Reef Octopus Xtreme 160xs skimmer sump level

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by Reef surgeon, 3 Jan 2012.

  1. Reef surgeon

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    If any of you have been using this particular skimmer than maybe you can help. I am about to install this new skimmer in a 5ft set up.This will replace a well used aquamedic turbo floater skimmer and I am hopping to get better results.
    I am also building a new sump and will install the skimmer in the first stage chamber where water will be draining from the display. As the water level in this first stage stage will remain constant I would like to know what the ideal sum level should be to get the best results before I finalise the height of the baffle plate. Some sites have suggested between 8 & 10 inch's your comments will be appreciated. ( Measure twice cut once ) :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks for the link I have already sent a pm to Loki cheers
     
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    build your sump and play around with the water level and see where it skims best
    then just make a stand at the correct height as per your test,out of egg crate
     
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    Hi @Reef surgeon

    See the green line. i have mines sitting on 10cm of polystyrene (spelling).

    @Reefhead I know you had / have one of these as well, care to share bud?

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    Sorry guys been away. Mine sits so that the outlet of the skimmer is just above the water level. Seems to be working perfect for me
     
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    Sorry guys had PC issues. Thanks for all the feed back this has been of great value as i can clearly see from loci and Reefhead where the level must be. Unfortunaltely I have height issues so I am not lucky enought to lift the skimmer as suggested by Maj. In the end I think all is going to work out. I am also going to install an NP bio reactor in the first stage next to the skimmer so as to skim the efluent from the reactor. I have also been reading up that it is a good idea to bring the water to the reactor via the return pump as water looped from the first stage in the sump may have solids that may clogg up and block the reactor. I like the idea what do you guys think ?
     
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