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Old 07-18-2003, 05:08 PM   #11
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I think you should be looking for closer to 400-500 GPH for your pump. Larry maybe you can answer this, what is it that causes the air to be sucked in?? The pump with the needle wheel, or is it like a venturi and the pump supplying the skimmer sucks the air in??

ReefAddict, FWIW hang in there, I have never seen anyone that had this skimmer that wasn't very happy with it's preformance. Be patient and I'm sure Larry (Tagamet) can get you through this
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I recently bought the turbofloater multi 1000...in answer to your question about bubbles, the chamber is so full, you cannot see through it. The pump that came with it was an aquabee. I second the motion on patience as whatever the issue is, it will be well worth it once you work it out.
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Old 07-18-2003, 05:50 PM   #13
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what is it that causes the air to be sucked in?? The pump with the needle wheel, or is it like a venturi and the pump supplying the skimmer sucks the air in??

I think it's the latter. Water is pumped in there at SUCH a high volume, that the air whooshes down that air tube. I used to be able to hear it from across the room, but now I have so many tanks/pumps going, I can't hear the TV, let alone an air tube (lol).
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Old 07-18-2003, 08:23 PM   #14
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The pump that runs the skimmer is a rio 2100 rated at 690gph. The powerhead feeding the skimmer water from the sump is rated at 230gph...maybe that clears up that? As for turning the baffles so the hole faces the collection cup, when I tried that there were no bubbles at all. I must need an air pump. Do you think I need stronger than 230gph powerhead to feed water to the skimmer??
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Old 07-18-2003, 08:27 PM   #15
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Do you think I need stronger than 230gph powerhead to feed water to the skimmer??
Yes, I would use a minimum of a Rio 2100 and a comparable (better) pump is a Mag Drive 5. Rios have a bad failure rate and are not thought of very highly, for the most part.
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Old 07-18-2003, 08:33 PM   #16
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I think we may have found the problem. You may actually be moving too much tank water through the skimmer. Not from the big pump, but from the input pump that connects to the vertical tube to the right of the main column. My one skimmer uses JUST a gravity feed from the main tank. The other one has a TINY powerhead feeding the water from the sump to be skimmed. In other words, the big pump needs to be strong to generate all those bubbles, but the water to be skimmed needs to be modest. That way, the water to be skimmed (from the sump OR the tank) needs time to be "bubbled". Just as an experiment, disconnect the ph providing the water to the rigid vertical tube. The a tube the same size, start a syphon from the main tank into the sump, then connect the sump end of the tube to the rigid tube to feed tank water to the skimmer.
I'm pretty sure that's going to solve this.
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Well, I took the whole unit into my local pet store, where we hooked everything up in a small tank. He said there is something else wrong. The needle wheel should be producing a thousand times more bubbles than it is. Is it possible that I have a defective pump. It is a Rio so I guess it's fairly possible. The only other pump that can be used with this skimmer is an Ocean Runner...from what Im told. Tagamet, I also tried what you suggested, with a syphon from the main tank feeding the skimmer, water, and still no good results. The bubbles stay the same as when a powerhead is feeding the skimmer water...low to nill. It has been running for three days straight now and theres not **** for bubbles. I don't know what else to do, it just isn't producing enough bubbles. If this thing is supposed to be producing bubbles in the reaction chamber that are so thick that you can't see through it, then it must be defective. I guess I'll return it for another one, or maybe something else...anyone know of a good in sump skimmer????
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I have the Turboflotor 1000 Multi. It took about a week to break in and start producing foam in the cup.
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What kind of wet/dry filter is it sitting in? Is that system working properly? I have a T-Flotor 1000 and it's humming right along. Please include any and all details regarding your system. What kind of set-up do you have for drawing the water out of the tank?

Don't return the skimmer, you've got one of the best ones there is! Mine is working perfectly.
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I have a 55gal main tank and a 20 gal sump below. Water overflows from the main and down into the sump. T-1000 sits in sump water 10 to 15 cm high as specified by Aquamedic. Rio 2100 with the modified needle wheel impeller runs the skimmer. A small powerhead sits in the sump right next to the skimmer and feeds it water. The problem is that it is not sucking enough air, at least I think, to create the dense white bubbles in the skimmer. Im not worried about foam in the collection cup right now. The skimmer just isn't creating the amount of bubbles it should. I don't know if it is the air not being sucked in enough or if the needle wheel just isn't spinning enough to create the WHITE dense bubbles in the reation chamber. I added a small adjustable air pump to the air intake and when adjusted right it does make quite a bit of bubbles, but it doesn't look like any other skimmer I've seen with the white dense bubbles that you cant see through. It just seems like somethings goofy because I shouldn't even need a air pump for it. These things are designed to be run as they are. And even with the air pump it definatly not bubbling like it should.

Tal, maybe you could take a picture of your skimmer in action and post it here or e-mail it to me so I could make a comparison! That would be really cool!
Thanks for all the help and any more suggestions...let me know if you wnat my e-mail address.
So Tal does your T-1000 have the white
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