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Old 10-18-2014, 10:08 PM   #71
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It depends on how paranoid you are of something bad happening. If it were me personally, I would just put a 1ft - 2ft piece of pvc on the end of it and let it hang in my sump. But then again I don't really worry about things moving and becoming dislodged because I'm the only one that touches my tanks.

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Make a stand with eggcrate, cut the cover down, and attach it to the eggcrate making a stand in your sump.

Remove the washing machine hose and just hard plumb it all (my favorite)

Make a bracket that will attach onto the side of the tank and will be able to secure the plumbing. You could even do this with some pvc fittings to make it super easy

I have some other thoughts but they would have to be drawn out to make sense

There's a ton of things you can do... It's just how much effort you want to put into it and how creative you are
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Thanks so much for all the input everyone . I'd love it if you could draw up a few ideas for me! I'll put whatever work needed to get your running as efficient as possible. By the way, would I need a sock to filter water coming down to catch any gunk?


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You have 2 options. Either to keep the black box with external skimmer or get rid of black box with skimmer in sump. If you choose the later the easiest way is just move the skimmer to the right chamber after removing the black box. The only problem with that is the baffle will no longer be a bubble trap. The best way is to flip the sump so that only the skimmer will be moved to the right side where your overflow is but with the black box removed.
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Good idea, but the way my stand is, I cannot move the sump or rotate it.


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Then your only option is just to move the skimmer to the right without the black box. Just extend the pipe with a flexible hose. You can add the filter sock later.
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Get one of these-

and get rid of the filter pad box. Though, you can keep the skimmer in the return section if you implement an auto top off to keep the level in that section a constant.
Also, invest in a refractometer, and ditch the inaccurate hydrometer.
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Get one of these-

and get rid of the filter pad box. Though, you can keep the skimmer in the return section if you implement an auto top off to keep the level in that section a constant.
Also, invest in a refractometer, and ditch the inaccurate hydrometer.
ATO will still have about an inch of water level differential which can still affect the skimmer.
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Hello Bleu! How is your tank doing now?
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Ok...where can I get that clip on sock filter? Is it ok to have the sick filter & skimmer in the same compartment? As for my tank, it's ok. Nitrates dropped to about 20 w/ the large water change...it's a work in progress. Will keep you all posted


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Ok...where can I get that clip on sock filter? Is it ok to have the sick filter & skimmer in the same compartment? As for my tank, it's ok. Nitrates dropped to about 20 w/ the large water change...it's a work in progress. Will keep you all posted


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You don't need a filter sock, but they wont hurt anything.
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