Skimmer ratings

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by Tim S, 26 Apr 2010.

  1. Tim S

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    What does the skimmer ratng refer to? The amount of water in the system it can service or the amount of water it can skim in a period of time?
     
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    System volume.

    but IMHO its not a exact science, but mealy a guide line, as it also depends on the bio load and corals you want to keep.
     
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    Agree with lIghty and just remember some manufacturers over rate there skimmers.
     
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    Also remember try and get a skimmer that is rated for double your water vol,my 2c anyway
     
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    I have a skimmer (rated double my system volume) but the skimmer must then match the retuen pump volume (or 50% in my case) as this determines the amount of water flowing through the skimmer via the overflow. I suppose the connecting up of the skimmer also heavily influences the actual rating.
     
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    So with a skimmer rated for 1000litres,what size pump would be needed to properly feed the skimmer?
     
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    about 1000LPH, i had an ehaim 1200lph feedbing my skimmer and it worked great
     
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