Convert In-Sump Skimmer to external

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by Pugsly, 7 Sep 2009.

  1. Pugsly

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    Hi guys,
    Was just wondering if it would be possible to convert a in-sump skimmer (TS2) to be an external skimmer?

    What would it take and what would you have to do?
     
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    Yes it can be done. I have seen it done. Just dont know if it was with a TS2. Changing the outlet pipe to basically run into the sump and to close the overflow hole.

    Tagging along would be nice to see some pics of how this is done. I will see if i can find photo's of my friends External and how her's was done.
     
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    Nope, it cannot be done to any of the Reeftek TS range of skimmers because the neck does not totally seal..if you look inbetween the cup and the body of the skimmer, there is a spcae at the neck which allows to dehydrate the rising foam, this part is the problem...Water will leak through the little hole on the side of the skimmer found underneath the cup...

    With the extreme range and blaster range of skimmers, you can mount an internal skimmer externally..
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i am looking at converting my ts2, i have the pump etc running, i just sealed the unit up, should hopefully be testing this weekend time permitting, but if it works pugsly will drop you a pm, or add some pics here...
     
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    Sounds like a good idea Dallas! Once the unit is sealed you will not be able to remove the cup for cleaning thou. Also what about the buildup of muck at the top where the cone is?
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    the cup will be held inplace by rubber seal rings like the prizm skimmers use to hold their cups in place.
     
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    Thanks dallas - would love to see how you did it and if it works - please keep me posted.

    You see after I installed my 2nd sump, my TS2 could not move to be first and had to remain after my DSB, and this is not working - to much is getting through and lying onto the DSB. So want to see if it is good make the skimmer external so I can place it directly onto my DT outlet and then into the sump.

    Price of a external skimmer is totally overboard and I just can't see the reasoning to the high price of one.

    Does anyone know if boyu makes a external skimmer? I may be able to get a new one cheap if they do (know someone who knows someone etc. - then I can have that one inline, and keep my TS2 as a backup in the sump to catch the remaining gunk.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    have u got a contact for external pumps?
     
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    sent you a PM Dallas
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    thanks, i replied
     
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    I would love to see how this pines out...... Tagging along..
     
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    Also tagging as I would like to do the same thing (or upgrade )
     
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    How did the DIY and test go Dallas?
    Any pics of it as yet?
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i worked on it a little this weekend, but got distracted with my new 4ft setup...

    will have an update this week
     
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    how is the 4ft coming along? Got any pics of it yet?
    Looking forward to the update
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    yip, see my thread on my signature
     
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    how is the 4ft coming along? Got any pics of it yet?
    Looking forward to the update
     
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