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Old 11-06-2005, 07:49 PM   #21
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http://themantledmonster.thereeftank.com/spics.html


I've changed a few things about it to make it easier on myself. Piping is quite differently and I didn't see the need for reverse flow because it will level off with my tank water if the power cuts out.

I will have pictures soon.
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Old 11-07-2005, 02:20 AM   #22
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what reverse flow thing?
If it is what I think your talking about its for the output right? thats to keep the water in the skimmer at the hight of the 90 in the vertical ouput plumbing.. its part of the design.. it keeps you from having to adjust the water height and you can just pump and adjust air input for foam production! no wonder youve had trouble tuning this thing...
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Old 11-08-2005, 01:59 AM   #23
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no no no... a reverse flow adapter was in the design. It keeps the water from going back through the pipe the wrong way. I just left them out.

The skimmer is a real beast. I'm almost finished finding leaks.


I've found everything is sealed except for the base. The store sold me a base with a slight leak on it.

PVC Cement is good stuff.
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Old 11-08-2005, 06:57 PM   #24
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Well I have it running today. Still fine tuning it but for running 10 minutes it is starting to get a darker foam. With the added height of the skimmer I can run the Mag7 full speed without adjustment. Water output was adjusted to make the bubbles rise high enough for capture into my collection chamber.

We'll see how it goes for the night.


The problem that was leaking was the new toilet flange that I bought. The pop-out had been pushed too far at the store. PVC cement fixed the problem.
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Old 11-08-2005, 09:28 PM   #25
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ahh.. so it was just a part..
and the toilet flage leaked.. ugh..lol
from looking around at diffent skimmers for sale.. your right about the mag7 its about right full bore for this project..
sounds like its going along pretty well...
and I want pics of that PVC monster
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Old 11-10-2005, 05:49 PM   #26
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Pictures of tank and skimmer.


Sorry the pics are so dark. They looked fine on the video camera.






And a picture of whole tank:
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Old 11-11-2005, 04:30 AM   #27
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Where is the rest of it?
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Old 11-12-2005, 03:04 AM   #28
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The pvc design they have is just extra pipe and reverse flow connectors for the sump. Also they made multiple returns into the main tank, but I only made one return. Since I'm not using a sump my design only needs pipe to the main tank.

It is working beautifully. The cup is already full of a tea like skimmate.

Also notice in the design picture you posted that the venturi is before the valve. It must be after the valve or you'll shoot water out the air line. A major flaw.


I was careful to make my pipe discreet and not something that would be an eye sore.
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hows it skimming?
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Old 11-15-2005, 07:35 PM   #30
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Good so far. I'm still fine tuning it. It is a bit darker now and not as fast.. but the cup is halfway full. I still need to fix the cover for the collection cup.


What could I use slide over 4" pipe snuggly and put acrylic on. I can't clean my lid at the moment.
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