Altering the water level in the rear chambers TL550

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    Hello all
    Has anybody any experience in altering the water levels in the rear chambers, basicaly what I need to do is alter the water level in the 2nd chamber (from right) to accomodate my new tunze 9002 skimmer I know it fits just in order to keep the existing hood and allow it to close properly I need to lower the level by about 2 inches.
    Has anybody got any experience in fitting one of these skimmers in a TL550??
     
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    Ive got one of those skimmer and my hood doesnt close. I measured the skimmer,it fits perfectly but didnt take the skimmer cup into consideration. The cup is too big. When I get time I want to build a diy skimmer cup so Ill able to close my hood.. I removed the magnet on the skimmer and i managed to get the skimmer in my 2nd chamber,its a tight fit though. If you drop the water level do you think you will be able to close the hood? If you want to drop the water level,correct me if Im wrong,but you can cut a couple of cm from the 2nd and 3rd chamber divider. that way you will drop the water level in the 2nd/3rd chambers. I might be wrong here
     
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    Thanks for the reply I think if the water level can be dropped the stock cup will fit , there is a picture on google images of the stock cup in place and you can see the water level.
    I'm going to have a play around with the chambers tonight to see if I can get it to lower. Had some acylic cut same size as dividers in the rear to see if closing the gap in the bottom of chamber 1 and 4 alters 2 and 3???
     
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    The middle divider controls the level of all the chambers, as it is where the waterflows over, the 1st and last dividers have the water flowing under them. If you drop the middle divider the levels will drop in all of the chambers. If you play with the openings with water flowing under it will most likely cause a flood.
     
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    Here's some pics for a custom cup that will fit...or should fit lol

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    So this would fit with out lowering the water level? And the big question where can I get one from???
     
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    It should do, I don't have a filter area in my tank anymore so I can't check. Just stick your skimmer as far in as it can go then measure the clearance height that's left, if its 90mm or more then it will fit.

    You would need to get it cut and fabricated by an acrylic fabricator. I think @Jeann1 and the Drop Reef guys will be able to sort it out for you.
     
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    Oh wait are you in the UK? If you are then you will need to have a hunt around. Look for acrylic or perspex fabricators in the yellow pages or online.
     
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    Cool I may try my hand at making it myself, one question i notice on the top lid there is a half circle is this correct and if so what is this for?
     
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    It pushes the foam away I think. I'm not 100% sure really haha. Its on the versions that you can buy from the states etc, as far as I'm aware its not essential so I left it off of the flat drawing. All the other components will be standard materials, so the half ball bit seemed a real hassle to include. I'm sure sticking half a ping pong ball there would have the same effect.
     
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    If you in the UK you can buy an after market square cup for the Tunze, look on the web, not to expensive.
     
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    Update managed to get the skimmer in the back chamber with stock cup!!
    All it takes is a piece of plastic to cover the intake weir and just either lower or highten it to alter the water levels in the chambers been fine for a couple of days now

    Happy days or is someone going to tell me something?
     
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    Well done.:thumbup:
     
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    there you go up to now touch wood everything is cpot on
     
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    thanks for the pic. you dropped the water level by quiet a bit. how many inches would you say?
     
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    not really that much as on my TL550 the divider in the middle 2 chambers are lower than the first and last i would say ive lowered it by about 1.5-2 inches, I did have to cut a small section out of the diver to allow the cup to lower, all in all im pleased with the result I alter the water level by restricting the amount of water that enters the back chamber I do this once a week when i do a water change.
     
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