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Old 11-11-2005, 04:28 PM   #11
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ok i see. thats easy to make!
So just put a box infront of my bulkheads. thats cake.
so i should run one line staight to the skimmer and another to the fuge and both flow over to the return pump right?
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Old 11-13-2005, 01:01 PM   #12
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so i should run one line staight to the skimmer and another to the fuge and both flow over to the return pump right?
It sounds like you have figured it out to me.. :P in other words that sounds fine..

just make sure you have big enough bulkheads for the amount of flow you want to put down there.. wich you have probibly already figured out :P
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Old 11-15-2005, 09:23 PM   #13
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That box is ok but not needed. On both tanks I have bulkheads with no box and I get great surface skimming. I have the elbows with the plastic vented covers to keep fish out and they work great. You need to adjust them so it skims the way you want IMO the box takes up room and does not look that great.
What do you mean have it go to the skimmer? The the area in the sump where the skimmer is? Running to the fuge is a good idea..
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he's talked about gravity feeding his skimmer.. or just to the skimmers chamber.. gravity feeding would work ok if the flow matched or if it was a recierculating design IMO.
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Old 11-15-2005, 09:30 PM   #15
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seaham.. have you read any of Anthony Calfo's advice on how to get more performance out of your skimmer? thats were these idea's came from..
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No have not read it... Im all for having the water from the tank go into the skimmer chamber, thats what I have.
I'm gonna stick with my other post that the surface skimmer box looks like crap in a tank.. JMO.. May work wonders for surface skimming but does nothing for tank appearance.
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well.. your right.. the skimmer box in the picture doesnt look all that great.. but.. you can design one of these to only go down that far around your bulk heads and bring the depth up to shallow were the bulkheads are not.. so. instead of having holes visible you would see little boxes going up to the top of the water the shallower box shouldnt be hardly visible from the front of the tank.. the idea gets more surfase water to your skimmer were the protien floats..

I would feed all the water from the box to my skimmer then let the output of the skimmer feed the fuge and only put as much flow as the skimmer could handle though the sump.. and make the rest of the flow with a closed loop.. these system flow design desisons are JMO though..

I can understand not wanting it in the tank.. heck you could cut slots all the way across the back of the tank and build a collection box that attached to the back of the tank if you were conserned about how it looks.. no ugly bulkheads.. lol JK..

Function over pretty I say!.. JK

have you heard this one.. "that skimmer is too big and ugly" responce "it is more effective and gets the job done".. this modification isnt completeley nessisary.. it just gets that skimmer produseing more skimulate.. and Im all for that..
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I can understand not wanting it in the tank.. heck you could cut slots all the way across the back of the tank and build a collection box that attached to the back of the tank if you were conserned about how it looks.. no ugly bulkheads.. lol JK..
A member of the reef club Im in did this on the end of his tank and it works great. He used a dremmel and cut the slots across the end of his I think 120. I thought he was nuts... But he did a great job and his tank is filled with large, nice corals.
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we had this discusion. of course he's nuts.. he's a reefer spending booco bucks on fish and coarls

reefer= at least a little nuts.. :P
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Yeah i scratched the box idea. I dont like how it looks. lol

I'm gonna go with five 1 inch bulkheads. Three to run water down to the sump and two for the return.
But right now i'm focused on my 40 gal. I'm waiting on my lights to come and to fill it and let it cycle.
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