07-16-2009, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Pasfur
This is not the skimmer I use on my 54 bowfront, but it is the skimmer I plan to upgrade to. I have seen the skimmer in action and was impressed with the production and ease of service. I have also talked in person to someone I know well that is using this skimmer on his 125 and is very pleased. Overall, I would not hesitate to buy this unit.
I am personally using the ASM G3 on my 180. I would have suggested an ASM G1 for your 54 bowfront, but the footprint of the ASM models is larger than the Marine Series Advanced Skimmer. Given the small amount of floor space under a 54 bowfront, I think it makes more sense to use the Marine Series skimmer. Plus, you save some cash and still get the needed results.
If your sump is large enough you could split the drain line and have a slow flow into a refugium and the remainder into the return area of your sump, housing the skimmer in the return. The problem becomes adjustments with the skimmer, because evaporation takes place out of the return area, lowering the water pressure placed against the bubbles in the skimmer column. You may also have problems with bubbles from the skimmer discharge entering the return pump and back into the aquarium.
I like this idea!!! My current sump is 8" x 18" (Amiracle Slim Line 50) - AmiracleŽ
The back return area is 8x8. The front section is 8x10. The front 6" is slanted, leaving the 4" closest to the return area flat.
What if I kept my current box and only added the external refugium? I could add a 10x11 fuge and have it fall into the return area.
Would the front or back section of my current sump be large enough to hold the protein skimmer and do what I want? I could easily flip the box and make the 8x8 flat section house the protein skimmer and the larger area catch the fuge water and pump it back to the tank.
Would that work?