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Old 03-07-2004, 12:22 PM   #11
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surface skum

I had this problem in my first tank, when I didn't have an overflow box. I tried to get the skimmer to draw water from the surface but I could never keep the level of the tank stable enough to have it work consistently without constant adjusting.

If the tank level was a bit high...the skimmer would draw from below the surface.

If the tank level got too low...the skimmer would run dry really quickly.

So I ended up directing the outflow from the skimmer to FALL into the tank. This would break up the skum and suck it back down into the tank.

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