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mrbee2828 02-04-2012 10:07 AM

Help With Used Coralife Skimmer
Many of you are following my first SW garage build which is on a budget right now until things get going. I purchased a big pile of stuff from a guy on CL to get started. One of those things was a junky Coralife skimmer.

I'm trying to get it installed today and I'm missing a few parts and I'm not sure about others. First up I"m missing the output box. I have read about some DIY modes to this for better performance, but was wondering if anyone had done it before. It doesn't make to much sense to me. In short... it's just water output and a filter to help reduce bubbles in the tank? I was thinking about using some 3/4" pvc I have and some poly fill in it with a zip tie to get it going. Thoughts?

mrbee2828 02-04-2012 10:14 AM

The other issue is this air silencer. I'm not sure where it goes. I got a PDF copy of the manual, and while they show it in the parts list, they never show it on the install diagrams. Where does this go? Does the air intake attach to this part on the output tube? Does it just need to be above water somewhere? I'm confused...

Rutrag 02-04-2012 10:19 AM

The air silencer goes on the air inlet for the skimmer and just hangs outside the tank or sump. It will have two nipples and it doesn't matter which one you use.

You are correct; the outlet box's only purpose is to cut down on bubbles entering the display or sump. I'd try a foam block for an Aquaclear filter myself.

I think the little nipple on the return is just a vent for any trapped air.

mrbee2828 02-04-2012 11:04 AM

THANK YOU! So the output nipple... does anything go to that? Isn't it going to spray water up or is it not pressurized enough?

Freshnoob1 02-04-2012 12:37 PM

I have one and nothing comes out of the output nipple.

mr_X 02-04-2012 05:36 PM

See if you can do a mesh wheel mod on that skimmer. It will really help. Google "mesh wheel mod"

Freshnoob1 02-05-2012 11:54 AM

Nice suggestion, i googled it and it looks good and pretty simple.

mrbee2828 02-05-2012 12:44 PM

Does anyone know if you can get a mesh like that at a local store or only online? I can't seem to find anything other than a large sheet online and with shipping it just seems silly.

BTW, in my build thread I just mentioned that plastic rod inside the pump snapped after just running it for a few minutes. The whole thing is an old POS.

mr_X 02-05-2012 12:46 PM

I have some I can mail you. Pm me your Address. I would suggest getting something much better though.

mrbee2828 02-05-2012 12:48 PM

Seriously? Whoa, PMing now.

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