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Old 11-01-2005, 07:53 PM   #11
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btw.. I think the best way to adjust water height in a skimmer is to adjust the water output from the skimmer..
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Old 11-02-2005, 08:11 PM   #12
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Well I've moved the valve to be before the venturi. I am using pvc cement but some of the gaps can't be covered because they were too big. I also redid my skimmer collection cup using plexiglass for the top and bottom.

Sealed up a couple more leaks today. Will test it out later.


On the venturi valve. If it spits water out does that mean it is upside down?
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Old 11-03-2005, 05:53 AM   #13
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you were cutting off the flow of water after the venturi, it really wouldnt matter how you installed it, the air input in the venturi becomes the least ristance path for the water to flow, hince the water shot out the venturi..
hopefully your next test will prove sucessfull.. I sure hope so.. :P
in other words good luck
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Old 11-03-2005, 05:58 AM   #14
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BTW.. what pump are you using..?.
or what pump make and model would work as well.. :P
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Old 11-03-2005, 06:08 AM   #15
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and noteworthy.. you really need to get a camera to show off this beast of a skimmer!
It sounds like a PVC skiming monster
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Old 11-03-2005, 11:01 PM   #16
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LOL


Actually I'm a bit concerned about the valve I have after the pump. I'm wondering if I should get a Y splitter and run another valve off of it to releave some pressure from the pump.. I don't want to burn it up.


Its a mag 7 pump - 700 gph
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Old 11-04-2005, 04:13 AM   #17
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the issue of weather or not it harms a pump to restrict the flow in the output is debateable.. the Mag 7 is preasure rated so the back preasure should be less of an issue for it, If it were me personaly.. I would go ahead and use it as is in the testing stages and see if I could possibly downgrade the pump later based on needed flow..
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Old 11-05-2005, 08:54 PM   #18
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I think I'm going to build another skimmer but about a foot taller. I'm having some problems with leaks still and I beleive if I change a view things about the design it will work better for me.

I'll keep you guys updated.

Problems I've had:
1-Skimmer was designed for a sump in which I do not have so the output had to be raised higher than the tank which meant the skimmer sits on a large wooden stand to hold it high enough to return water to the tank.
2-The design calls for a 1-1/2" collection cup pipe. Since a 4 to 1.5" adapter does not exist it had to be made. Thats a major part of the leakage. 4 to 2" adapters do exist so I can use that.
3-My original piping didn't work out like I wanted it to. It is very distracting because it goes up above the collection cup.


I hope to get pictures eventually. I do not have a digital camera so I have to record to my pvr from my video camera then capture still images from an mpeg2. Its a long and drawn out process.
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Old 11-06-2005, 07:07 AM   #19
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sounds like setting the thing in a sump would make alot of sence.. either that our plumbing it to a sump.. not collecting the discharge water from the bottom of the main chamber will really hurt performance IMHO..
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Old 11-06-2005, 07:08 AM   #20
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could you give the link to the DIY plans your using? TIA
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