just elongated it to a 6 foot 90 gallon. Works great! I like how you have the sock holders built in, very nice.

Thanks. I added some features like the black panels and the probe holder. Though, only my PH holder fits. The salinity is too wide
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That design has been used for many years. "steelo" didn't invent it...
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That design has been used for many years. "steelo" didn't invent it...

I know lol, he just made it easy to copy bc of how he promoted and filmed it. What do you use X?
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