I recently purchased an Octopus Extreme 160.. Was a highly regarded skimmer for the money. After researching and reading bout this skimmer online I have found that many have opted to run mesh on their wheel.
This skimmer actually came with some mesh for this purpose but no instructions as how to go about doing it. It also came with a paddle wheel and a pin wheel which is in the pump.
So I have a couple questions:
1) Do you most of you do the "mesh mod" to your skimmers? Do you find that it improves performance?
2) HOW? How do you do this? From looking at one photo I saw, it appears that this mesh is cut into a circular shape matching that of the wheel and small enough to avoid binding up the wheel. Then the mesh is attached to a wheel via fishing line. Holes are drilled through the wheel to allow for fishing line to attach the mesh. Is that basically it?
3) What wheel to use? Do I use the paddle wheel that came with the skimmer? How? DO I cut off the paddle portion allowing for the mesh to be installed? Do I use the Pin Wheel by cutting off the pins?
Thanks for the help.
Here is the mesh that came with the skimmer and the paddle wheel.