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Something you should do with most skimmers.

Discussion in 'Tank Mods & DIY' started by les, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. les

    les Registered

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    I guess you're wondering just what that might be and I would also guess few ever do this, so what is it?

    Most skimmers are fitted with an air inlet pipe and or silencer and as you will know air is sucked into the skimmer via one or the other. Now along with air, the skimmer will also suck in dust and anything else in the air. Over time this can build up in the venturi and reduce the efficiency of your skimmer as it can build up inside various parts of the venruri. The answer to this is to attach a short length of pipe to the silencer, get some very hot water in a cup r mug and put the open end into it. The skimmer will suck the hot water in and through the venturi and cleaning it of crud, it may also help clean the impellor at the same time. If your skimmer simply has an open ended pipe to the venturi put the end of this into the hot water, if it has an air filter remove this and replace on completion. This is worth doing every couple of months or so and will help maintain your skimmer at optimum efficiency.
     
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    Donald approves your post
     
  3. nozzer

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    Would it be not better just cleaning the skimmer pump out when doing maintenance.
     
  4. les

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    Of course, if you want to do it monthly or so. My tip is not a replacement for pump cleaning but to supplement it and help keep the skimmer working at maximum efficiency and maybe even prolong the cleaning of the pumps impellor but mainly the area where the air tube enters the skimmer body..
     
  5. Phil077

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    I Had a strange whistling sound coming from the intake pipe. drove me mad. Deltec 1456
    Cleaned the hose now its fine,
     
  6. les

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    Possibly due to the area where the air tube goes into the venturi as the hole can slowly close up and that could be causing the whistling sound.
     
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  7. doug_amanda

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    I have the deltec 1456 and although its a good skimmer its had its problems and I'm slowly falling out of love with it. I can't say hand on heart that for the extra cost its any better than the BM curve 5 it replaced.
     
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    I Agree. my bm c7 was just as good. this has had problems from the start. bm 7 not missed a beat
     
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