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Raising the PH via your skimmer.

Discussion in 'Tank Mods & DIY' started by les, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. les

    les Registered

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    There has been a lot of discussions recently about raising PH via feeding your skimmers air intake from outside the property. My tank is approximately 4 meters from my living room outside wall and this is my plan to use the air from outside. I have just ordered a 5m length of white silicone hose with a 10mm internal diameter. You can buy smaller internal diameter but as the air intake of my Nyos 160 has an outside diameter of 10mm I wanted to use the maximum hose diameter that would fit on it (8mm fits tightly but I can use 10mm)
    I don't want pollen and dust etc getting into the pipe so I ordered 2 inline petrol filters (one will be a spare) to filter them out. I will fashion something with a more course netting to prevent insects getting into the end of the pipe (ideas welcome). The hose will be fed through the corner of the living room window frame. I hope the air filters won't put too much restriction on the air drawn into the skimmer but I think it will be fine, if not I can always use a coarser one with internal nylon netting type filter. Watch this space.

    The 5m x 10mm silicon hose.

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    10mm Petrol filter I am going to use as an air filter.

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  2. Eaval

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    the pipe alone will cause restriction, dont forget.
    I would suggest adding a T piece with a smaller diameter from inside you house.
     
  3. Phil077

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    My tank is 8 ft away from back door. I Just leave back door open.
    But that's a good idea Les :clap:
     
  4. warby

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    you might want to look at getting a carbon filter on there to remove any contaminants from the air outside.

    Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
     
  5. cuprajake

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    i looked at this and in then end couldnt get definitive answers.

    you could try a co2 scrubber on the intake of the skimmer,

    do you struggle with ph?
     
  6. les

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    I am doing this more for PH stability and to keep it above 8 rather than the swing between day and night.
     
  7. cuprajake

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    ah i get you.

    mines right by the wall, times ive been tempted to drill it when the mrs is out hahah
     
  8. CEECH

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    do you not have a fuge / algae scrubber which should be keeping your ph more stable ?
     
  9. jim_fitz

    jim_fitz Admin Staff Member

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    Is it raising pH

    or preventng it from falling in the first place ?
     
  10. les

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    Bit of both.
     
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