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    segraves1 - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default skimmer plans

    well I'm ditching the "skimmerless" idea (just don't feel it would be feasable and perhaps too much trouble in the end.........

    so......

    I need to figure out how big (both size of "body" and pump size) to build my skimmer for the ~100 gal tank (also has a 50gal sump/fuge) I'm setting up....
    Chris

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    fish, polups, and LPSs

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    A total height(minus cone to collection cup) of 20"x6" for the body. A adaptor from 6"to 2"(at least 4"tall and cone shaped). A collection cup(I made mine of a clear tupperware that resembles a factory cup). Powered with a Sedra 5000 needle wheel pump. Or go a little more simple(higher cost but soo worth it) www.asmskimmer.com
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    I reccomend using the Ocean Runner needle wheels over the Sedra. I just put two 3700's on a DIY skimmer I built. There are very quiet and produce very small bubbles. There is some modding you need to do to the pump before you can use it but is worth it. They are better pumps than the Sedra's I was using.

    JMHO:D

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    segraves1 - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    what happens if you make the body to tall and/or to big of a diameter (or is that possible)?

    as I understand it, the smoother and slower the water moves through the skimmer body, the better your skimmer will work.....
    Chris

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    fish, polups, and LPSs

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    Reptoreef - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Too much pressure on the pump and pump is worthless.
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    segraves1 - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reptoreef
    Too much pressure on the pump and pump is worthless.
    yeah I got that....too much flow for the body size can cause problems.....what I'm wondering is can the body size be too big?
    Chris

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    fish, polups, and LPSs

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    Reptoreef - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    nope... as long as you have the pump to feed it and create the best bubbles(size, amounts, and reaction time).
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    I'm planning to build an 8" diameter/24" tall reaction chamber venturi recirculating skimmer....

    my plan is to hook the overflow from the tank (should be flowing about 750gph) directly into the skimmer as high as possible in the reaction chamber, and let the out flow exit at the bottom (will have a stand pipe and gate valve to adjust water height in body).....this way gravity does the "filling" of the skimmer for me (thus only need one pump)....

    then hook a Sedra 5000 Needlewheel Pump into the reaction chamber to work as the recirculation (and air injection) pump.....

    as I see it, this:

    cuts out a pump
    provides constant flow (no worries with water level changes)
    simpler

    anything wrong with this?
    Chris

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    fish, polups, and LPSs

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    Reptoreef - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Great idea... might be funner to have 2 Sedra 5000, though.
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    segraves1 - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    why 2?

    would you still use both pumps as recirculation pumps?
    Chris

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    fish, polups, and LPSs

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