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Old 02-02-2005, 08:38 PM   #1
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Protein Skimmer

Well, i got my hands on a protein skimmer for DIRT cheap ... priced at $199.99 ... got it for $9.99 (yes you saw correctly!) Anyways ... I got the instructions for the skimmer and i have a drain spout that i know i need a hose hooked up to it. Anyways ... I have a hose that i can hook to it no problem ... what i am wondering is do i need a valve hooked to it so the water/scum can drain out or what? It is an Amiracle Protein skimmer.

TIA for any help with setup (i am tired and the instructions don't make sense)
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Old 02-02-2005, 10:50 PM   #2
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Which one is it? The Typhoon? VPS 3000, 2000, 1000? Let me know... I've used em

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Old 02-02-2005, 11:03 PM   #3
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yeah, we really need to know exactly what model skimmer you got.
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Old 02-02-2005, 11:36 PM   #4
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It is a Amiracle Protein Skimmer (22" high) and a PS-3 model ... That is all i could find out about it all
http://www.thatpetplace.com/Products.../Itemdy00.aspx

That is the best i could get ya ... It is without a photo
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if its just draining the scum from the colection cup then just hooking a hose up to it will do. but if you ever want to take the hose off your going to want to get a valve
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Old 02-03-2005, 01:48 AM   #6
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No valve needed... There should be a red cap on the collection cup, and if you take it off, you can hook up a hose to it and feed it into some kind of trash can (milk container even) to just hold the waste so you don't have to clean it as often. Just let it flow freely into the container, and you'll be good to go.

Just make sure that the hose always runs downwards so there's no clog. Nice feature since you don't have to empty the thing daily. Most people use an empty gallon of milk that's cleaned out... easy to empty, and dirt cheap

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Old 02-03-2005, 02:46 AM   #7
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Is this a good brand? Do they work well compared to the cpr and aqua c
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Old 02-03-2005, 02:51 AM   #8
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To be honest, no. They don't compare, although they do say they're rated for high gallon tanks. If you want reliability, go with Aqua C. CPR is good for a smaller tank. I had mine and sold it. Unit before was WAY too finicky... had to be adjusted 3 times a day, wouldn't skim that much at all... was a big hassle. Amiracle makes good wet/dry units & overflow boxes... but I would stay away from their skimmers. If you can find one at an AWESOME price like $10... then it's at least worth a shot

Do yourself a favor and save up some money for a good skimmer... just my opinion, but then again, I choose my reasons to go into debt. .

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