Skimmer Recirc Mod

Discussion in 'DIY' started by Mr. Ugly, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. Mr. Ugly

    Mr. Ugly Past President

    I picked up a ETSS skimmer body a while ago. It's a downdraft type, but I didn't want to run a huge pump on it.

    I drilled it for 1" and 3/4" uniseals and stuck in the Sedra that I got last year from Eileen. Tested it out, and it's quiet enough, plus makes a ton of foam.

    Here's a pic from last night:

    Here's a manufacturer's pic:

    I've replaced the injector with pvc for a direct feed from the overflow. No more bioballs. Plus I changed the outlet to a Hartford loop type configuration.
  2. Elite

    Elite Guest

    That is cool.. I believe that pump is from me ;D ..
  3. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    I can help you get rid of the downdraft part. Just give it to me and I'll have another CNC milled with out the downdraft chamber. We could glue a small foam stopper on the top as well :)

    Not next week though, I'll be in Hell A :( Oops, is this an open forum> I love Los Angeles, honest :)
  4. Thales

    Thales Past President

    Nice. Did you get your uniseals locally? Where? :D
  5. Mr. Ugly

    Mr. Ugly Past President

    Got the Uniseals from Aquatic Ecosystems a while back.

    Skimmer is up and running on the tank. Set it up yesterday afternoon. I shortened the lower part of the downdraft chamber to give more room in the skimmer body for foam.

    Gresham, do you recommend not using the downdraft chamber at all? I'm feeding the water through the top. Seemed like leaving the upper portion of the chamber in place would reduce the open cross-section of the riser neck and help the foam rise.
  6. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Depends on how much air/water your pushing. How's it working?
  7. Mr. Ugly

    Mr. Ugly Past President

    Still have to tweak the gate valve. Running it full open right now.


  8. Mr. Ugly

    Mr. Ugly Past President

    [quote author=Elite link=topic=1629.msg14698#msg14698 date=1168635639]
    That is cool.. I believe that pump is from me ;D ..

    Yah, Eileen got it from you, I think. And I got it from Eileen :D
  9. Raddogz

    Raddogz Guest

    It looks good Norm
  10. Elite

    Elite Guest

    Yeah that looks really good. The pump is perfect for the skimmer's body that size. It's a little small for my G2x.

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