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Old 03-21-2008, 08:44 AM   #81
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It's 1/8" foam backed board. My sisters run a picture framing business and it's what they use for inside the frames.
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Old 03-21-2008, 02:02 PM   #82
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I have an ASM G4X on my system and I'm pleased with how well it works. What kind of pump is on your Octo? I believe that the new Octopus skimmers are the revision of the old ASMs. Just curious what pump they are usuing on them now. Mine has a Sedra 9000.
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Old 03-21-2008, 04:38 PM   #83
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That ASM is a good one. It's very similar in specs to my Octo. I think the G4X has a 8.25" diameter body and the Octo is 8".
AFAIK, all the Octo "NW" models use an Octopus Turbine Pump (OTP). Mine uses the OTP3000. The new Octo Extreme MSX models use a Sicce pump.
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My ASM actually has a 10" diameter body on it. I've been looking into other pumps to use.
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:07 PM   #85
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Did you get a custom made skimmer? I never saw a 10" diameter ASM.
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Hmmm...That is interesting. After you made that post I just happen to have my skimmer off line and measured the body and it is 10" in diameter. Maybe it's not an ASM....I don't know for sure I bought it for $50 and replaced the pump on it with the same pump it had the Sedra 9000. It is 30" tall so maybe it's some odd ball. I don't know. I bought replacement parts for it from ASM.

It doesn't say ASM on it anywhere that I can see. Maybe it is a custom with some ASM parts or compatable parts.
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If they are pretty much the same design, they are probably made in the same factory in China. Who cares what logo or name they eventually put on it. ASM's usually have the ASM logo engraved on the lid of the cup. Sounds like you got an awesome skimmer for $50! Aquabee and Sicce are real good pumps, but real expensive too.
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I'm not complaining at all. I just think a better pump will make it more effecient. It's doing a fine job for the 72 (180gallons total system) but I'm going to the 210g tank in the next couple of months and I don't know if it is going to be enough skimmer for that tank. I expect to have a little over 350gallons total in the new system. I guess we will see.
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Hey cccapt, could you explain a little more on your 3 inch pvc pipe with holes at the bottom. Are the water just coming out of the bottom of that pipe, or is it flowing out the top also. One more thing is the pipe higher than your baffles, and did you glue it down?
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The water just comes out the bottom holes. I drilled quite a few. The 3" pipe is about 3-4" above the water line in that section of the sump so water doesn't flow out of the top. It really cut down on the microbubbles coming into the sump from the overflows.
They aren't glued to anything. The 1" pvc drain line goes down into the 3" pretty far and at a slight angle so holds it in place. I can't take the 3" pieces out unless I take out the 1" piece 1st.
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