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Old 04-15-2015, 01:05 PM   #11
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what if you turned the return elbow so it is under the water or parallel with the surface instead of working like an overflow.


also try lowering the water level in the skimmer a little if possible, that way it should produce a drier foam.
How could I lower the water level in the skimmer?
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How could I lower the water level in the skimmer?
well after taking a peak at the instructions it looks as if you control the consistency of the foam by raising or lowering the collection cup.
Raise the cup enough so that really wet bubbles don't quite reach the top and eventually it will begin to push out relatively dry foam.
it will take a little trial and error over the course of a week or two to get it dialed in just right.
Anytime I clean/maintain my DIY skimmer it always does the super wet foam/overflow for about the first few hours and within a day it is churning out dry foam again.

A lot of skimmers you adjust the water level in the skimmer by adjusting the return flow, but with a HOB model that isn't usually feasible as it is dictated by the water level in the display tank.
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here is an idea to quit it down a little. I assume you object to the siphoning sound of the return?
I had the same issue with the overflow in my tank gurgling.
what I did was cut a chunk of Styrofoam to fit snugly into the overflow box and that greatly muffled any sound from it.
It looks as if you could do something similar going by the video and cover that open return section to muffle the sound.
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This is an update of what is happening today. It is better and I have produced a cup of light yellow gunk already! PB, what were you suggesting to help the sound?
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yeah, that does look better.
what I was suggesting is put something over the drain/return section to muffle the sound. I imagine most of the noise is gurgling from it draining.
I used a piece of Styrofoam about 1" thick, and stuck it in there as a cover.


or turn the elbow of the drain so it is angled until it no longer is pulling from the surface, if it can be adjusted.
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