Well after much research and problems with my biopellets, I decided to break down and get a recirculating skimmer. I called Justin from Avast and he was very helpful! The skimmer is rated from 100-200 gallons, and my tank only being 55 gallons I was worried that it would be too large for my tank. He informed me that he knows of one running on a 40 gallon and that I should be fine with it.
Well off with the boring things and onto the good things!!!!! I purchased the CS1 pegleg with the recirc mod, and the smoked cone.
At first it was VERY overwhelming. but the instructions were very detailed and helpful!!
I may have went out of order a tad bit when building but it got built! lol
Here the body is finished, i never took pictures of the cup finished, I apologize for that:-(
here it is all finished up! ready to go in its vinegar bath.
After about 12 hours it started pulling a little skim, and after 24 hours it had about half an inch pulled out. it was a little wet but none the less skim! I've slowly started adjusting it to be dryer and every day this week, I've emptied 3/4-1" of skim!! not bad for its first week of service!!
I had a reef octopus on it, it just wasnt doing the job. And larry what model was that skimmer that i got from you at ann arbor? The assembly with dry time maybe took 4-5 hours but then you have to wait 24 hours for the main seem to dry so that time was a factor too. id say 5 hours over the course of 2 days
i think it was the extreme xs200 but larry will have to confirm that for me im sorry. it def. was not the "one" for me. but i bet it would be an amazing skimmer on a larger tank!! im very happy with this avast one tho! and it was cool because i got to build it
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