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Old 02-08-2014, 11:59 AM   #11
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What size return pump are you using and what size tank is this? 1" drain?
The skimmer should be in a consistent water level in order to function properly. If you don't have this, you are always going to get fluctuating results. The wet dry is simply not the best setup for a sump.
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Old 02-08-2014, 12:45 PM   #12
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@X: I think you helped me identify the return pump as a mag 18 ( on my thread in getting started section.). The tank is 75 gallons. I'm not nearby now but I'm looking at a ruler and Im pretty sure the drain is larger than 1". probably 1.5 or maybe 2. The drain pipe is definitely larger than the return pipe.

I keep the water level consistent in the sump and add to it at least 2x day.

I'm thinking of making the trip to semi-LFS today to get a new skimmer. The only one I can walk out the door with is a reef octopus 110. Would that be a good replacement or should I order online?

On the wet-dry, should I do as others have suggested and remove bio balls. Add clip on light and macro algae in first section? I plan to convert to fuge but tackling 1 project at a time.

Better question: which would you do first? Skimmer vs fuge? Will either address my ball valve question?
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Not in my opinion. Get this skimmer. It's a beast.
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You really need to glue in a partition between the intake section and the return area, and put the skimmer in there. The skimmer above, skip the algae, and you'll be fine.

As for the ball valve, you may need it. I'm wondering if you should just choke it back a tiny bit.
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:06 PM   #14
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Do I need a Ball Valve?

Partition would go on which side of the existing one? Left side where bio balls are or right side where skimmer and return pump are? I've got 12 inches on each side. Will that be enough room?
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Am I basically making a bubble trap with that partition that is already there? There is 4 inches underneath it. The new partition would be how tall?

And on "choke it back". What are you referring to? Something in my current setup?
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The partition must go between the skimmer area and the return area. If you can make a bubble trap, that will work fine. I would make the partition 8-10" tall, to make the water level in the skimmer area this deep.
AS for choking back, I'm referring to a ball valve at the return side of the return pump.
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Old 02-09-2014, 01:20 PM   #16
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Do I use silicone to attach/seal the partition if it is acrylic? What is drying time? And can my DT go that long with the circulation turned off?
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Whoa we have like the same wet dry setup
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Yeah if you get an old toothbrush and scrub the beck of the skimmer it will help
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:14 PM   #19
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I think so, Tate. Maybe we can get them converted to something better!
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Yes together we can!! I was thinking about cutting my drip plate so I could put a filter sock into it instead of filter floss because I want to reuse them
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