Raising Skimmer - Help Please.

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  1. NickW

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    Hi Guys,

    Busy plumbing a new tank and the skimmer i have is to low, i need to raise it about 7cm to be at recommended height by manufacturer of 9".

    I bought egg crate to assist in doing so, however, the skimmers footprint is 45cmx45cm which i rather large to stack egg crate on top of each other and put the skimmer on top of the egg crate.

    I thought of making a "table" like structure out of the egg crate but worried it might be to flimsy, also i am unsure of how to make the "table" like structure.

    I would appreciate any ideas on how to raise the skimmer, without using sheets and sheets of egg crate.

    I have 3 sheets of 120x60 (7mm thick)

    Hope you guys can assist,

    Thanks in advance.

    Nick.
     
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  3. gMAN

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    Quick fix is to use a small bucket, cut down to size (height) and punch some holes in it's base. I used an old flake (fish food) container to raise one of my pumps. Hopes this helps...
     
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    Thanks Gman, problem is finding a bucket with a base of 45cm in diameter. Also you say quick fix, how long would this last?
     
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    quick fix as in getting it done quickly, I'm sure it will hold for for a long time. If you have an empty flake or pellet container, cut 3 or 4 pieces at your required height and tie together side by side to form your 45cm base or as close to it as possible..?
     
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    oh, pvc pipes will work as well
     
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    Use bricks.
     
  8. NickW

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    I have some pieces of 50mm pvc pipe lying arounf which i can use, will make a plan.

    Also another question, the baffles are 30cm high, there is a bio pellet reactor and another reactor that will be running, does it matter what height of water they run in? or must i try raise them aswell?

    Thanks for the responses :)
     
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    The biopellet reactor doesn't need to stay in your sump, only the pump. What is the other reactor gonna run?
     
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    Egg crate can be cut and glued with superglue very easily... If you cut it in such a way to interlink the square grid-like shape, you can make quite a strong and sturdy structure. You can even cut out pieces to make supports. I'm sure you could hold a few kgs of weight. Otherwise you can use thick pieces of perspex and that special perspex glue to make a simple table shape, that would probably be the strongest, but I think perspex can be quite pricey...
     
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    I've always made table like structures to raise my skimmers using egg crate. Just make something that looks like a box and use cable ties to hold the egg crate together.
     
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    Thanks brentch, think i am going to try the table method with the egg crate and use the glass walls of the sump as support and then add support underneath the sheet of egg crate so that it can hold the weight (+-10kg)

    UNfortunately there is no space outside the sump for the reactor,
    As for the other reactor (PHR100 Reef Octo), it was purchased when i was going to use a dsb, now that i went the NP route, i a unsure of what to run in it, perhaps phosphate only on occasion to keep the redfield ratio in check. Not sure what else it can be used for
     
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    Could be used for carbon or for filter floss. Just put some filter floss in it and take the floss out the next day.
     
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    in that case it can be placed in the sump so long as the inlet/outlet plumbing is not submerged (IMO)
     
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    Why?
     
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    if it is submerged and it's leaking on either, how would you know?
     
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    Does it mater if it is leaking though, the water is just going back into the sump anyway.
     
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    True, but if there is a leak, does that not interfere with the performance of the flow inside the chamber?
     
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    Both inlet and outlet are above 37cm water height on the pellet reactor so i dont see this being a problem, the phosphate reactors inlet is below water level and outlet is above water level.
     
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    As long as the pipes don't come off it will not make a noticeable difference if a little water is leaking.
     
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