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Old 10-22-2013, 11:43 AM   #1
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How to quiet the skimmer vibration

Okay so I have a Eshopps skimmer and besides constantly having to adjust it, it is so loud. It only touches the sump on the base of it. Anyone have any tricks?
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:15 PM   #2
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I had the same problem and the owner of my local fish store gave me a small piece of filter which I placed between the protein skimmer and the glass. It made a world of difference and I can barely hear the vibrations from the protein skimmer. Sorry I can't give you a better answer this is only my second saltwater aquarium.
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:37 PM   #3
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I've used a mouse pad under the skimmer to kill the vibrations
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:31 PM   #4
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Is a mousepad toxic?
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:51 PM   #5
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You could also use a thin piece of blue insulation foamboard.
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:57 PM   #6
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Tey a piece of foam or styrofoam which you can get at Home Depot or Lowes. I had a similar problem, and that took care of it.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:20 PM   #7
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What section is that stuff in at places like Home Depot. I've never seen it, but haven't ever really looked for it specifically either.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:30 PM   #8
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It can be found in building supplies...stay away from fiberglass at all costs. You can also try a ziploc bag filled with spray foam from a can. Zip up the bag almost completely and use the spray tube (straw) from the liquid foam to spray into the small opening. Don't spray too much at one time, as this stuff expands rapidly. If it explodes out of the bag, you will have a hell of a sticky mess on your hands. While the foam is still soft, place the base of your skimmer on top of the bag. You will have a custom fit for your skimmer, and it WILL be quiet from now on.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:17 PM   #9
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Is that foam safe if the bag leaks or disintegrates over time?
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:29 PM   #10
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It is perfectly safe for many years to come once it cures, which takes about 1 hour. Ask the guys in electronics for insulating / sealing foam in a can. It's the same foam you spray to keep out critters and cold air in residential applications.
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