Upgrade TS2 skimmer to DC

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My skimmer started to leak power. Had some random power trips in the last 2 weeks.


Strange part is that it never gave me any shocks. So the earth must be working very well.

or would that be the lucky part?

The replacement Reef Octopus OTP2000 pumps work out to about R1650
Using a Jabea DC2000 pump for R924.

Anyway, no real modifications were made. The venturi from old TS2 pump does not really fit as the thread is different. But a quarter turn and it stays in place. On the outlet I warmed up a piece of flexible hose and pushed it over the thread. Long enough to slide snugly into the default TS connection between skimmer body and pump.


And testing it.


A DC3000 instead of the 2000 would be better. Plus a proper needle wheel impeller. Had to increase the water height within the skimmer.
 

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yip, the pump is minute compared to the old OTP pump.

checked this morning, pushing some skimate.
 
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how does it bubble Riaan, can you see any sort of difference between the old pump with needle wheel to the new pump with normal impeller?
 

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Bubbles would be better with a pinwheel impeller. When available on day, I will either just get the pinwheel version and use this pump somewhere else, or get the pinwheel impeller for this pump. But its enough to produce enough foam.
 

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Where did you measure the voltage?
Took my ground probe out of the tank. One side connected to the probe, the other point I hang in the sump.

Did the mistake of touching the water with ground probe removed. Lets just say I'm fully charged now...
 

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Are you sure it was the pump and not maybe the power cable to the pump.
impeller magnet got some scratches on it. Do not see anything wrong on the power cord. Anyway, I will keep the impeller and chuck the pump. Not worthwhile my life.
 

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