Reef Octopus Pin Wheel

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by viper357, 20 Sep 2008.

  1. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    I see you can now buy a pin wheel impellor for our old Reef Octopus pumps.

    This is the normal needle wheel impellor
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    And this is their new pin wheel impellor
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    I wonder if there would be any benefit to changing from the needle wheel to the pin wheel? Would it turbo charge my skimmer? I must say I am rather keen to change.
     
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  3. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    im sure there would be... only one real way to find out?
     
  4. Warr7207

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    When is this available ?

    Would you reckon Dorry's or Andrew will have ?
     
  5. viper357

    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    I've just asked Ferdie from Dorry's to find out if it's a straight swop of the impellors, he's going to get back to me, if it is then I think I'm going to change to the pin wheel.
     
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    Why don't you get Leslie to check for you?
     
  7. Warr7207

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    What I have read about the pinwheel, it seems to be the way to go, even better than the mesh mod.
     
  8. DragonReef

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    Deltec have been using pin wheels forever.
    My APF600 has one that has been skimming flawlessly for 5 years now. I played around a bit with the mesh wheel coversion on an old AM impellor that Alan kindly donated to the cause, but since converted back to the pin wheel.
    I have found that with the Aquabee 2000 on the Deltec that the pin wheel gives better performance than the mesh wheel.
     
  9. mandarinman

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    I did a similar diy upgrade yesterday and it doubled the amount of bubbles being pumped into skimmer. The only concern you may have is the distance between needles and cover. If this is a problem one can shorten needles a little with a sidecutter. Ps i will post pics of methodology of diy when i have access to camera and comp. I am currently using cell phone. If the guys are interested i will do demo at next cape town reef club meeting. Cost for mod totals five bucks and a bit of q bond and filler.:thumbup:
     
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    please do post if you get a chance...
     
  11. mandarinman

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    No probs , you will laugh at how simple it is. Financial desperation is the mother of all inventions. Ps if u want to up your output on wavemakers take a look at propellers for radio control boats! I have got my eye on that next! Bit of diy necessary!
     
  12. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    cant wait inspector gadget:lol:
     
  13. DragonReef

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    lol, those Maxi Jet stream pumps are the business :yeahdude:
     
  14. Andreas

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    yeah sounds cool!so who wants 2 brand new mesh wheels??:whistling:
     
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    I would think that the pin-wheel would indeed be MUCH better at producing far smaller bubbles, than the needle-wheel.

    ManderinMan - I too would be interested in seeing your mods.... please post? Even if just your cell-phone pics......

    Have anyone else ever tried forcing more air into your skimmers, via the air-inlet, using a strong air-pump?
     
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    Tried it with my AM skimmer, does not really like it, you can do it to a point then the skimmer pump stops working. Happened to me a couple of times, before I realized it was too much air.
     
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    Hello guys,would like to know if anyone has tried the pin wheel impellors on reef octo pumps for reeftek skimmers and the outcome.Which gives greater performance,needle wheel or pin wheel.Thank's.
     
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    I have tried most mods and the pin wheel is the best, the bubble production is great
     
  19. martinhal

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    I got me one a few moths back. Works a charm.
     
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    I got one about 2 weeks back and it is awesome !!!
     
  21. Pete

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    Also did the mod a works like a charm when it kicks in
     
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