Last night on eBay, I bought a used Reef Devil
(approx 1 year old) RD – Aquarium Skimmers Protein Skimmers Commercial Skimmer
from an experienced reefer in North Carolina. By profession he captures, transports, and sells sharks et al to established commercial aquariums all over the USA, including the original hammerhead and others at the Baltimore Aquarium (I mention that one only because I saw it years ago). Works also in and around the reef hobby. I'm banking on that I'm dealing with a reputable individual who also seems like quite a decent guy. We've talked on the phone last night and today. He's got about 1,000 gal
in tanks in his home (reef and fowlr
) with another 400g to yet setup. Which I hope all speaks to his veracity.
We discussed the idea of using the smaller Sump Buddy 40 Deluxe vs the Reef Devil in my sump. We think the Reef Devil physically will fit ok and, he's convinced it will do not harm (not at all too big). In fact, he had it running on a 125 tank with only a Mag 3! So, I got convinced and pulled the trigger.
He also encourages adding a 'T' to my 1.5" drain and reduce one leg a 1" drain that will fit directly into the downdraft skimmer.
Hard to resist this temptation albeit totally unthrilled
about re-doing the drain at this stage - have done it twice now. Arrgh. But better now than later as I'll have to pull the sump to install either skimmer (I think) just to get it inside the cabinet. Soon I'll be a master plumber...lol And if the drain idea doesn't pan out the fallback will be a Mag Drive 3.
I'll post photos as this gets done. Skimmer won't arrive until sometime next week.
This thread has been awesome for my learning curve.