Where to find Skimmer pumps

Discussion in 'Pumps and Waterflow' started by lIghty, 13 May 2009.

  1. lIghty

    lIghty

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    Hi All

    I'm planning on building a DIY skimmer soon, a really big one, but as big at those at uShaka:lol:

    I'm going to need the likes of 4x OTP2000 or OTP3000 for it.... Can you buy these pumps seperate with Pin/Needle wheels and Venturies? And if there are any other recommendations with pumps that are affordable, please shout!

    Also thinking of a small "speck" pump with a "suction venturi" on the outlet of the pump, as I beleive the bubbles can damage the impellors is sucked in before?

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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi lIghty - ScubaNinja got quite an awesome venturi air inlet somewhere...

    Everyone who sells ReefTek/ReefOctopus, SHOULD sell the pumps as well, seperate. The OTP-2000's used to cost around R550 each..... a while back. Now idea what the cost of them are now......
    Are you going to use the OTP's only as recirculating pumps? How you going to feed the skimmer? With direct feed from from the tank's overflow? (this would be best, though).

    Alternatively, with such a HUGE skimmer, that it sounds like you are planning, I would rather use 2 x 0.45kw Speck pumps - each with an adjustable venturi....
    Someone once used air valves used in hospitals - which is adjustable.....(as external air inlet).....

    Perhaps have a look at trying to find some Beckett air valves for the Specks?
     
  4. shane

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    Hi lighty,
    I got a quote from Lanzo for a otp 2000 pump with new pin wheel and venturi.
    Both pin wheel and venturi were R150 ea and I think pump for around R 600.
    Lanzo please correct me if I am wrong.
    Thanks
     
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    rather look at using the ocean runner pumps better then the OTP's or get a BIG SPECK pump or MD pump speak to adriaan or bob from idol marine he should advise
     
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    apparently you cant buy the reef octopus skimmer pumps with needle wheel and venturi. you have to send your broken one in to get a new one or els you dont get one. its to prevent people copying skimmers.

    i rate speck pump would be better :)
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    pumps are available seperatley from those who stock the skimmers, what size skimmer you planning im starved for a DIY project to to some math on!!
     
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    lIghty send me a pm regarding the pumps you need, the new bubble blaster pumps are also for sale
     
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    o ok cos i asked nortlands pets who stocks octopus skimmers and thats what they said. i dunno :)

    you kno what burns my butt though. at DUT where i study they got this rig standing outside the fluid mechanics lab. i dont know what it is but its been lying there for years and there is 4 0.5kw pumps on it! and they wont get rid of them :-(
     
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    how much for the new bubble blaster pumps lanzo please pm
     
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    R2470;) quite expensive but every penny worth
     
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    will it fit on a TS1
     
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    You could retro fit it, but it would be way overkill for that skimmer, you would start overskimming
     
  14. lIghty

    lIghty Thread Starter

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    Thanks Guys

    Awesome Leslie, wanna build a monster, coz when I'm finnished with the upgrade on my system I'll have a water volume of almost 4000 ltrs;)

    Just being paying with some idea's, but hopefully put them into action soon.Not sure whether to go thin and tall or short and fat..... so far thinking on going short and fat (coz it like me:lol:)....something like 500/600mm dia and 800/1000mm high:whistling:

    What you guys think?
     
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    OMG! and i gotta roll that!!!!!! lol just kidding :) gonna be fun!. thats big enough to skim the ocean!

    jokes aside. i think it will work great!
     
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    if you goin speck pump i think with your intended head height you should be ok but i think your pumps might suffer a bit if they are not
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    What you mean?
     
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    lIghty Thread Starter

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    :lol:, more hands the better!

    It will roughly hold 150lts just in the skimmer:razz:
     
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    1000mm head height is pretty massive. i'll show you on my diy next time you come round on how big a difference it makes to pump performance. thats why my next diy is only 500 High
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    ermmmmm my whole setup isnt even 180l.. lol

    how many pumps you gonna put on? have you decided what pumps you gonna get yet?
     
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    thats because its an EXT skimmer, I will make this a Recirc skimmer, so won't effect the pumps.
     
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