flow through skimmer chamber

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  1. sweetnsour

    sweetnsour

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    Sup fellow reefers
    here's my problem hope some of you can help me out.
    i have a 50mm pvc pipe that enters the 1st chamber in my sump which houses my skimmer.
    due to the total size of the sump the first chamber is just big enough to fit the skimmer, but im finding that having the overflow pipe in the same chamber is causing the skimmer to not work as effectively as i would like it to.
    the flow through that chamber is very fast and rough, thus my question to you is how can i slow the water down in the chamber while allowing the overflow water to enter lower down inside the chamber, while avoiding all the bubbles.
    (i can honestly admit , when designing my sump i should have made provisions for one of those overflow boxes inside the sump, but alas its done and i now need to live with it)
    all your help and advise is greatly appreciated.
    cheers SnS
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    If there is too much flow through the sump then the only thing you can really do is to use a smaller return pump. What size return pump have you got?
     
  4. davidfr7

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    Is The over flow coming from DT or is it going through ATS? If so let some of that water fall into the return chamber. say a 25 mm pipe and the 50mm to the skimmer chamber.

    Or try direct that 50mm towards the glass giving it time to get rid of air bubble
     
  5. sweetnsour

    sweetnsour Thread Starter

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    problem solved!!!!!

    I added a large sock to the overflow pipe, with a piece of LR inside of it to keep the sock downward.

    this not only made the overflow quiet but it also reduced the flow inside the chamber nicely so its no longer turbulent, thus allowing my skimmer to effectively catch / trap most of the dirt and gunk.
     
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    lol well done sweet :thumbup:
     
  7. clinton stanford

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    thats what i did,it works wonders;) i use a stocking with a peice of live rock to keep it down.you will be suprised to see how much gunk collects in there...i wash it out every two to three days.
     
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