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GwenInNM 10-25-2012 09:22 PM

Quieting a protein skimmer?
 
I bought a used AquaC Remore HOB protein skimmer Maxi-Jet 1200. The person said it's a bit noisy, but he showed me where he puts a piece of sponge up in the skimmer, but I'm guessing the noise is from the actual pump? Any tips on how to lessen the noise? How do fish feel listening to the noise? Is that a stupid question :lol:

I haven't hooked it up yet, but plan on doing it tomorrow. I really have little clue about skimmers, but decided I must "need" one :)


Gwen

92smokeaccord 10-26-2012 12:17 AM

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Originally Posted by GwenInNM (Post 1287000)
I bought a used AquaC Remore HOB protein skimmer Maxi-Jet 1200. The person said it's a bit noisy, but he showed me where he puts a piece of sponge up in the skimmer, but I'm guessing the noise is from the actual pump? Any tips on how to lessen the noise? How do fish feel listening to the noise? Is that a stupid question :lol:

I haven't hooked it up yet, but plan on doing it tomorrow. I really have little clue about skimmers, but decided I must "need" one :)


Gwen

take the impailer out and clean it.it prob has sand in it.

Pearl2011 10-26-2012 12:25 AM

They probably cant hear the sound but they could maybe fell the vibrations.

Reefing Madness 10-26-2012 12:36 AM

Pumps vibrate some, but make alot of noise? Hmm. Take it apart, clean it up, see what happens. Might need to put a silencer on the air intake tube, thats usually lil noisy.

GwenInNM 10-26-2012 09:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Reefing Madness (Post 1287184)
Pumps vibrate some, but make alot of noise? Hmm. Take it apart, clean it up, see what happens. Might need to put a silencer on the air intake tube, thats usually lil noisy.

Thanks. I'll take it apart. See how there is a plastic strip tie around it? He put that on because he said the pump rattled and this did make it quieter. He explained that the skimmer is a bit louder than a filter, but gets quiet as it does its job. Maybe taking it apart and cleaning will help. My filters make no noise, so I really don't want any noise, but I thought $70, not bad. I'm planning on soon adding 3 yellow tail damsels.

Also, I still have the diatoms, but did scrape and added Seachem Phosguard, so hopefully they will go away :-D

Thanks for your help. Here's a pic of the pump, with the tie thingy, and the algae on the rock. Is this still the diatoms?

Reefing Madness 10-26-2012 10:15 AM

Yea, something is wrong there if you gotta put cable ties on the thing. Sounds like you need a new one. Shouldn't be loud.

GwenInNM 10-26-2012 10:38 AM

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I cleaned the impeller. It looked pretty clean. Here's what I'm going to try, and hope I don't need a new pump :evil: I can fit a sponge between the glass and the pump (pic below) and I put a fluval pre-filter over the tube that I assume R.M. was referring to??

What do any of you think about my algae picture? Diatoms still?

Reefing Madness 10-26-2012 10:54 AM

Looks good. Everything looks as if its proceeding normally. No worries.
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GwenInNM 10-27-2012 03:20 PM

bought a new pump
 
Thanks for the link for the maxi-jet. Found it on amazon for $21. Paid $26 with shipping.

I text the guy who had told me to let him know if I had any problems, asking him for $20 to off set the cost of a new pump. He declined, which is fine. Best to have a good one anyways, that won't make noise. He claims he bought this a year ago. Does $80 I paid seem like a decent deal?

Gwen

bigehugedome 10-28-2012 07:37 PM

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Originally Posted by GwenInNM (Post 1288640)
Thanks for the link for the maxi-jet. Found it on amazon for $21. Paid $26 with shipping.

I text the guy who had told me to let him know if I had any problems, asking him for $20 to off set the cost of a new pump. He declined, which is fine. Best to have a good one anyways, that won't make noise. He claims he bought this a year ago. Does $80 I paid seem like a decent deal?

Gwen

Looks to me like its about $180 online so yea, seams like a good deal!


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