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Basic Idea, i wanted to make a decently powerful skimmer, for a mid range sized system, that I could upgrade as it grows in water volume or the bio-load changes. Ive talked with a few people as ive already finished the project and they think the pumps i used were a bit overkill, but like i said, i wanted it to be powerful enough that i could upgrade when the time comes to skill keep up. but heres the photos i have of the skimmer, its currently running on my 350g system (multiple tanks plumbed together) feel free to ask questions...

A Few PVC parts from lowes and two 5 gallon bottles


Decided to go with a bubble plate.


A very rough idea of what it might look like.


2x Sedra 15000 needle wheel pumps, setup for recirculation






After cleaning I added in a 3/4" pvc T on the inside of the feed pump line to disperse the flow of water better as in comes in the skimmer, provides for less turbulence.


Ive adjusted the gate valve since this time so that im getting build up of skimmate completely in the cup and not in the body, although its still too wet, im having a hard time keeping it all out of the body without getting too much watery-skimmate in the cup... im thinking the neck may need to be taller...
 

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Why do you have both pumps drawing and pumping through shared lines? The pressure side will waste a massive amount of energy and efficiency in that configuration.
 

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I had not really considered this when building it, but i see your point, the force of the pumps comes together and colliding at the T probably is losing its efficiency, I will more than likely redo the plumbing when i install uniseals and add another section of a 5g container to make it taller.
 

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ugly as all get out, I LOVE IT!! Uni-Seals rock. i have a whole bunch of them around just for projects like that.

anyway i can convince you to put the pics in your TRT Photo Gallery and link them from there instead of Photobucket. if photobucket or you decide to change the image address the thread becomes useless. :(

G~
 
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